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The Missing Links: The Crypt of Civilization

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The Mold & The Beautiful
The spoiled produce in the Afterlife photography series is a feast for the eyes only.

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So, Are You Married? Kids? Incarcerated For the Rest of Your Life For a Series of Heinous Crimes?
You know, just the standard bases you cover at your school reunion. The Unabomber took the liberty of getting all of his former Harvard classmates up to speed.

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Things That Were Popular in 1990
The Simpsons is one of the most reference-packed shows to ever grace the television screen. You may not even realize some of the things in the show were references, until you check out the awesome original/homage side-by-side comparison GIFs on the Movie Simpsons blog. (Via Splitsider)

I was 9 years old when Dick Tracy came out and I thought it was mesmerizing. So I really love this huge compilation of information on MetaFilter.

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Adorable Moments Know No Political Affiliation
Whether you’re a Democrat, a Republican, a Whig, a member of the Know Nothings, or even one of those highly sought-after independents, you still have to admit that this picture is awesome.

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“The Court Finds in Favor of the Plaintiff & Awards Them $72 Trillion”
That’s what the Recording Industry Association of America expected to hear when they sued a filesharing website for that amount of money - an amount which turns out to be more money than actually exists in the world.

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A Thing I’ve Become Fixated On: Time Capsules
For some odd reason I have recently become interested in time capsules. So I thought I’d share a few things with you.

Listverse has a great rundown of the Top 10 Incredible Time Capsules. The list has a ton of great information, and links to further reading on each.

This video of Mike O’Malley and Joey “Whoooooa” Lawrence hosting the burial of a time capsule at the Nickelodeon Studios in 1992 features Doc Brown driving up in his famous time machine DeLorean. The time capsule contained MC Hammer CDs, Twinkies, and some of Nickelodeon’s own famous Gak. Just the things we always wanted representing us to future generations.

The International Time Capsule Society at Oglethorpe University in Georgia are the caretakers of the Crypt of Civilization, a large chamber sealed away from the world until its scheduled opening date in the year 8113. Among the contents in the airtight vault is an original copy of the Gone With the Wind screenplay, donated by the film’s producer.

Also: If any of this speaks to your inner geek, check out the 10,000-year clock.

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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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