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While the illegal replication and distribution of media is extremely prevalent these days, video game creators have decided they’re not gonna take it anymore. These 6 Hilarious Ways Game Designers Are Screwing With Pirates show a few ways they’re fighting back. (Some language NSFW.)
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John Lamouranne is an artist – and eggs are his canvas. If you haven’t had enough of eggs this weekend, be sure to check out his egg-ceptional creations, which include The Beatles, the Toy Story gang, and Chucky from Child’s Play (of course). BTW I’m so sorry for that “egg-ceptional” pun. It was really an egg-xample of bad judgment. (Via Slash Food)
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Thanks to reader David E. for passing along this list of 18 Exquisite Cinematic Sand Sculptures. I've got a lot to live up to at the beach this summer. [Image credit.]
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Until today I have never once in my life thought “Hey, I’d really like a cake in a jar.” But now, after seeing this post with 8 amazing jar cakes, I actually realize just how empty and jar cake-less my life has been all these years.
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If you’ve never enjoyed the witty delight that is McSweeney’s, it’s time you start. The recent piece "Corrections to Last Night’s Party" is pretty great. And the very funny (and all too realistic) "I Am Seeking to Destroy My Deep-Seated Cynicism and Ironic Detachment Via A Strict Regimen of Self-Inflicted Enthusiasm!" Is one of my favorite titles ever.
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Right-leaning people who have wished for Stephen Colbert to just disappear just may get their wish, because the conservative-mocking comedian is heading for the Bermuda Triangle.
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Nerve has compiled a list of all of the major characters from The Office (America Version) and ranked them in order of funniness. I appreciate the effort, but I cry major foul that Creed isn't #1 by a mile. Your thoughts? (Via The Daily What)
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Are you a crappy writer? Why not make it official – with paper made out of elephant “leavings.”
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And finally, Smithsonian unmasks the mystery behind a famous Earth Day photo.

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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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