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Generation X needs to save America from millennials

Though one of its own sits yet again in the White House, the baby-boom generation, 78 million strong, is finally preparing to depart the scene. Theirs is a 40-year legacy of war, debt and cultural …

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The average American has only one close friend — here's how we got to this point

Stanford psychologist Emma Seppala says Americans are experiencing a crisis of loneliness, and it's partly a result of our desire for independence.

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Rare 'Super Bloom' Brightens Up Deserts in California | Mental Floss

Each spring, wildflowers illuminate the harsh scenery of Southern California's Anza-Borrego Desert State Park. This year, the brief burst of life is especially dramatic. As National Geographic reports, a “super bloom” has seized the area thanks to months of unusually heavy rainfall.

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Think nothing is made in America? Output has doubled in three decades - MarketWatch

Factories are running at close to a record pace, writes Rex Nutting.

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Double Door Ordered To Leave Wicker Park Location By Judge - Wicker Park - DNAinfo Chicago

"It's come to an end," the building's owner said after court. "We wish them well."

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'Man, Oh Manischewitz': When The Jewish Wine Was Big With Gentiles, Too : The Salt : NPR

The wine associated with Jewish tradition was once a huge crossover success. At one point, the typical drinker was described as an urban African-American man.

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18 signs you know you're in Wicker Park

It may not be the bohemian enclave that it once was, but Wicker Park is still one of the most recognizable neighborhoods in all of Chicago. A center of act

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Trans Am Bandit is back in the form of 77 Chevy Camaro conversions, each signed by Burt Reynolds | FOX Sports

Think we found the perfect car to replace that Dodge Challenger Sterling Archer loved so much.

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Charles Krauthammer: The Holocaust and American Jews - NY Daily News

Bernie Sanders is the most successful Jewish candidate for the presidency ever.

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33 things that will definitely happen to you when moving to Chicago

Your first year after moving to Chicago can be full of surprises, but the following are all pretty much guaranteed

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Austin Powers-style Chicago condo untouched since the 1970s hits the market | Daily Mail Online

The penthouse, built in 1972, was first put up for sale in 2012 but only received moderate interest at the time. Its original wallpapers and furniture have now caught the eye of potential buyers.

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Want to Win the Argument at Thanksgiving Dinner? A Successful Trial Lawyer Says Do These 10 Things | Inc.com

Thanksgiving is the #1 time during the year when distant family members wind up in heated arguments. If you're going to engage, why not win?

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The Best dive bars in Chicago!

The best dive bars in Chicago offer low-key nights, greasy snacks, and cheap beer and cocktails. Here are our favorites.

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California's black license plates are back in production

The black license plates used on California cars from 1963 to 1969 are back, thanks to a piece of legislation sponsored by Los Angeles Assemblyman Mike Gatto and 7,500 paying customers.

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‘When Western women stop being objectified, they can criticise us.’ Orthodox Jewish women fight back

The Hebrew phrase “chillul hashem” translates as bringing shame upon one’s community in the eyes of the outside world. It can be invoked by anything from double-parking to failure to observe the complicated latticework of laws that circumscribe orthodox Jewish life, dictating everything from hairstyles to behaviour.

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How to perfect the 'Irish Goodbye'

The Irish Goodbye, also known as "ghosting," is as tricky as it is fulfilling. The concept: While out on the town, leave your party without saying "toodle-oo" and,...

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Newspaper celebrates MLB's first amphibious pitcher - SBNation.com

Look, everyone is excited about Pat Venditte. But we can't be too busy to fact-check things like "the word for someone who can use both hands equally well."

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30 Things Turning 30 in 2015

New Coke, Back to the Future, WrestleMania, Calvin and Hobbes...and you?

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Daylight Savings Time: 7 Surprising Things You May Not Know

Many Americans will spring forward an hour to mark the beginning of daylight savings time (DST)—also known as daylight saving time—at 2 a.m. on Sunday, March 8. Time will fall back to standard time again on Sunday, November 1, when DST ends.

