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If you were left scratching your head and wondering, "Who the heck is Paul Ryan?" after Mitt Romney's running mate announcement, The Week has a list of 6 curious facts about the potential VP.
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To celebrate the classic building block's 80th birthday, the LEGO Group has released a Pixar-like animated video that tells the story of LEGO.
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Here at mental_floss, we love beautiful bookstores and libraries, so of course we love the awesome Tokyo's Tokyo airport-based comic book shop, where the bookshelves, walls, and tables resemble the panels, pages, and text bubbles of the comics themselves.
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Have you seen the Geek Zodiac? There's an awesome poster, but there's also a comic featuring characters based on the 12 signs of the Geek Zodiac. What's your sign? (I'm an Alien, apparently.)
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The Olympics might be over, but we're still marveling at these multi-exposure photographs of Olympians competing. (The gymnastics ones are particularly cool.)
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As I'm sure you know, it's now Shark Week. To celebrate, Mark Anderson of Andertoons has created a quick and easy tutorial on how to draw a cartoon shark.
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Personally, my sea creature of choice is probably the seahorse, so I'm digging these incredible photos of seahorses by Felicia McCaulley.
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Poop power! Scientists at Oregon State University have developed a new technique for treating wastewater, which has the potential to produce 50 times more electricity than conventional methods for generating power from poo.
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Gotye has celebrated his fans with a surprisingly enjoyable supercut video of people covering his single, "Somebody That I Used To Know." The clip, titled "Somebodies," features some 120 different covers of the hit tune.

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Perfect cookies are within your grasp. Just grab your measuring cups and get started. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"
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