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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On August 13, 2014 @ 5:05 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

monkey selfie [1]

1. When a monkey takes a selfie, it raises complicated copyright issues. (Learn more at The Guardian [1])

2. A robot is hitchhiking across Canada. (Learn more at hitchBOT.me [2])

3. According to recent retirees, the average income you need to live comfortably is $58,000 a year. (Learn more at AARP [4])

retirement check [5]

4. It’s hard to hide $41,000 in your underwear. (Learn more at NBC10 [6])

>> Slideshow: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Rick James [7]

5. A bite from the lone star tick can make you allergic to red meat. (Learn more at AARP [8])

Lone Star tick [9]

6. London is the millionaire capital of the world. (Learn more at The Guardian [10])

Jaguar car in London [10]

7. The peak time for sending dirty text messages is between 10 a.m. and noon on Tuesdays. (Learn more at Betabeat [11])

smartphone [11]

>> Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. [12]

8. Your coffee might have dirt filler in it. (Learn more from the American Chemical Society [13])

cup of coffee [13]

9. Eating fish every week will make your brain grow. (Learn more at AARP [14])

Trout [15]

10. Visitors to a new Chinese attraction will experience simulated death, cremation and rebirth. (Learn more at CNN [16])

11. An “origami” robot can assemble itself from a flat sheet and crawl forward in just a few minutes. (Learn more at Newsweek [17])

Self-Folding-Robots-003-cropped [17]


Bonus video: The human slinky is on the loose:

Post [18] by El Show De Piolin [19].


Learn something this week? Mail your ideas to 11things@aarp.org [20], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag #11things [21].

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Images – Monkey: Wikimedia; Check illustration: AARP; Lone star tick: CDC; Jaguar in London: Flickr/Michael Summers [22]; Cellphone photo: Flickr/Pro Juventute [23] – illus. AARP;
Plus – illustration – AARP; Coffee: Flickr/Stephen Rees [24];  Fish: Flickr/Jen R [25]; Origami robot: Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard [26];

Music – Nobel Backgroundmusic – by Why/Jamendo [27] – Creative Commons


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[1] Image: http://www.theguardian.com/technology/video/2014/aug/07/monkey-owns-selfie-wikimedia-video

[2] hitchBOT.me: http://www.hitchbot.me/

[3] http://www.vimeo.com/100845249: http://www.vimeo.com/100845249

[4] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/06/your-new-retirement-number-58000/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[5] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/06/your-new-retirement-number-58000/

[6] NBC10: http://www.nbcphiladelphia.com/news/local/78-Year-old-Woman-Caught-With-Cash-in-Girdle-at-Airport--270698801.html

[7] >> Slideshow: 10 Things You Didn’t Know About Rick James: http://www.aarp.org/entertainment/music/info-2014/rick-james-music-photo.html#slide1?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[8] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/11/a-tick-bite-to-make-you-fear-red-meat/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[9] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/11/a-tick-bite-to-make-you-fear-red-meat/

[10] The Guardian: http://www.theguardian.com/cities/2014/aug/05/london-millionaire-capital-world-city-new-york-tokyo

[11] Betabeat: http://betabeat.com/2014/08/study-most-sexting-occurs-on-tuesdays-between-10-a-m-and-noon/

[12] >> Get entertainment and dining discounts with your AARP Member Advantages.: http://discounts.aarp.org/savings/discounts/dining-andamp;-entertainment/uSource/HCTN/categoryId/724/subCategoryId/725?intcmp=AE-BL-ENT-DISC

[13] American Chemical Society: http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2014-08/acs-kci070814.php

[14] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/11/rx-for-brain-baked-or-broiled-fish-every-week/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[15] Image: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/11/rx-for-brain-baked-or-broiled-fish-every-week/

[16] CNN: http://www.cnn.com/2014/08/10/travel/china-death-experience/index.html

[17] Newsweek: http://www.newsweek.com/origami-robot-can-self-assemble-and-walk-without-human-help-263381

[18] Post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?v=10152405210714442

[19] El Show De Piolin: https://www.facebook.com/elshowdepiolin

[20] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[21] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[22] Flickr/Michael Summers: https://www.flickr.com/photos/canonsnapper/

[23] Flickr/Pro Juventute: https://www.flickr.com/photos/pro-juventute/

[24] Flickr/Stephen Rees: http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephen_rees/

[25] Flickr/Jen R: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jypsygen/

[26] Wyss Institute for Biologically Inspired Engineering, Harvard: http://wyss.harvard.edu/

[27] Why/Jamendo: http://www.jamendo.com/en/artist/358221/why

[28] Transparent Mice and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/06/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-54/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[29] 7 Things You Should Never Say to Customer Service: http://www.aarp.org/money/budgeting-saving/info-07-2008/seven_things_never_say.html?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[30] 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

[31] Join AARP: https://appsec.aarp.org/MSS/join/application?keycode=U9ZTPH9&intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-MEM

[32] AARP home page: http://www.aarp.org/?intcmp=AE-ENDART3-BL-HP

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