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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted By Steve Mencher On August 20, 2014 @ 5:15 pm In 11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week | No Comments

News, discoveries and … fun

cupcake [1]

1. Bacteria in your gut – some crave sugar, others want fat – might be dictating what you eat. (Learn more at The Atlantic [1])

2. Having an office window can help you sleep at night, lower your blood pressure and keep you in a better mood. (Learn more at AARP [2])

Window and sunlight [2]

3. $100 is worth $115.74 in Mississippi, but only $84.60 in Washington, D.C. (Learn more at Washington Post [3])

Relative value of $100 infographic [4]

>> America’s Best Small Towns [5]

4. The complexity of a 4-year-old’s drawings can predict intelligence a decade later. (Learn more at King’s College London [6])

Children's drawings [6]

5. Yawning isn’t your body’s trick to send oxygen to the brain after all. (Learn more at the Wall Street Journal [7])

Woman yawning [7]

6. Too much salt in your diet is bad, but too little salt might be just as bad. (Learn more at AARP [8])

>> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. [9]

7. The bigger the wedding, the better the marriage. (Learn more at National Marriage Project [10])

Wedding [10]

8. Honda Accords and Chevy pickups are the most-stolen vehicles in two-thirds of states. (Learn more at Consumerist.com [11])

9. Can’t tell satire from the real news? Facebook is testing a label. (Learn more at BBC [12])

The Onion responds to Facebook test [12]

The Onion’s cheeky response to Facebook’s test

10. A new kid’s bike can grow with its rider. (Learn more at Gizmodo [13])

Animated GIF of Doppelganger adjustable bicycle [13]

11. The best city for soccer moms (and dads) is Tacoma, Wash., thanks to high enthusiasm for the game and low prices for gas and snacks. (Learn more at NerdWallet [14])

Best cities for soccer parents inforgraphic [15]


Bonus video: After a few days of reflection, David Letterman has this tribute to his friend, Robin Williams:

YouTube Preview Image [16]


Learn something this week? Mail your ideas to 11things@aarp.org [17], and we’ll try to include your story next time.

On Twitter, we’re using the hashtag #11things [18].

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Images: Cupcake: Flickr/Jillwillrun [19]; Woman looking out window: iStock/Squaredpixels [20]; Chart $100: Courtesy of Tax Foundation [21]; Children’s drawings: Twins Early Development Study, King’s College London [6]; Woman yawning:  iStock/Skynesher [22]; Women getting married: Flickr/D&K [23]; The Onion: Screenshot; Bike: Courtesy of Doppelganger [24]; Soccer chart: linked from NerdWallet [14]

Music: Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and His Orchestra – “Blue Blazes” by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix project.

>> Next: This Week in Boomer History: Me Decade … Ryan’s 5K K’s … ‘Prague Spring’ Ends [25]


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[1] Image: http://www.theatlantic.com/health/archive/2014/08/your-gut-bacteria-want-you-to-eat-a-cupcake/378702/

[2] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/18/windows-help-workers-improve-their-health/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

[3] Washington Post: http://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/govbeat/wp/2014/08/18/map-how-much-100-is-really-worth-in-every-state/

[4] Image: http://www.taxfoundation.org/maps

[5] >> America’s Best Small Towns: http://travel.aarp.org/articles-tips/articles/info-07-2014/best-small-towns-america-photo.html#slide1?intcmp=AE-BLIL-DOTORG

[6] King’s College London: http://www.kcl.ac.uk/iop/news/records/2014/August/Childrens-drawings-indicate-later-intelligence.aspx

[7] Wall Street Journal: http://online.wsj.com/articles/the-real-reason-we-yawn-1408403897

[8] AARP: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/14/should-everyone-cut-salt-intake-study-says-no/?intcmp=AE-BLIL-BL

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

[10] National Marriage Project: http://nationalmarriageproject.org/reports/?_ga=1.162729407.2063250461.1408550270

[11] Consumerist.com: http://consumerist.com/2014/08/18/map-of-most-stolen-car-models-in-each-state-shows-car-thieves-need-more-variety/#more-10176839

[12] BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-28834682

[13] Gizmodo: http://gizmodo.com/this-balance-bike-grows-as-fast-as-your-kids-do-1620774930

[14] NerdWallet: http://www.nerdwallet.com/blog/insurance/2014/08/18/cities-soccer-moms-dads-insurance/

[15] Image: http://cdn.nerdwallet.com/infographics/soccer_bestcities_mom_dad.jpg

[16] Image: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4bVgilYncao

[17] 11things@aarp.org: mailto:11things@aarp.org

[18] #11things: https://twitter.com/search?src=typd&q=%2311things

[19] Flickr/Jillwillrun: https://www.flickr.com/photos/jow/

[20] iStock/Squaredpixels: http://www.istockphoto.com/profile/Squaredpixels

[21] Tax Foundation: http://taxfoundation.org/

[22] iStock/Skynesher: http://www.istockphoto.com/profile/skynesher

[23] Flickr/D&K: https://www.flickr.com/photos/darcyandkat/

[24] Doppelganger: http://www.doppelganger.jp/en/catalog/

[25] >> Next: This Week in Boomer History: Me Decade … Ryan’s 5K K’s … ‘Prague Spring’ Ends: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/17/this-week-in-boomer-history-me-decade-ryans-5k-ks-prague-spring-ends/?intcmp=AE-BL-LEADIN

[26] Peak Time of Day for ‘Sexting’ and Other Things We Didn’t Know Last Week: http://blog.aarp.org/2014/08/13/11-things-we-didnt-know-last-week-55/?intcmp=AE-ENDART1-BL-REL

[27] Are You a Viagra Wife?: http://blog.aarp.org/2011/04/25/are-you-a-viagra-wife/?intcmp=AE-ENDART2-BL-BOS

[28] 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

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

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

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