11 Things We Didn't Know Last Week

News, discoveries and fun ...


1. Trying to shame people into losing weight only makes them get fatter. (Learn more at AARP)

2. Former President George H.W. Bush looks great Michael Jordan style. (Learn more at Daily Mail)


3. Bush hates broccoli, but former President (and current vegan) Bill Clinton substitutes whipped cauliflower for mashed potatoes. (Learn more at AARP)


4. Old Jews can tell the same jokes 500 times and still get laughs. (Learn more at AARP)

Dan Okrent tatoo photo credit Eric Spiegelman

5. Scientists are growing teeth from human urine. (Learn more at BBC News)

6. Your trash could be the best place to find a million bucks. (Learn more at AARP)


7. Police in Germany can't decide whether it's illegal to drive a swimming pool. (Learn more at National Turk)

Swimming pool car

8. Singing "Happy Birthday" makes the cake taste better. (Learn more at NBC News)

birthday cake

9. A British cell phone company says it has invented "Thumbells" to help customers keep their texting muscles in shape. (Learn more at ABC News)

10. Sexologist Virginia Johnson of Masters and Johnson fame once performed as a country western singer/pianist under the name Virginia Gibson. (Learn more at AARP)

11. Grizzly bears have lots of fun when they think nobody is looking. (Learn more at Daily Mail Online)


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Beach bums: Kyle May/Flickr

Bald George H.W. Bush: Jim McGrath/Twitter

Dan Okrent with tattoo: Eric Spiegelman

Lottery winners: Massachusetts Lottery/WPTV

Jacuzzi car: Venom82/Flickr

Blowing out candles: lucyfrench123/Flickr

Bear video: Alberta Parks and Ewan Dobson/YouTube


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