11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun … 1. Rinsing raw chicken doesn’t get rid of bacteria; it just spreads the germs. (Learn more at AARP) 2. Santa Claus doesn’t get jury duty. (Learn more at Yahoo) 3. In Britain, it takes just 58 minutes, on average, for a newborn’s picture to appear on social media. (Learn more at The Telegraph) 4. Plain toast for breakfast can make you fat. (Learn more at AARP) 5. A 93-year-old Brit broke his own world record as the world’s oldest “wing walker.” (Learn more …

Diana Nyad says at SXSW She Will Make 5th Attempt at Cuba-Florida Swim

Hey everyone! It’s team AARP from SXSW – Karin Miller (TN), Kim Loop, (TX), Jenn Baier, (IL) and Jim Flaherty and Jessica Prell (WI) this morning we got to go on a walk with Diana Nyad while she was at SXSW. We were so inspired!  When Diana Nyad was an 18-year-old Olympic hopeful, she walked out on the pool deck at the trials afraid that the years of 4:30 a.m. workouts and sets of 1,000 situps would end in failure. …

Diana Nyad Nears Florida Keys and 63rd Birthday On Fourth Day of Swim

Update: Sad news! Soon after I posted this update this morning, CNN reported that Diana Nyad had to be pulled from the water due to severe jellyfish stings and a dangerous lightening storm. “With all the threats continuing, Diana decided that it was not a risk that we wanted to take,” Nyad’s operations chief Mark Sollinger said.

How do you spell “Badass?”

N – Y – A – D. Yup, Diana Nyad is at it again. Not gonna quit. Not gonna take no or “too old” as an answer. 103 miles from Cuba to Florida through shark and jellyfish infested waters. At the age of 63. Swimming. Walk 103 miles would make most people balk. Let alone in an environment that, well frankly, is just not for humans. Still, this isn’t some unplanned or spontaneous stunt. She’s practicing, training. Planning. Those jellyfish …