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The '40s Were a Wild Time

In honor of National Bike Month, the good people at LIFE.com dug up these photos of variations on the bicycle from the 1940s.

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There’s A Giant 860-Mile Wide Sphere of Water Sitting on Top of the Midwestern United States
In this picture – which illustrates what all of the Earth’s water looks like in one place.

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It’s About (EXPLETIVE DELETED) Time Someone Defended My (EXPLETIVE DELETED) Cursing
You should know that this impassioned defense of swearing does, in fact, contain a few NSFW verbal bombs itself.

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Or Just Tell Your Opponent to Look at the TV, Then Peek at Their Board
Apparently there’s an honest way to win at Battleship, too. For those of you with board game ethics.

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A Child Sabotage
How do you honor the memory of a hip-hop great like the late Beastie Boy Adam "MCA" Yauch? Sure, you could recognize him with a resolution, as the New York State Senate did this week.

Or you could do something much cooler. That’s what James Winters did in creating this hilarious tribute to the group’s iconic "Sabotage" music video:

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I Really Do Wonder Whatever Happened to All of the Predictability? The Milkman? Ummmm, What About the Paperboy? And That Darned Evening TV, Too
As you all well know, it’s Bob Saget’s birthday. So why not test out your knowledge of his cheesy, cloying magnum opus.

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New AI-Driven Music System Analyzes Tracks for Perfect Playlists
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Whether you're planning a bachelorette party or recovering from a breakup, a well-curated playlist makes all the difference. If you don't have time to pick the perfect songs manually, services that use the AI-driven system Sonic Style may be able to figure out exactly what you have in mind based on your request.

According to Fast Company, Sonic Style is the new music-categorizing service from the media and entertainment data provider Gracenote. There are plenty of music algorithms out there already, but Sonic Style works a little differently. Rather than listing the entire discography of a certain artist under a single genre, the AI analyzes individual tracks. It considers factors like the artist's typical genre and the era the song was recorded in, as well as qualities it can only learn through listening, like tempo and mood. Based on nearly 450 descriptors, it creates a super-accurate "style profile" of the track that makes it easier for listeners to find it when searching for the perfect song to fit an occasion.

Playlists that use data from Sonic Style feel like they were made by a person with a deep knowledge of music rather than a machine. That's thanks to the system's advanced neural network. It also recognizes artists that don't fit neatly into one genre, or that have evolved into a completely different music style over their careers. Any service—including music-streaming platforms and voice-activated assistants—that uses Gracenote's data will be able to take advantage of the new technology.

With AI at your disposal, all you have to do as the listener is decide on a style of music. Here are some ideas to get you started if you want a playlist for productivity.

[h/t Fast Company]

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