11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. Bacteria in your gut – some crave sugar, others want fat – might be dictating what you eat. (Learn more at The Atlantic) 2. Having an office window can help you sleep at night, lower your blood pressure and keep you in a better mood. (Learn more at AARP) 3. $100 is worth $115.74 in Mississippi, but only $84.60 in Washington, D.C. (Learn more at Washington Post) >> America’s Best Small Towns 4. The complexity of a …

Soccer: The Gift From a Younger Generation

A crowd of several hundred people has gathered in a town square between a church and a school in the colonial city of Cuenca, Ecuador, where our family is vacationing. The World Cup has brought them together to follow the fate of their national team, competing in Brazil. Ecuador scores to even the game, and the crowd goes wild. I turn to look at my daughter, who’s the reason I know anything at all about this great sport. She was just …

Meet 6 Animals That Predict World Cup Winners

Can animals predict which teams win 2014 World Cup matches? In 2010, an octopus named Paul correctly predicted the outcome of eight World Cup matches in a row, including the final showdown between Spain and the Netherlands. >> Get travel discounts with your AARP Member Advantages. In 2010, after winning worldwide attention as an animal oracle, Paul passed away at the tender age of two and a half – a normal lifespan for an octopus vulgaris. But a raft of other …

Freestyle Soccer Star Séan Garnier Wows Crowd With Old-Man Prank

Meet Grandpa Memo. He’s the aging alter ego of Séan Garnier, a freestyle soccer star from Sens, France, whose uncanny ability to incorporate break dancing and a jaw-dropping array of tricks into his sport has won him a devoted legion of fans worldwide. Garnier, 29, spent five hours being made up as someone well into his older years to slip incognito into a pick-up game with the locals for a commercial staged by the Mexican retail company Coppel. >> Get …

Las predicciones de Fernando Fiore para el Mundial

Por Celeste Rodas de Juárez En medio de promover su Fútbol Tour Magazine (una guí­a por los estadios, ciudades y equipos de Brasil 2014) y estar preparando su cobertura del Mundial para Univision, Fernando Fiore compartió con AARP en Español sus “predicciones” para Brasil 2014. Vale aclarar que casi todas sus respuestas fueron muy objetivas, pero que al tomar el tema de quién se llevará la copa, es evidente que toda su energí­a, pasión y pronósticos van a su paí­s …

Crisis de cara al Mundial de Brasil

La copa del Mundial se encuentra en Brasil y a solo dí­as que comience el Mundial, el paí­s anfitrión sigue enfrentando problemas de organización. Una reciente encuesta del diario Folha de Sao Paulo, arrojó que el 58 por ciento de los brasileños repudian la celebración  del evento deportivo más importante del mundo en su paí­s. La justa, que regresa a Brasil luego de 64 años, estaba destinada a ser una gran celebración con todo el sabor, colorido y alegrí­a de …