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Amazon Selects Their Favorite Fake Customer Reviews

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/. shared Amazon's Funniest Reviews -- Helpful product reviews written by Amazon customers are the heart of Amazon.com, and we treasure the customers who work hard to write them. But occasionally customer creativity goes off the charts in the best possible way.

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Here's What Happens Inside You When a Mosquito Bites

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Boing Boing mentioned a National Geographic article, with three short silent embedded YouTube videos, that shows "Here's What Happens Inside You When a Mosquito Bites".

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The Top 10/Ten Most Bizarre Objectives In Video Games

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Blue's News shared a two pages GameInformer article showing "The Top 10 Most Bizarre Objectives In Video Games" with the author's experience with the craziest video game objectives.

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Over A Third of Americans Confess to Verbal or Physical Abuse of Their Computers

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Crucial press release says "over a third of Americans confess to verbal or physical abuse of their computers -- Crucial.com reveals the extent of frustration, anger, and helplessness felt by Americans when faced with computer problems..."

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The Weird Error Message Gallery

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DOS486.com currently has four pages showing screen captures/shots of "The Weird Error Message Gallery" from various software and web sites.

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Twelve/12 Games That Existed Just to Sell You Junk Food

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Wired, with its twelve/12 screen shots/captures gallery (view all at once), takes a "look at the semi-secret history of junk food and videogames" since the early days of video games.

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A list of the most-congested cities in America as of 8/2/2013.

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The Weather Channel has a slideshow, with captions, that shows a list (35 photo(graph)s) of the most-congested cities in America.

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Placebo Buttons

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This almost 2.5 years old You Are Not So Smart article tells about "Placebo Buttons -- The Misconception: All buttons placed around you do your bidding. The Truth: Many public buttons are only there to comfort you..."

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Passport photo(graph)s of celebrities - in pictures.

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Boing Boing shared The Guardian's sixteen/16 pages gallery showing "Passport photographs of celebrities - in pictures -- The passport photograph is the most universal and democratic form of portraiture ever invented.

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The Legend of The Oregon Trail

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Mental Floss/mental_floss tells the story how "three student teachers changed the educational game industry from inside a janitor's closet..." with Oregon Trail game.

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Brain Oddities: Spelling is Irrelevant to Comprehension

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Lucian shared 2.75 months old The Big Picture's blog showing "Brain Oddities: Spelling is Irrelevant to Comprehension -- In trying to make sense of the world around us, our brains have evolved to do some very odd things. The more we learn about our cognitive processes, the more it seems we have inherited a very weird wetware set, filled with bizarre and misleading foibles.

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What did you think FTW stood for before reading these poll options?

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Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make--and break--online video

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This four pages Ars Technica article explains why "Why YouTube buffers: The secret deals that make--and break--online video -- When internet service providers (ISPs) and video providers fight over money, Internet users suffer.

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Anternet -- The Ant Internet

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This last year's IEEE Spectrum article, with its four minutes YouTube video, mentioned The Ant Internet (Anternet) -- "Before researchers developed the Internet, ants developed the Anternet, a surprisingly similar communications network ..."

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There's a Name for That: The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon ...

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Boing Boing shared a short Pacific Standard article on "There's a Name for That: The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon -- When a thing you just found out about suddenly seems to crop up everywhere..."

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Everything You Need To Know About Poop

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VideoSift shared an one minute and 35 seconds musical YouTube video showing "Everything You Need To Know About Poop -- Everyone poops. Here are some things you should know about it..."

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Code Rush, the Mozilla Documentary From 2000/Y2K.

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VideoSift shared a very old 56+ minutes seconds Viddler video (also YouTube) showing "Code Rush" -- "... documentary covering the first release of Netscape source code in 1998, the foundation of the Mozilla project... From March 1998 to April 1999, an independent documentary film crew followed a team of software engineers

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