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How To Forecast Holiday Snow. Computer models, weather patterns, and an educated hunch come together to predict a white Christmas -or not.
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To love, honor, obey, and bomb: 10 film flops headlined by doomed couples. Sometimes even the stars cannot detect the lack of chemistry between them.
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Your guide to holiday movies. Will you be in the mood for adventure, escapism, or Oscar bait?
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Take A Bow, Ad Wizards: 10 Best Commercials of 2012. Whether you buy the products or not, they got your attention -and that's all an ad can do, really.
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25 Amazing Gingerbread Houses. They're all technically houses, but that's all they have in common.
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The History of Christmas Carols. No other holiday has enough music to run radio stations 24/7 for a month.
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A London chef is preparing the world's most expensive Christmas dinner. The complete feast for four will cost $200,450, and doesn't sound all that appetizing.
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Cats love boxes. This one strongly resists being un-boxed.
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How to Sail a Boulder Across Lake Titicaca on a Reed Boat. Huge rocks were moved 1,500 years ago, and a modern expedition recreated the stunt to see if it was possible.
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The Traditional Christmas Peppermint Pig. Hit it with a hammer!
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Meet the 2013 Rock and Roll Hall of Fame inductees. They won't be officially installed until April.
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Why Is The Middle Finger Offensive? It is only if your culture decides that it is.

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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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