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  1. In 1859, People Thought Chess Was Rotting Their Kids’ Minds, and They Should Go Play Sports Instead

    Good to know some things never change.

    Nothing is safe from parents' inclination to insist that anything new and different is bad for kids and inferior from the way they grew up. According to an 1859 issue of Scientific American, that darn Chess contraption hinders learning and kids should go play sports instead.

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  2. Internet Use Could Help Depressed Retirees Because the Internet Is the Best

    We assume these results are negated if they read the comments section.

    If you're retired and feeling depressed about it, try using the Internet more! At least, that's according to new research published in The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences. It says Internet use gave retirees a better chance of avoiding depression than their offline counterparts.

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  3. Learn What It’s Like To Be Old With A Special Age Simulation Suit

    Or you could do it the normal way, but that's much slower.

    Remember that one time in Doctor Who when the Master hit the Doctor with an evil science ray that rapidly aged him? You can't do that because you're not a Time Lord, but you can put on this specially weighted suit from the South Bank University Institute of Vocational Learning. It's not as dapper as Ten's suit, but it gets the job done.

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  4. A Company Is Buying Old People New Computers Rather Than Dealing With Internet Explorer 7

    Now probably only that You've Got Mail website still supports it.

    Creating fragmented site versions for old browsers can be super annoying for web designers who want to make something flashy and new with the most recent browser technology. Well, here's hoping more companies take the route of, because they decided it's more cost effective to buy customers new computers, instead.

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  5. Elderly Robber Caught by Officers After Moving Too Slow With His Getaway Walker

    See, this is why you need to hire Ryan Gosling to steer the walker for you.

    When times are tough, it's the eldest generation who often has the most difficulties -- after all, it's hard enough paying for medical bills on a fixed income as it is. So really, why is it that more old people don't resort to crime as a way to settle their debts and live comfortably? That's probably what the man who robbed a woman at knifepoint in Australia thought to himself. You know, right before he was arrested while slowly loading his walker frame into the backseat of the car he'd just stolen. You can't factor in all the variables for this kind of thing beforehand, I guess.

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  6. Facebook Won’t Let This 104-Year-Old Woman Be 104 Years Old

    It's common knowledge that Facebook has age limits to keep anyone under the age of 13 off the site, but it turns out they secretly try to keep the hyper-elderly off the site as well. Marguerite Joseph, a 104-year-old grandmother living in Michigan can't post her real age on Facebook, so to use the site she has to lie about her age. Lots of people lie about their age, but living to be 104 years old is probably the kind of thing you'd want people to know.

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  7. Old Canadian Men Caught Singing “Can You Feel the Love Tonight” in Coffee Shop [Video]

    Ever been to a Tim Hortons a few hours before closing time? Things can get real seedy real quick within the seemingly innocuous restaurant. Among a list of other things to be wary of after 9:00 pm, running into a gang of rowdy geriatrics singing Disney tunes is definitely not a situation you'd want to find yourself in, especially if you're alone. Whoever captured this footage from a Tim Hortons in Canada was fortunate to get away from the rambunctious bunch  -- terrorizing palpably distressed patrons with their rendition of Elton John's "Can You Feel the Love Tonight?" from The Lion King -- with their life and camera. All we want to know is, why wasn't anybody calling the police?

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  8. RFID Program Could Help the Elderly Be Independent, Is Also Creepy

    Sometimes science can be creepy, like when researchers from Adelaide University start doing research into using radio frequency identification (RFID) to monitor the elderly in their homes. The team behind the project says RFID technology can lead to elderly people being able to live with more freedom and independence, but this sounds like it can easily turn into a scary 1984 meets Cocoon situation.

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  9. MIT Develops a Suit That Makes You Feel 75 Years Old

    In a bid to get some insight into how it feels to be an aging member of American society without having to wait to get old, researchers at MIT's Agelab have developed a suit that will make you feel like a 75-year-old when you wear it. The suit, called AGNES --a pained acronym for "Age Gain Now Empathy System"-- aims to accurately recreate the experience of being elderly through the use of various bands and other gadgets that do everything from mimic joint stiffness to curve the spine. Think "Harrison Bergeron." The suit does basically everything except give you stories from "back in your day."

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