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JEWISH WOMEN: First Among Equals & NEVER Subservient | Josh Namm | Jlife

Judaism, and by extension, Jewish culture, has always held women in the highest regard. Not the “we’re putting you on a pedestal like a pretty doll” kind of regard, but the “women are central to our culture and traditions and every inch the equals of men” kind of regard. Virtually alone among ancient traditions, Judaism has, literally from the beginning, placed men and women on an equal footing, while still recognizing the inherent differences between the two sexes (and to claim that there are no differences is as silly as saying that water is not wet).

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Best date spots in Chicago - Business Insider

To help you find a place that will impress your date, our friends at The Infatuation put together a list of the best date night spots in Chicago.

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The last remains of old Chicago

Sometimes we get those nostalgic pangs for a seedier, grittier, neon-lit, noir Chicago. Thankfully, there are some last remaining traces of the bygone era of smoke-filled bars, coin-operated communication, gambling parlors and porno video stores. Here's where to find them.

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Top 10 Grammar Myths | Mental Floss

Before you argue with me, read the whole explanation about why each of these is a myth.

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How Much Can You Drink Without Getting a Hangover?

The best way to prevent a hangover is not to drink. The second best is to trust in science.

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Amazing Photos Of New Year's Celebrations Around The World

From the streets of New York City to the beaches of Rio de Janeiro, people around the world gathered to usher in 2015 and bid good bye to 2014. As fireworks lit up night skies, revelers lifted their voices to celebrate the hope and excitement that...

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Are Cuban Cigars Legal Now?

This week, President Obama announced plans to "normalize relations between" the United States and Cuba. This marked the most significant progress between the two countries since 1961, when the U.S. began what would become a unilateral embargo against Cuba. Pending approval, this post-Cold War "normalization" will mean a lot of things. These are all big steps, of course, but what about cigars?

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Best Restaurants in Phoenix & The Best Bars in Phoenix

You may not know the difference between Tex-Mex, Southwestern Mexican, and Mexican food, but you can still eat it ALL.

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WWII veteran, 98, dons uniform for final salute

From Yahoo News: GLENVILLE, N.Y. (AP) — On Veterans Day, Justus Belfield donned his Army uniform one more time, even though he was too weak to leave his bed at an upstate New York nursing home.

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Epic Yom Kippur: The One and ONLY Sandy Koufax, Orange County Jewish Life

Glendale, Ariz. — Baseballs in hand, Kyle Leibel, a 14-year-old fan from East Meadow, L.I., and John Fuchs, a pal from Phoenix, patrolled the grounds of the Los Angeles Dodgers spring training site here one recent morning, looking for autographs.
In the early days of the Dodgers’ preparation for the 2014 season, the teens, among dozens of other fans, chased down pitchers and catchers, traditionally the first players to report to spring training.
Then Steven Leibel, Kyle’s father, steered them to a scrum of fans pressed against a chain link fence, clamoring for an autograph from a white-haired senior citizen.

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Pay $300 to pretend you're flying in 1973

Buckle up, because we're about to tell you about The Pan Am Experience: an immersive $297 dinner and movie event (set inside a…

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10 Weirdest Facts About Captain America - Listverse

Due to the recent spate of blockbuster films featuring the superhero, it seems like the entire world knows about Captain America. However, comic veterans know there are a lot of strange stories about...

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17 Facts About The Harlem Globetrotters - Neatorama

The following is reprinted from the book Uncle John's Unsinkable Bathroom Reader.(Image credit: Doha Stadium Plus Qatar)Ever seen the Harlem Globetrotters play? Millions have. With tricks, acrobatics, and amazing basketball skills, they turned sports into

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Intelligent People All Have One Thing In Common: They Stay Up Later Than You

There’s an electricity in the moon. A pulse, a magic, an energy. A bewitching entrancement unlike that of the sun.

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People who doodled were able to remember 29% more information than nondoodlers, a study found

Recent research in neuroscience, psychology and design shows that doodling can help people stay focused, grasp new concepts and retain information.

