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The most surprising, funny, inspiring and unusual stories we found as we scoured the Web and the world for you this week. These are the stories everyone will be talking about this weekend. Share your feedback, and your own discoveries with us by writing to 11things [at] aarp [dot] org

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11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 12/11/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Cockroaches that survive harsh winters have invaded New York. (Learn more at U.S. News) 2. Saturn’s six-sided jet stream creates a stunning GIF. (Learn more at Engadget.com) 3. Singer Susan Boyle has Asperger’s Syndrome. (Learn more at AARP) 4. Kitty, the most popular name for female kittens from 2000 to 2006, has dropped behind Bella and Lucy. (Learn more at Vetstreet) 5. Not all species decline with age, a new survey finds. (Learn more at …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 12/4/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Humans may have evolved from pigs mating with chimps. (Learn more at Daily Mail) 2. Lists are perfect for the Web because they “tap into into our preferred way of receiving and organizing information at a subconscious level.” (Learn more at The New Yorker) 3. Phytophthora, a water mold that causes the roots of Christmas trees to rot, is a national problem. (NBC News) 4. Scientists can train locusts to recognize odors. (Learn more at …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week – Thanksgiving Edition

Posted on 11/27/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 ThingsNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Millennials are about twice as likely to believe in aliens as boomers (27 percent vs. 14 percent). (Learn more at AARP) 2. Connecticut twins who never married and lived modestly in their parents’  home revealed a multi-million dollar secret when they died. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Men’s noses are bigger than women’s. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. The U.S. Postal Service has begun Sunday deliveries in New York and Los Angeles. (Learn more at Yahoo) 5. Vancouver outlawed doorknobs. (Learn …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 11/20/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Now you can stay in Africa’s first underwater hotel room. (Learn more at BBC) 2. Scientists have discovered trapped seawater near the Chesapeake Bay that may be 150 million years old. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. Despite reports to the contrary, comedian Andy Kaufman is still dead. (Learn more at AARP) 4. After 150 years, the Harrisburg Patriot-News admits that the Gettysburg Address wasn’t “silly remarks.” (Learn more at Patriot-News) 5. An airplane …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 11/13/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun … 1. Two Swedish women have invented an inflatable bike helmet. (Learn more at Sports Illustrated) 2. Military veteran dogs find second careers as explosives detectives at the U.S. Capitol. (Learn more at Washington Post) 3. A new kind of tattoo on your throat could be used as a microphone — and double as a lie detector. (Learn more at Discovery) 4. The classic rubber duckie and the game of chess are in the National Toy Hall of …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

Posted on 11/6/2013 by | News, Culture, Sights and Sounds | Comments

11 Things | Bulletin TodayNews, discoveries and fun …   1. The world’s first glow-in-the-dark ice cream uses jellyfish proteins. (Learn more at Lick Me I’m Delicious) 2. A beagle named Elvis can smell when polar bears are pregnant at the Cincinnati zoo. (Learn more at Cincinnati Zoo) 3. Customs agents in Los Angeles recovered a 1953 Triumph motorcycle that was stolen from a Nebraska man’s backyard nearly 46 years ago. (Learn more at Orange County Register) 4. Twenty Pound Carp, a fish with its …