11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun...


1.  Howdy Doody (and Van Gogh) could help save Detroit. (Learn more at AARP)

2. The YouTube sensation "Grandma Drummer" has revealed her identity. (Learn more at  AARP)

3. A stench like rotting flesh from a blossoming corpse flower attracts not only bugs but humans, too. (Learn more at Washington Post)


4.  The days of $3 a gallon gas are gone for good.  (Learn more at  AARP)

5. "Silver shoplifting" in Japan has doubled since 2002. (Learn more at  Portland Press Herald)

6. You can do 7 things in the bedroom to improve your health; only one involves sex. (Learn more at AARP)

7. Amateur golfer Sid Beckwith shot a 95 on his 95th birthday, the 858th time he has matched or beat his age. (Learn more at  AARP)


8. Eating more watermelon could help you catch more ZZZs. (Learn more at  AARP)

9. Bakery chain Sprinkles has opened three cupcake ATMs to satisfy sweet-tooths 24/7. (Learn more at  Dallas Morning News)

Chocolate Cupcake

10.  Worms could reveal valuable clues for the treatment of Alzheimer's disease. (Learn more at Laboratory Equipment)

11. Cats have their own retirement communities. (Learn more at Zimmer Foundation)

Learn something this week? Let us know, at 11things@aarp.org, and we'll try to include your story next time.

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Howdy Doody photo: "Double Doody," Howdy Doody's stand-in puppet, on permanent display at the Smithsonian Institution.

Corpse flower photo: by Amy Young/Flickr

Golfer photo: Leslie Jones, Boston Public Library/Flickr

Cupcake photo: by JillWillRun/Flickr

Home page photo of unhappy woman: Ron Chapple Stock/Alamy

Music: Deep Sky Blue by Graphiqs Groove


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