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Wednesday means it's Top Chef day. (I think Mike V. takes it this season). Here's a Where Are They Now? on former cheftestants.
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Note to current politicians: when accused of improprieties, always mention the family dog. Today marks the 57th anniversary of Richard Nixon's famous Checkers speech.
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Any ice dancing, luge or curling fans out there? Take an early look at some of the U.S. 2010 Winter Olympians.
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From the art desk, Takashi Murakami has an exhibit of new work in Manhattan. Check it out, then stop by the Whitney's Georgia O'Keefe show for the full experience.
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If I told you there's an article about buildings that look like the Death Star, how many examples do you think they would have...5? 10? 20?
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Who doesn't love clips of celebrities before they got famous? From the cable news realm, check out early Glenn Beck and Keith Olbermann.
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This is too good not to post. In New York, Mister Softee is trying to muscle out rival ice cream trucks.
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Take a look at five ways to maximize your happiness. (Starting an ice cream business in New York isn't one of them.)
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And here's one of Stacy Conradt's first mental_floss posts—six cool plants she'd find a way to kill.

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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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