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What should I write about today?

This question is part of my morning routine. Between taking out the dog and hopping in the shower, I search my favorite sites for an answer. Potentially blog-worthy material is carefully arranged in new Firefox tabs, which I will read and evaluate during my commute. I had some good stuff this morning.

But Firefox quit unexpectedly so now I'm screwed. Well, not so much screwed. Just unable to give a trivia slant to the news of the day. Conceivably, these tabs could be reopened once I get to work and internet connectivity is restored. But it's a busy morning. We're going to have to wing it, live from the bus.

I guess I could tell you about my fellow travelers. One lady called her financial services provider to activate a credit card, which violates the strict no cell phone rule. I was not compelled to complain. The woman beside me is reading every word I type. I find this incredibly awkward.

(She just read the last sentence and is now staring out the window. That was fun. I'd say more but her eyes will surely wander back.)

Nobody else is doing anything particularly notable today. This is trivia in the worst sense of the word.

It's not always this banal. I've seen some magic on this bus. Here are three examples.

If you have any more interesting stories about commuting, go ahead and leave them here.

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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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