Russian books for naughty children

Aside from sexuality-altering Teletubbies and questionable role models like Joe Camel, there are few more effective ways of messing with our kids' minds than through bedtime stories. (Remember Why Mommy is a Democrat and Help! Mom! There's a Liberal Under My Bed!? If not, reminisce with this post from last November.) As with many things, however, it seems in this department too the Russians have us beat. Witness this book, published in the 90s and marketed to parents of misbehaving kids. Here are a few juicy excerpts, scanned and loosely translated by our comrades at Englishrussia:
"You haven't cleaned up your room? Then ugly monks will come to take you soon."

Translation's pretty rough here, but the picture says it all: "If you cry each time, prepare to melt from the tears like a piece of sugar."

2.jpg"If you plan not to listen to your father, wild black cats will scratch your brother."

51.jpg"If you play during your meal each time, then you should know that spider will come."

7.jpg"You like to fight with your fellow-friends? Then you'll be bitten by different snakes!"

6.jpg"If you are greedy and don't share balls, probably you would be eaten by wolves."

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked

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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