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25 Vintage Photos of Chicago

Chicago invented the skyscraper, has hosted two World's Fairs, and boasts its own kind of formidable pizza. Despite being one of the most populous cities in the country, it hasn't all been all clear skies and Green River soda. Chicago survived o

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8 Great Reasons to Visit San Diego Besides Comic-Con | Magazine | WIRED

There's more to San Diego that sun, surf and Comic-Con.

All 130,000 Badges for this year’s San Diego Comic-Con International—the four-day fan fest that takes over America’s Finest City each July—are gone. But there are LOTS of other things to do in San Diego!

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Walmart Apologizes for Decorative Poster of Nazis' Dachau Camp

Walmart and other retailers pulled a poster of Nazi Germany's Dachau concentration camp intended for home decoration.

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Disneyland set to reopen exclusive Club 33 after extensive expansion

Disneyland's private Club 33 restaurant will double in size after an extensive six-month renovation that adds a new entrance, kitchen and jazz-inspired lounge.

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Willis Tower deck cracks under tourists' feet – from 1,353ft up

Protective coating on Willis Tower's Skydeck glass appeared to shatter but spokesman says glass is designed that way

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    Original 1971 Disney World monorail for sale! Only $189k!

    The Buy It Now price on this 1971 Mark IV red Walt Disney World monorail cab is a paltry $189K.

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    Jeff Bridges Played Some Creedence at the Big Lebowski Festival

    The annual Big Lebowski Festival, the twelfth such tribute, has brought all kinds of Lebowski urban achievers to Los Angeles to celebrate the Coen Brothers' cult classic.

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        The Best Shots Fired in the Oxford Comma Wars

        Here are some quotes that each side uses in the debate over the Oxford comma.

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          The Psychology of Messiness: How Disorder Can Make You More Creative!

          Kathleen Vohs, a marketing professor at the University of Minnesota with an extensive psychology background, believes that messier office spaces spur creativity. Here's the evidence.

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            Old Town Music Hall | the treasured cultural landmark located in El Segundo, California

            Since 1968, Old Town Music Hall has been showing vintage silent and sound films, and presenting live concerts by some of the world's finest performers of jazz, ragtime, and popular music from the past.

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              A New Record Stand That Ups Your Home's Cool Factor

              Records — you love to listen to them, but let's be honest, looking at them is just as fun! Evoke the vibe of your favorite record store by displaying your favorite albums on Atocha Design's new record stand ($1,275). Debuting today at the

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                This Nazi-Themed Dinner Is Like "A Star Trek Convention But For WWII Enthusiasts"

                Something's not quite reich about this WWII Historical Re-enactment Society's annual holiday dinner

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                  Seafood That Would Absolutely Terrify You In The Ocean

                  WARNING: You may lose your appetite....

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                    The Only Thing That Makes The Royal Buckingham Palace Guards Smile: A Yeshiva Student

                    The guards at Britain’s Buckingham Palace are trained stand motionless and expressionless. But that training was no match for a Jewish tourist — who captured the hilarity on video.

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                      15 Billionaires Who Were Once Dirt Poor

                      Need a little inspiration or motivation? Here are 15 of the world's richest people who came from nothing.

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                        Why Men Aren't Really Men Anymore | Elite Daily

                        There was once a time when men used to be real men. When they dressed with style, when they had a certain honor code they followed that involved treating not only their elders and each other with respect,

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                          4 Things I Learned from the Worst Online Dating Profile Ever

                          I made the OkCupid profile of the Worst Woman on Earth, hoping to prove that there exists an online dating profile so loathsome that no man would message it. I failed.

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                            Tom Bergin's Tavern Returns January 4 With Bar Snacks

                            Photo by Elizabeth Daniels 5/12 After teasing fans for a few weeks, Derek Schreck, the new owner of Tom Bergin's Tavern on Fairfax, has announced that he plans to...

