11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. The world’s first 3-D printed car took about 44 hours to assemble. (Learn more at Mashable) 2. Ditching your cellphone? It’s best to scramble all the data (including nude selfies) before erasing it. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Delta has installed smaller toilets on some of its flights to squeeze in more seats. (Learn more at AARP) >> 19 New Fall TV Shows for Grownups 4. A funeral home in Michigan offers a drive-thru …

Road Trips the Right Way

I love road trips. I’ve been crazy about them ever since the days when my parents loaded my two sisters and me into the Pontiac station wagon and went off to visit relatives or take a family vacation. On Sundays we would go for long family drives, and I always secretly wished my dad would aim the car toward the unknown and we’d be off on an unexpected adventure. Flying will never hold the anticipation and joy the highway does …

11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun …   1. Dr. Phil has a $65,000 “fountain of youth” pod – reportedly one of only 16 in the world - in his house. (Learn more at AARP) 2.Passengers and crew members on a flight diverted to Newfoundland on Sept. 11, 2001, have helped send to college more than 130 students from Lewisporte, the tiny Canadian town that took in the flight members. (Learn more at AARP) 3. Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh have …

Computer-Operated Car Takes Congressman for a Ride

Rep. Bill Shuster (R-Pa.) yelled at his driver on the way to the airport on Sept. 6, but the driver didn’t even bother to respond. It was a computer. Shuster, the chairman of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, was testing a driverless car, designed by Carnegie Mellon University researchers, on a 30-mile ride to Pittsburgh International Airport. One of the researchers was positioned in the driver’s seat – just in case. (Or maybe to make sure that people in other …

Buying a Car With Alzheimer’s. Seriously?

I’ve seen the occasional sensational story about a car dealer selling someone who is cognitively impaired – think

Steer Clear of These Common Parking Scams

It can be a tough road maneuvering around scams. And it doesn’t get any easier when you’re just parking. Consider these six ploys: Movie violations. Crooks wait in movie theater parking lots and after you go inside, they break into your car – specifically to glean your address from the vehicle registration and then go burglarize your home with a two-hour window of opportunity. Keep your vehicle registration, as well as your GPS and other valuables, in a locked glove …