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A new poll of America's favorite cities shows the Pacific Northwest has a great reputation, with cities #one and #two. Take a guess at the city coming in last.
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Why do we say "Ye Olde" something-or-other when we want to sound Old English? According to the history of the term, it was never pronounced that way!
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The Upside of Ignorance. The quest for scientific knowledge is fueled by what we don't know, and the search is the real satisfaction.
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The story of Batman was turned into an opera called Holy Musical, B@man! Part one sings and dances about how Bruce Wayne became the Dark Knight.
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A cat figures out how to hack an automatic feeder. A good whack in the right spot will make it dispense food any time the cat wants.
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What happens when a school achievement test question really has no right answer? In the case of the talking pineapple question, it becomes famous.
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Frans Hofmeester strung together video clips of his daughter's face taken every week from birth to twelve years old. Using video instead of still pictures highlights how much little girls talk while getting their picture made.
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Watch a male seahorse give birth to babies: lots and lots of babies. If you were pregnant with 1800 offspring, you'd change color, too!
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Parents of teenagers log on to peek at what their teenagers are doing on Facebook, and teens either "friend" their parents or filter them out. The results of a new survey tells us more about families and Facebook.
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The Secrets Behind Your Favorite Toys. Many took a broken road to the toy shelves before you ever saw them.

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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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