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                              26 Beatnik Slang Words and Phrases We Should All Start Using

                              Plenty of phrases from the first self-described hipster generation have lasted into modern conversation: people still get bent out of shape, annoying people bug us and muscular guys are still built, just to scan the b-words. Here are 26 words and phrases

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                                Corvids: The Birds Who Think Like Humans

                                Someday I will come up with a good reason why I am friends with the neighborhood crows. For now, I can say that it started when I looked up from my office window to see this big flock of crows hanging out on the roof of an apartment building nearby. I had

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                                  12 Sayings Only People From California Will Understand

                                  12 sayings that may seem hella weird if you're not from California.

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                                    It's Thanksgiving So We Asked Brits To Label The United States — We're So Sorry, America

                                    What do you mean there's no such place as Further South Dakota?! [Update: Turns out Americans aren't so great at Europe either.]

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                                      19 Foods That Texans Can't Live Without

                                      Our appetites in Texas are as big as our state. Thankfully we've got a lot of foods that can keep us full and satisfied. These are the foods that we can't live without.

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                                        Ron Burgundy Slams Dodge Durango on ‘Conan’: ‘It’s a Terrible Car … Just Horrible Craftsmanship’ (Video)

                                        Since Ron Burgundy started doing ads for Dodge Durango, truck sales are up 59 percent — but that just means there are a lot of suckers out there, the fake TV newsman said on Wednesday’s “Conan.” “You realize people bought these cars because of y

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                                          10 grammar rules you can forget: how to stop worrying and write proper

                                          David Marsh set out to master perfect grammatical English – but discovered that 'correct' isn't always best

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                                            The craziest OkCupid date ever

                                            Jeff and I traveled to eight countries in 21 days without changing clothes. It sure beat meeting for coffee

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                                              Photo of black man sleeping on a Jewish man’s shoulder on the subway goes viral around the world 

                                              Isaac Theil said he was just trying to help a tired fellow New Yorker. Photo has made the Orthodox Jew a global celebrity.

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                                                Orthodox Rabbi finds $98,000 in desk he bought from Craigslist, returns cash

                                                A Connecticut Rabbi purchased a desk on Craigslist for less than $200, so imagine his surprise when he found $98,000 inside, according to wtnh.com . (http://wfts.tv/HJDPZY )

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                                                  Italians Condense a Yacht Into a Teeny-Weeny Pod of Luxury | Autopia | Wired.com

                                                  Most of us will never afford the mega-yacht of our dreams, so Italian design firm Lazzarini has taken all the amenities and luxuries of a floating executive pleasure den and distilled them into a compact pod.

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                                                    Neon no more: Lincoln Avenue's motel row

                                                    Here’s the evolution of the Lincoln Avenue motels, from sensible to seedy to retro spectacle.

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                                                      The Printer That Can Print A 2,500 Square Foot House In 20 Hours.

                                                      We have seen huge advancements in 3D printing. We’ve even seen oversized wrenches printed that measure 1.2 meters in length. Now, we can print an entire 2,500 sqft house in 20 hours. In the TED Talk video below, Behrokh Khoshnevis, a professor of In

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                                                          Longtime Tom Bergins Regular Plans To Reopen Irish Pub

                                                          A regular of Tom Bergins Tavern who lived in the neighborhood went ahead and bought the pub that closed over the summer.

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                                                            15 Fashions People Were Rocking in 1983

                                                            A Members Only guide to dressing in the decade of excess.

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                                                              Concave Mirrored Skyscraper Creates Death Ray, Melts Car | Geekologie

                                                              A new skyscraper in London nicknamed the Walkie Talkie has melted a car parked nearby because the curved and mirrored exterior of the building focuses the sun's energy on a nearby street in the afternoon. What architect would be...

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                                                                7 Dramatic Before/Afters From the Huge LA River Rehab Plan

                                                                Reach 1. Pollywog Park, looking southeast Last week, the US Army Corps of Engineers released its many-years-in-the-making plans to restore an 11-mile stretch of the LA River between Griffith...

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                                                                  There's a Clown Terrorizing a British Town

                                                                  The poor residents of Northampton, England, are living in a nightmare scenario straight out of a Steven King novel right now.

