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A Brief History of Nerds

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If you haven't see the Disney short "Paperman," get thee to it! Lovely animation (CG made to look hand drawn) and a cute story.
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Very informative regarding the rise of the nerds: A Brief History Of Nerds In Pop Culture (the comments are absolutely worth reading. And according to their diagram, I am apparently a geek).
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For Occupy Conan, some very talented fans sent in recreated clips from the show that were edited together to form an episode. Laughing Squid has the full episode, plus a link to all of the clips used.
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Shattering your dreams, one picture set at a time: the before and after special effects from various notable scenes.
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From the Annals of Too Much Time: what do 60,000 dominoes falling sound like?
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Need to get away? How about taking a tour of Mars? (or part of it). Greeley Haven is the winter workplace for the Mars Rover.
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Animals are not great athletes you say? Surely you jest! Here is a supercut of Great Moments in Animal Sports (Dear Lord these movies …)
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Not for the squeamish, here are 10 astonishing (and pretty gross) examples of bizarre parasitic life cycles.
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Literally Unbelievable tracks Facebook users serious comments about fake articles/headlines from The Onion. I don't know what is sadder about this, the fact that people would believe these things are true, or that news is such that they very well could be.
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10 Holiday Controversies. What were once personal choices are now public arguments about how it should be done.

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How Zarafa, France’s First Giraffe, Became a Cultural Sensation. Artists across the country wanted to draw or paint her.

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The 6 Big Superhero Movies Of 2017, Ranked From Worst To Best. It's hard to disagree with such a short list, but some fans will.

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When They Tried to Collect on a Nonexistent Debt, This Man Fought Back. Andrew Therrien took the harassment personally, and set out to find out who was behind it.

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Competitive creative dog grooming is an activity that makes dogs into an art medium. The documentary short Well Groomed follows two creative dog groomers through the biggest such contest at Groom Expo.

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Ada Blackjack, the Forgotten Sole Survivor of an Odd Arctic Expedition. She didn't know how to shoot or trap, but she had to make it back to her young son.

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The American Savings Crisis, Explained. Even if we could build savings in this economy, it wouldn't be worth the effort.

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12 Heroic U.S. Military Chaplains. They didn't want to kill, but served by their own sacrifice.

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How Animals are Excavated at the La Brea Tar Pits
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Excavating 101 at the La Brea Tar Pits and Museum. See how paleontologists get those animals out of the ancient asphalt.

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Solving the Mystery of Lyme Disease. When a shocking number of children in one town developed rheumatoid arthritis, doctors and public health officials teamed up to find its cause.

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Horse Feathers: the Marx Brothers at Their Best. The 1932 film is better than its reputation.

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A Child Interviews Her Cat. Any cat owner can relate to the absolute accuracy of the cat's responses.

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10 Reasons Why We Already Know Rey Is a Skywalker. This speculation is derived from clues in The Force Awakens, and contains no spoilers for The last Jedi.

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The Netflix Movie A Christmas Prince is a Hit for All the Wrong Reasons. It might even be worth borrowing a Netflix password.

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Imagining the Jellyfish Apocalypse. As the ocean's ecosystems collapse, they are poised to take over.

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What Was FDR Doing On the "Date Which Will Live in Infamy"? Read how the president took the news of the attack on Pearl Harbor.

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