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Brain Game: Corduroy Pillows Make Headlines

You're the editor of a newspaper, and trouble's brewing. The owner's inept nephew, Zeke, has been hired on to typeset the headlines. You like your job, so you want to take it easy on the boss's kin. Zeke has trouble centering the headlines exactly... especially after having a few drinks with his lunch. To make things as easy as possible for Zeke, you set up a template with three four-letter words:

XXXX XXXX XXXX

And since Zeke doesn't know the whole alphabet, you promise him that you'll never use more than four different letters of the alphabet in any headline. (So each word in the headline is an anagram of the other words.)

So you're sorting through the headlines from the upcoming issue, and try to convert them to meet the new requirements. The first one comes to you quickly: The story titled FELINE MUSICAL TROUPE PERFORMS would become CATS CAST ACTS.

How about these five?

RED PLANET MOBILIZES SHEEP

THREE PAPARAZZI RUSH SPELLING

LUNCH FOR GUYS: BAD

U2 GAINING YOUNG FANS

BECKHAM PATRONIZES NEW STORE

Here are the SOLUTIONS.

THE SOLUTIONS:

MARS ARMS RAMS
TRIO RIOT TORI
MALE MEAL LAME
BONO NOOB BOON
POSH SHOP HOPS

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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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