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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 07/23/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Parents are serving “smash cakes” for youngsters to destroy at their birthday parties. (Learn more at Today) 2. About one in five Americans — some 57 million in all — live in multigenerational family households (Learn more at AARP) 3. A Chinese woman takes her 88-year-old grandma with her to work every day, sometimes on her back. (Learn more at Daily Mail) >> Sign up for the AARP Health Newsletter  4. Beetles killed a …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 07/16/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and … fun 1. Americans who are 65 or older feel better about their physical appearance than younger  — even much younger — people. (Learn more at Gallup) 2. Paul McCartney and Warren Buffett are buddies. (Learn more at AARP) 3. There’s no need to fast before a routine cholesterol test. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Google and Novartis are teaming up to make a contact lens that can monitor blood sugar levels. (Learn more at New York Times) >> Sign up …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 07/9/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The extinct pelagornis bird had a wingspan as wide as 24 feet.  (Learn more at International Business Times) 2. The Nazi’s “perfect Aryan” poster child was Jewish. (Learn more at The Telegraph) 3. A computer chip that delivers a contraceptive hormone can be turned off when a woman wants to get pregnant. (Learn more at CNET) 4. Scientists know where an on-off switch for consciousness is located in the brain. (Learn more at New …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 07/2/2014 by |News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun 1. The newly discovered elephant shrew resembles a chubby mouse with an anteater’s snout. (Learn more at sfist) 2. Consumers rank Taco Bell burritos, Subway subs and McDonald’s burgers near the bottom of their respective categories. (Learn more at Consumer Reports) 3. The new Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York displays a brooch made from human teeth, a traditional mourning food cookbook and a “spirit photo booth.” (Learn more at Time) 4.  A rare vampire squid photographed by scientists …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 06/24/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun    1. Six Flags Great America in Gurnee, Ill., has the world’s fastest, tallest and steepest wooden roller coaster. (Learn more at ABCNews.com) 2. Nearly 60 percent of the Americans who bought health insurance through new online marketplaces were previously uninsured — most of them for at least two years. (Learn more at AARP)   3. More than one in every 10 cars on the road in the United States have been recalled so far this year. (Learn more …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 06/18/2014 by |In Other News . . . | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and … fun     1. Naked mole-rats may hold the secret to conquering aging in humans. (Learn more at Vox.com) 2. A man in deep thought has been lurking beneath one of Pablo Picasso’s first masterpieces. (Learn more at AARP)   3. A new “smart cup” can recognize and track everything you drink — and even tell the difference between Coke and Pepsi. (Learn more at The Verge)   >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. 4. The stereotype of …