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The Best Word in the English Language

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Curmudgeon Is the Best Word in the English Language

I propose that no other single word so perfectly marries its phonetic characteristics with its meaning. When you call someone a curmudgeon, you’re saying so much more than “grumpy” or “grouchy.” You’re really bestowing upon someone a royal crown of acidic attitude. I love it. (Larry David is my favorite curmudgeon of all time. That’s high praise from me.)

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Oh No, Not Yet

The 2016 Presidential race has already started. But, luckily, this is a really fun candidate to consider.

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The Time Charles Schulz Killed Off A Little Girl

Don’t worry, the girl was just a new Peanuts character that people really didn’t like. Here’s a cheeky response note where he blames a fan for the girl’s death.

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Forget Making Video Games Look Like the Real World

Let’s make the real world look like video games.

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The Super Bowl Ad You Aren’t Allowed to See

When you see how tame (and environmentally conscious) it is, you’ll be really perplexed about why it was banned.

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Pry It From My Cold, Dead Grave

There was a time that grave robbing was such a problem that guns were being mounted on graves to shoot potential tomb plunderers.

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RIP: Ed Koch

You were the Mayor of New York. You were a TV star. But, most important, you have a Muppet Wiki webpage.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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Vampires, Ghosts, and Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants
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Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s. The Miss American Vampire Contest was a hit, but Miss Ghost America was not.

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As Users Opt for the Discounted iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Sales Underwhelm. It turns out that price and features matter more than owning the latest version, which may bode poorly for the iPhone X.

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Naps Have Amazing Health Benefits. Just a little shut-eye can make you more productive the rest of the day.

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The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead. The movie crew didn't know they were using a real human skeleton until years later.

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There are No Spiders in This Pie. In case you were thinking there were, which you were not.

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It's Time to Bring Back Memento Mori.  Reminders of our own mortality could spur us to make the most out of the time we have.

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12 Creepy DIY Halloween Projects to Scare Your Guests. Any of them will add life to your Halloween party!

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