11 Things We Didn’t Know Last Week

News, discoveries and … fun 1. The newly discovered elephant shrew resembles a chubby mouse with an anteater’s snout. (Learn more at sfist) 2. Consumers rank Taco Bell burritos, Subway subs and McDonald’s burgers near the bottom of their respective categories. (Learn more at Consumer Reports) 3. The new Morbid Anatomy Museum in New York displays a brooch made from human teeth, a traditional mourning food cookbook and a “spirit photo booth.” (Learn more at Time) 4.  A rare vampire squid photographed by scientists …

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 …