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"The Hawkeye Initiative" Strikes Back Against Modern Comic Art. The concept is simple: put a guy (Hawkeye) into those poses to see how silly, sexist, and painful they are.
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Jonathan Coulton takes on the crass commercialism of “Jingle Bell Rock.” You'll never look at (or hear) the song the same way ever again.
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10 Most Bizarre Cat Breeds on Earth. Including four, count 'em, four with no fur!
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Is Less Sex or More Abortion to Blame for Fall in U.S. Birth Rate? Or just maybe people have learned how to prevent unwanted pregnancies with "birth control" methods.
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Speaking of birth, the Duchess of Cambridge is expecting. Place your bets early.
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Where can a kitty go to lay in luxury on plush toys, protected from interfering humans by a glass barrier? A nice, comfy claw machine!
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A picture of Meryl Streep and Hillary Clinton together at the Kennedy Center Awards got recaptioned all over the internet. Here are some of the more clever jokes made of it.
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Why is The Hobbit making some moviegoers sick? Shot at 48 frames per second, the film may be a little too real.
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A Brief History of Dubious Dieting. When people are desperate to lose weight, they'll believe anything you tell them.

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Tips For Baking Perfect Cookies
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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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