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                                                                    This Three Minute Commercial Puts Full-Length Hollywood Films to Shame

                                                                    It certainly says something about the state of Hollywood today that a three minute ad produced at a fraction of the cost of most movies is more moving and poignant than almost anything the big studios have to offer.

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                                                                            Old-School VW Microbus Will Finally End Production This Year

                                                                            I'm sure for many of you, the real news here is that the old bread-loaf-shaped, rear-engined hippie wagon is still being produced at all. Well, it is, in Brazil, and will be ending its 56 year run in that country with a nostalgic final

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                                                                              Adorable new mammal species found 'in plain sight'

                                                                              New mammal species discovered: a raccoon-like critter with teddy bear looks WASHINGTON (AP) — Imagine a mini-raccoon with a teddy bear face that is so cute it is hard to resist, let alone overlook. But somehow science did — until now. Researchers anno

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                                                                                Rules from a Texas Gentleman

                                                                                Stand she walks in, keep your hand out of her purse, and, for the love of God, be humble. Some tips from Lyle Lovett -- a man who knows what he's talking about.

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                                                                                  25 Situations Only Nonprofit People Can Understand

                                                                                  You're dedicated, filled with optimism, and you want to make the world a better place. So you get a job at a nonprofit, where your talents will be appreciated and you'll be paid handsomely ...

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                                                                                    Vin Scully gets a huge ovation at Dodger Stadium!

                                                                                    Dodger fans give Vin Scully a standing ovation on his bobblehead night

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                                                                                      Where Is My Home?

                                                                                      A culinary obsession that began decades ago in my grandmother’s kitchen sent me on a quest through Central Texas (and way beyond) for kolaches—not the best ones but the ones that would lead me to myself.

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                                                                                        8 Wallet-Friendly Getaways

                                                                                        A roundup of affordable vacation destinations around the world

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                                                                                          BetterLists

                                                                                          BetterLists is an easy to use and flexible app for quick access to all your information. Now you can have your To Do list, expenses, and grocery list all in one place.

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                                                                                            16 Words That Are Much Older Than They Seem

                                                                                            Every generation likes to think it invented slang anew, but often the latest words are actually very old.

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                                                                                                  5 Things Parents Need to Stop Saying to Non-Parents

                                                                                                  I ran headfirst into this parenting thing, and have gladly and gratefully let it redefine me as a person. One unforeseen side-effect has been that I view everything through the lens of parenting, and can alienate my non-kid having friends. Here are some t

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                                                                                                    45 Amazing Facts for National Trivia Day

                                                                                                    Here's a little-known fact: it's National Trivia Day! Let's celebrate with some of our favorite facts from the @mental_floss Twitter account. 1. Jim Cummings is the voice of Winnie the Pooh. He calls sick kids in hospitals and chats with th

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                                                                                                        A Brief History of Flintstones Vitamins

                                                                                                        The Flintstones has been off the air and in syndication since 1966. But Flintstones Vitamins remain on the shelves and in homes, despite the fact that this generation of children probably has no clue who Fred, Wilma, Barney, Betty and Dino are.

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                                                                                                          Quick Gift: Jack Daniel's Soap Dispenser - Curly Birds

                                                                                                          Need a really quick gift for your sister-in-law who just moved to Tennessee? 1. Buy a bottle of Jack Daniel's, or another pretty bottle of booze.

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                                                                                                            19 Successful People Who Had A Rough Time In Their Twenties

                                                                                                            Don't panic, twentysomethings. Here's further proof that life is a marathon, not a sprint.

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                                                                                                            Kurt Andersen: From Fashion to Housewares, Are We in a Decades-Long Design Rut?

                                                                                                            The face of American culture used to change radically every decade or two, writes Kurt Andersen, but 1992 and 2012 look disturbingly alike.

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                                                                                                              Centuries-old rockfish believed to have been caught off Alaska’s coast

                                                                                                              An insurance adjustor from Seattle caught a rockfish outside Juneau, Alaska, last week that weighed 39.08 pounds and believed to be around 200 years old, The Sitka Sentinel reported.

