AARP Cheat Sheet: Friday, January 28


(Betty White explains why she'll join AARP as an ambassador.)
Happy Friday! Oh, looks like Egypt has shut down their Internet in response to protests? Oh boy. Today also marks the 25th anniversary of the Challenger disaster. NASA admin Bill Gerstenmaier: ""I think the real underlying lesson is, our business is not easy. The things we do are very unforgiving. Very small, minor details count a lot and you really have to pay attention to those and really work those hard."

The American Red Cross says it's very low on blood. (Find a place to donate here.)

"If true, the SMS might be the only time that a wireless carrier's SMS message has ever been useful." Wired, on the news that a female suicide bomber's explosives were accidentally set off by her wireless carrier's automatic SMS message.

Sweet: "A Canadian man who ran a telemarketing scam targeting elderly Americans was sentenced to more than nine years in federal prison, prosecutors in Los Angeles said Thursday."

Thomas Edison in 1911, on what the year 2011 would look like:

"In the magical days to come there is no reason why our great liners should not be of solid gold from stem to stern; why we should not ride in golden taxicabs, or substituted gold for steel in our drawing room suites."

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