Morning Cup of Links: The Web's Strangest Collections

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25 of the Strangest Collections on the Web. Yes, there is someone out there who collects anything you can think of, even belly-button lint.
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A history of the eugenics movement. Thousands of "undesirables" were sterilized in the US, decades before (and after) the Nazis endorsed the idea.
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Portion Size, Then and Now. Large quantities of cheap food have distorted our perceptions of what a typical meal is supposed to look like. Even our plates are larger than they used to be!
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The first telephone switchboard operators were teenage boys, which was a disaster. So telephone companies hired women, who were more pleasant and patient, would work under draconian conditions, and could be paid as little as $7 a week.
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Familiarity Breeds Contempt. Contrary to intuition, we like other people less the more we know about them. This explains the rarity of the second date.
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15 Infamous Top Secret Bases & Compounds From Around The World. Looks like they aren't secret any more!
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Greensburg, Kansas was destroyed by a tornado a year ago. They are rebuilding as the first entirely green town in the US.
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Drinking Games of Yore. Who knew drinking games had such a long and sozzled history?

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May 14, 2008 - 10:29pm
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