Weekend Links: Less-Than-Amazing “Facts”

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A little fact-checking uncovers the unhappy truth that Snapple’s “Real Facts” are questionable at best.

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Author Alice Munro has just become the first Canadian in history to win the Nobel Prize for literature, and only the 13th woman in 112 years. This beginner’s guide is a good start for anyone unfamiliar with the famed storyteller’s work, as are these five classic stories.

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Here’s a cheat sheet to the rest of the Nobel winners you need to know for dinner table conversation.

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Alfonso Cuarón’s latest film, Gravity, is a hit with critics and at the box office, but it’s not doing so well in the science department. Everyone’s favorite astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson fact-checked the movie via Twitter and found it lacking; American astronaut Scott Parazynski weighed in as well. Both of them, however, still enjoyed the movie.

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Google’s global offices could put anyone’s corner desk to shame. Between the massage chairs, putting greens, juice bars, and even a private monorail, it’s a wonder those programmers ever get any work done.

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The ladies from Game of Thrones get an Art Nouveau makeover in artist Elin Johnson’s latest series of work.

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Some words lost to history might do well if they ever attempt a comeback. “Snollygoster” just has such a ring to it.

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October 12, 2013 - 10:00am
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