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How many of you Potterheads rushed out to see Half Blood Prince this weekend? (I did!) NY Mag does a great job of ranking the Harry Potter Movies From "˜Riddikulus' to Brilliant that is essential for the Potter-inclined.
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There has been some dismay among linguists and anthropologists about how hill whistling and other local sounds from isolated regions are becoming extinct with younger generations embracing modernity. Fear not though, yodeling is still apparently very popular, even among the young folk!
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More "Monster-ization" of Jane Austen: "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters." If zombies are more your thing, you might like these promo shirts.
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If you can't get away this summer, you can at least dream about it with this picture post of beautiful beaches. For more pretty pics that can also double as summery desktop backgrounds, check out these scenic landscapes.
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Flossy faithful Dail tells us, "You think your last attempt at lasagna was a disaster?  Check out some real food disasters:  The Great London Beer Flood of 1847 and Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919.  All told, more than 40 people died in these two 'food mishaps.'"
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Tricia has sent in a really fun and addicting (and for me personally, incredibly confounding) game called Contraption. Feel free to post high scores / levels - I cannot compete because my brain apparently does not function in a way this game requires!
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Check out this rundown of America's most bizarre and amazing miniature golf courses.
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Yummy Nerd Cakes

From Jan, check out some outstanding photography. You may be surprised to find that it's done by Tipper Gore!

Feel better about your home when you see the recipient of the 'Housekeeper of the Year' award goes to... (warning: contains sarcasm)
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I've found that I own several soundtracks to movies that I never want to watch again, but love the music anyway. In that spirit, here are Ten Original Singles Way Better than the Movies they Came From.
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Stand out from the crowd with these unique laptop sleeves.
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From my friend Ryan: "Go to the last page and read from the bottom.  It's an amazing story of a tenant/landlord relationship. Be sure to watch the video slideshow." (warning: language!)
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Flossy reader Nicole says, "Here are two sites that make you ask, "Why?" You may recognize them as oldie-but-goodie classics: Ugliest Tattoos and Hot Chicks with D-bags.
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Incredible picture taken by an amateur of lightening striking a boat.
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For the fashionistas, vintage Vogue fashions collected by decade.
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News one can only find from Ananova: A motorcyclist received a caution from police officers in China ... for riding without arms.

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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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