Weekend Links: What’s in a McNugget?

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McDonald’s insists that Chicken McNuggets really are made of chicken, and they have a video to prove it. Go on: it’s really not that bad.

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Those who find Les Misérables too much of a tearjerker might be interested in the Muppets’ take on it: Les Mousserables, “the story of Jean BonBon, a French guy who was very sad because he had no cookies.”

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Everyone has chased it at one time or another: the elusive quality of being “cool.” “American Cool,” the latest photographic exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery, tries to pin down just what that je-ne-sais-quoi is, and more importantly, who has it: 100 American icons ranging from Raymond Chandler to Patti Smith, Paul Newman to Toni Morrison, Muhammad Ali, James Dean, and Missy Elliott.

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A conversation that begins with, "Hey, do you have a minute to talk later?" never ends well.

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Sure, you think you know Mean Girls backwards and forwards, but can you guess these famous lines, verbatim, just from a single GIF of the scene in question? (Bonus points for not counting how many letters are in each word.)

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Compared to previous Winter Olympics host cities, Sochi is bigger, though not the most populous; hosted the longest torch relay both in days and in distance; and spent a whole lot more money than anywhere else.

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Over thousands of years, the human body has evolved to create such fine specimens as ourselves today, but we still haven’t worked out all the kinks: blind spots, ADHD, and a fondness for sweets are a few of the “design flaws” that Homo sapiens must endure.

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What are your odds of competing for Olympic gold someday? Probably not great.

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