11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Hippos and whales are cousins. (Learn more at Discovery) 2. In a British variety of soccer, players walk rather than run. (Learn more at The Blaze) 3. New evidence shows that feeding peanuts to babies might help them beat peanut allergies. (Learn more at USA Today) 4. A new mind-controlled bionic hand works almost as well as a flesh-and-blood transplant. (Learn more at Discovery) >> Enter our $25,000 Rewards for Good Sweepstakes! See official …

This Week in Boomer History: Otis Redding … John Lennon

Noteworthy events from our shared experience Otis Redding dies at age 26 when his private plane crashes near Madison, Wis., on Dec. 10, 1967. His song “(Sittin’ on) The Dock of the Bay,” recorded three days earlier, becomes the first song released posthumously to reach No. 1 on Billboard’s Hot 100. Candy tycoon Robert Welch Jr. founds the anticommunist John Birch Society on Dec. 9, 1958. Named after an intelligence officer (and Baptist missionary) killed in China at the close of World War …

Nuts for a Longer Life? Yes, but Which Ones Are Best?

Eating a handful of nuts a day may be all it takes to help ward off serious disease and prolong a healthy life, says a major new study. In the largest study to date to look at whether eating nuts can help you live longer, researchers who followed 76,464 women and 42,498 men for 30 years found that people who ate nuts every day were 20 percent less likely to die from heart disease, cancer or any other cause, compared …