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Great Ways to Complicate Easy Things

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The Anti-Life Hacks

It’s almost too easy. So let’s make it needlessly complex! Popular Mechanics has a hilarious rundown of 10 patents that make simple tasks crazy complicated. *

To Recline Is Divine

Unless it’s the person in front of you on the airplane doing the reclining. Then it’s a streak of pure black-heartedness. *

Handcrafted Grumpy Cat Goods

You probably know and love Grumpy Cat already. Now you can stock your home with wonderful Etsy goods honoring your favorite ill-tempered feline. *

An Amazing Result of Brain Damage

Nobody is advocating brain damage, or recommending that anyone go out and actively seek it. But this article does explore the strange phenomenon that has arisen in certain individuals that have suffered from brain damage. Derek Amato suffered severe head trauma and awoke with the ability to play the piano. *

Space Needle, Schmace Needle

These amazing observation towers put the Seattle landmark to shame.

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Holy Goon Docks

There was an 80s video game based on The Goonies? How did I miss that or these other forgotten games? *

Get Your Clicking Finger Ready

According to new research, you can reach any of the far reaches of the world wide interweb in fewer clicks than you might imagine.

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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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The Man Who Made John Gotti the Most Powerful Mobster in New York
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The German Who Made John Gotti the Most Powerful Mobster in New York. Hitman Joe Watts parlayed his insider knowledge into both money and respect.

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Why Boaty McBoatface is the Meme that Just Won’t Die. The good news is that it may mean the end of naming polls.

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The False Cheer of Office Parties Can’t Cure the Loneliness Epidemic. In other words, don't rely on your workplace for long-lasting friendships.

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Inside Connecticut’s Secret Museum of Retro-Future Oddities. The Space Age Museum has aliens, robots, rockets, and spaceships that you'll only see online, as the museum is not open to the public.

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What To Do If Your Parachute Fails. Told in a hurry because you Googled this when it happened to you.

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American Employers' Mindless Obsession with College Degrees. Requiring one is a shortcut for eliminating job candidates more than a necessary career qualification.

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11 Beloved Movies That Were Box Office Flops. Many of them were way ahead of their time.

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