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                                                                                                                Museum Helps Preserve Iconic Tortoise Lonesome George

                                                                                                                Lonesome George, the world-famous Pinta Island tortoise who was the last of his kind when he died in June 2012, will be preserved in consultation with Museum...

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                                                                                                                    5 Abandoned Stations of the London Underground System

                                                                                                                    London’s Underground subway network is celebrating its 150th year of operation this year, but as with any old institution there are a few skeletons in its closet.

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                                                                                                                      The String and the Flame

                                                                                                                      I shall never know whether it was only because I was tired that I had the temerity to say what I really felt or whether I would have said it anyway...

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                                                                                                                        Flat-Rate Flying: Introducing Surf Air, the All-You-Can-Fly Airline | TIME.com

                                                                                                                        The flat-fee business model has worked for Netflix, so why not for air travel too?

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                                                                                                                        Iranian Scholar: Tom & Jerry is a Jewish Conspiracy

                                                                                                                        For the official MEMRI page on YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/user/MEMRITVVideos #1049 - Film Seminar on Iranian TV: Tom and Jerry - A Jewish Conspiracy to ...

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                                                                                                                          Didn't Get The Job? 'Why' Is Elusive"

                                                                                                                          It's a painful conundrum of the job search process: rejected candidates want to understand why they didn't get hired, but employers, fearing discrimination complaints, keep silent. And those who do speak up offer little more than platitudes.

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                                                                                                                          Modern Germany & Jews

                                                                                                                          The sad truth about today's rampant anti-Semitism in Germany.

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                                                                                                                              Penmanship is now 'handwriting' as Washington state removes gender bias in statutes

                                                                                                                              SEATTLE (Reuters) - Washington state's governor signed into law on Monday the final piece of a six-year effort to rewrite state laws using gender-neutral vocabulary, replacing terms such as fisherman and

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                                                                                                                                Swedish school brings in 'gender neutral' changing rooms to avoid teenagers being labelled male or female

                                                                                                                                Patrik Biverstedt, headmaster of the Soedra Latins upper secondary school (pictured) in Sodermalm, Stockholm, says they decided on the cubicle after students proposed it last year.

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                                                                                                                                Intelligence report identified vulnerability before Boston bombing

                                                                                                                                WASHINGTON -- Five days before two bombs tore through crowds at the Boston Marathon, an intelligence report identified the finish line of the race as an

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                                                                                                                                Historic Damascus synagogue looted and burned

                                                                                                                                Rebels, Assad forces trade blame for destruction of ancient synagogue built atop a cave used by prophet Elijah.

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                                                                                                                                Disabled man awarded $8000 after being stranded on Disneyland ride

                                                                                                                                A wheelchair-bound man was awarded $8,000 by Disneyland after the

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                                                                                                                                  LOOK: This Might Be The World's Oldest Cat

                                                                                                                                  On March 6, a British cat called Wadsworth celebrated his 27th birthday, possibly making him the world's oldest feline. Waddy, as he is more commonly known, is named after the British beer.

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                                                                                                                                    Jack Daniel's Sinatra Select | Uncrate

                                                                                                                                    In case you didn't know, Frank Sinatra was known to drink Jack Daniel's. A lot of Jack Daniel's. Now Jack is returning the favor by...

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                                                                                                                                        France to Return Stolen Art to Jewish Owners

                                                                                                                                        France will return seven paintings to the heirs of two Jewish families whose artworks were stolen during World War II.

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                                                                                                                                          Lion Really Loves His Rescuer

                                                                                                                                          http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZUrwQqPVbuU http://FreeAutomatedMarketing.RepStars.Biz http://us.repstars.com/my/spots/show?fn_spot_id=3526 THE MOST ADVANCED ...

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                                                                                                                                            NYC's famous Stage Deli closes, owner cites rent

                                                                                                                                            The famous Stage Deli in Manhattan has closed.