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11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and ... fun

Strati Printed Car

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)

smart phone in trash can

3. Delta has installed smaller toilets on some of its flights to squeeze in more seats. (Learn more at AARP)

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4. A funeral home in Michigan offers a drive-thru window. (Learn more at WNEM-TV, Saginaw)

Drive-Through Funeral

5. The first known swimming dinosaur ate sharks and was 50 feet long, even longer than T. Rex. (Learn more at Nature)

Swimming dinosaur

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6. Hand grip strength may be a far better indication of age than years. (Learn more at NY Times)

Hand grip strength test - dynamometer

7. Many people can smell their political allies. (Learn more at AARP)

8. Pope Francis will hand out copies of the Gospel of Mark with large-sized type at a special mass for grandparents. (Learn more at AARP)

Pope Francis
Marco Campagna

9. The key to a happy retirement is a happy wife.  (Learn more at AARP)

Happy couple

10. Tequila was used for nutrition and energy, as well as intoxication, in prehistoric Mexico. (Learn more at Discovery)

11. Most older millennials consider it more important to enjoy a job than to make money. (Learn more at AARP)

Bonus video:

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Images — 3-D printed car: Local Motors; Cellphone recycling: Thinkstock/AARP; Drive-through funeral: WNEM-TV, Saginaw, Mich., screenshot; Dinosaur: Nature Publishing Group via Copyright Clearance Center; Dynamomete: iStock/banksphotos;  Pope Francis: iStock/neneos; iStock/Douglove.

Music – Smithsonian Jazz Masterworks Orchestra plays Jimmie Lunceford and his Orchestra – Blue Blazes by Sy Oliver, Creative Commons, courtesy of Smithsonian Remix project.


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