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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On August 6, 2014 @ 4:14 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

geep [1]

1. What do you get if you cross a sheep and a goat? A “geep.” (Learn more at People [2])

2. After 10 years and four billion miles, the Rosetta spacecraft will slow to the pace of a person walking to examine a 2.5-mile-wide comet. (Learn more at NY Times [3])

Rosetta at comet [4]

3. Your bag of potato chips can hear what you’re saying – and perhaps even let others eavesdrop. (Learn more at The Verge [5])

Bag of Lay's Potato Chips [6]

4. A tear, like a snowflake, is unique. (Learn more at Studio 360 [7])

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5. President Barack Obama received a total of 274 gifts from foreign countries and their leaders from 2009 to 2012, including a bottle of Å»ubrówka (Bison Grass Vodka). (Learn more at the Washington Post [9])

Zubrowka Bison Grass Vodka from Poland [10]

6. Scientists have created transparent mice that could help them trace the flow of blood or see how cancer spreads. (Learn more at CBS News [11])

transparent mice [12]

7. Giant penguins once walked the Earth. (Learn more at New Scientist [13])

giant penguins [14]

8. The unhealthiest restaurant meal in the United States? Weighing in at 3,540 calories and 69 grams of saturated fat, it’s Red Robin’s “Monster”-size A.1. Peppercorn Burger with “Bottomless Steak Fries” and a “Monster Salted Caramel Milkshake.” (Learn more at AARP [15])

peppercorn burger [16]

>> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. [17]

9. After age 30, a man’s testosterone drops about 1 percent a year. (Learn more at AARP [18])

Thirty-somethings [19]

10. When President Richard Nixon decided to resign in 1974, he faced such strong resistance from his wife that he brought a transcript of the “smoking gun” tape to a family meeting to show her how bad it was. (Learn more at Associated Press [20])

Richard Nixon [21]

11. A 20-year-old Brazilian model has spent more than $50,000 in cosmetic surgeries to turn himself into a real-life version of Barbie’s boyfriend, Ken. (Learn more at Yahoo! News [22])

Real-life Ken [23]


Bonus video: The amazing and unexpected story of a bear with a big heart is making the rounds…

YouTube Preview Image [24]

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Images -  “Geep”: My Petting Zoo via Facebook [27]; Rosetta Orbiter: European Space Agency [28]; potato chips: theimpulsivebuy via Flickr [29]; tear: Facing North East via Flickr [30]; vodka: Jojo via Wikipedia [31]; transparent mice: Cell, Yang et al., 2014, Cell.com © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved [32]; mega penguin: New Scientist [33]; men: Eli Brody via Flickr [34]; Nixon: Wikimedia [35]; “Ken” model: Celso Santebanes via Instragram [36]


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[1] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/geep.jpg

[2] People: http://www.peoplepets.com/people/pets/article/0,,20839812,00.html?hootPostID=8c625cec908e1f5e32c8b09f9dd2797f

[3] NY Times: http://nyti.ms/1tSDPfN

[4] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Rosetta-at-comet.jpg

[5] The Verge: http://www.theverge.com/2014/8/4/5968243/mit-turns-recorded-vibrations-back-into-speech-and-music

[6] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/4442138383_98060c8c60_b.jpg

[7] Studio 360: http://www.studio360.org/story/topography-tears-photographer-rose-lynn-fisher/

[8] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/4511325173_0fa86e19fe_o.jpg

[9] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/the-fix/wp/2014/08/04/every-gift-given-to-barack-obama-between-2009-and-2012-ranked/

[10] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Zubrowka-bisongrass-vodka.jpg

[11] CBS News: http://www.cbsnews.com/news/scientists-create-see-through-mice

[12] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/transparent-mice.jpg

[13] New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25990-extinct-mega-penguin-was-tallest-and-heaviest-ever.html#.U-Jwg7ZH-3X

[14] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/dn25990-3_1200.jpg

[15] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/31/the-years-9-highest-calorie-xtreme-restaurant-meals/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[16] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/peppercorn-burger.png

[17] >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/travel/index/uSource/HCTN?intcmp=AE-BL-TRV-DISC

[18] AARP: http://www.aarp.org/health/conditions-treatments/info-2014/low-testosterone-therapy-controversy.html?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[19] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/3160109800_1363837bc0_b.jpg

[20] Associated Press: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/nixon-tapes-released-resignations-anniversary

[21] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/Nixon_edited_transcripts.jpg

[22] Yahoo! News: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/oddnews/man-who-underwent-4-surgeries-to-look-like-ken-doll-is-releasing-doll-of-his-own-190347362.html

[23] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/wp-content/uploads/2014/08/10374869_646184615469686_5707154091873779422_n.jpg

[24] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gJ_3BN0m7S8

[25] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[26] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[27] My Petting Zoo via Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/MyPettingZooLLC

[28] European Space Agency: http://www.esa.int/Our_Activities/Space_Science/Rosetta/The_Rosetta_orbiter

[29] theimpulsivebuy via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/theimpulsivebuy/4442138383/

[30] Facing North East via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/facing_north_east/4511325173/

[31] Jojo via Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C5%BBubr%C3%B3wka#mediaviewer/File:Zubrowka_vodka_01.jpg

[32] Cell.com © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved: http://www.cell.com/action/showImagesData?pii=S0092-8674%2814%2900931-3

[33] New Scientist: http://www.newscientist.com/article/dn25990-extinct-mega-penguin-was-tallest-and-heaviest-ever.html#.U-JxQrZH-3X

[34] Eli Brody via Flickr: https://www.flickr.com/photos/coldphage/

[35] Wikimedia: http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/0/04/Nixon_edited_transcripts.jpg

[36] Celso Santebanes via Instragram: http://instagram.com/celsosantebanes

[37] Insects as a Food Source and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/07/30/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-53/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[38] 7 Unsolved Mysteries Boomers Can’t Forget: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/03/28/7-unsolved-mysteries-boomers-cant-forget/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[39] Fight fraud and ID theft with the AARP Fraud Watch Network.: http://www.aarp.org/money/scams-fraud/fraud-watch-network/?intcmp=AE-BL-ENDART-ADV-FWN

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