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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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Tips For Baking Perfect Cookies
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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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