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City sadness

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Is it sadder if your city has to share a spot with another smaller city?

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Playing With My Son

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I’m not sure if it’s a great idea to take parenting advice from 1970s standup albums, but this always made sense to me. If you have a kid, why not run experiments on them? It’s like running experiments on a little clone of yourself! And almost always probably legal....

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How to Spot Dogs: Dogspotting Orthodox Rules Explained

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Back in 2008, a Something Awful forums poster named John Savoia outlined his blueprint for better living. Savoia proposed assigning point values to all the dogs you see in your daily activities, with various bonuses attached for those extra-special spots....

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Does watching the NFL make you evil?

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If America has a secular religion, it is probably the National Football League, if only for the happening-on-Sunday thing and the ritual consumption of alcohol and breads....

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Different rules apply

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Over the weekend, my ten-year-old son and I had just finished eating supper at a diner near our house. The multiple TVs in the diner were all showing cable news coverage of the Ferguson situation....

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Happy Birthday, Brain Pickings: 7 Things I Learned in 7 Years of Reading, Writing, and Living

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Reflections on how to keep the center solid as you continue to evolve. UPDATE: The fine folks of Holstee have turned these seven learnings into a gorgeous letterpress poster inspired by mid-century children’s book illustration....

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My 14-Hour Search for the End of TGI Friday's Endless Appetizers

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What if I told you that mozzarella sticks never had to end? That for $10, you could eat for free (for $10) for the rest of your natural life? That there exists a spot in the space-time continuum in which it is always Friday? That there are free refills on all Slushes™ excluding Red Bull® brand...

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Squirtle, I (Should) Choose You! Settling a Great Pokémon Debate with Science

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In the fall of 1998 I stole a Pokémon trading card in Shanghai, China. It was a Kadabra, I remember now. It was slipped discretely from a child’s backpack and into my pocket. He noticed an hour or so later. I was discovered and interrogated, but I eventually lied my way out of it....

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​How To Beat 400 Games In 4.5 Years

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In January of 2010, I decided to change my outlook on how I manage my gaming time, how I collect games, and how I contend with the nemesis that so many gamers share: the dreaded backlog....

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Down With America's Kid-Competition Complex

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I was at a parent's night at my kid's school a couple of years ago—one of those things where you go to the school at night to meet the kid's teacher and eat a cookie and listen as the teacher tells you all the shit they do in class every day, and then you nod your head in approval. "Ah, yes....

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WINE PAIRINGS FOR THE REFINED PURDUE FAN

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Western Michigan: Chenin Blanc is a crisp and refreshing choice for this August home opener, with just enough acidity to reflect the all too real possibility that Purdue loses this game and an ecstatic P.J. Fleck tears down both goalposts by himself and carries them out of the stadium....

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