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Ten/10 Amazing Facts About The Simpsons

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VideoSift shared a 3.25 minutes YouTube video showing "Ten/10 Amazing Facts About The Simpsons -- We are all familiar with America's most famous family, but hopefully you won't have known these 10 amazing facts

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27 Signs You Were Raised By Asian Immigrant Parents

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Owl (remove AQFL to e-mail) shared a funny and true BuzzFeed article on "27 Signs You Were Raised By Asian Immigrant Parents

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Worse and Best Airports to sleep in and a guide ...

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This CNN article mentioned "the best and worst airports to sleep in" and a web site dedicated to it

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World Family Names -- Info(rmation) and Geography Maps

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VideoSift and Vsauce's seven minutes and 54 seconds Names YouTube video mentioned Public Profiler's World Family Names (can enter an invalid e-mail address) shows information and geography maps of entered surnames.

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Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies.

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Engwinner's forum thread mentioned a ScienceShot article -- "Pupal cocoons affect sanitary brood care and limit fungal infections in ant colonies -- The brood of ants and other social insects is highly susceptible to pathogens, particularly those that penetrate the soft larval and pupal cuticle. We here test whether the presence of a pupal cocoon, which occurs in some ant species but not in others, affects the sanitary brood care and fungal infection patterns after exposure to the entomopathogenic fungus Metarhizium brunneum. We use a) a comparative approach analysing four species with either naked or cocooned pupae and b) a within-species analysis of a single ant species, in which both pupal types co-exist in the same colony..."

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A local TV/tel(evision/ly) trend: And now, the identical news.

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Ajacksonbearows' Reddit comment shared an almost year old Washington Post article on how TV/tel(vision/ly) news stations are broadcasting the same news and tells how exactly does this happen.

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Why Do Witches Wear Pointy Hats?

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Slate has an article titled "Why Do Witches Wear Pointy Hats?" -- "Thanks in part to The Wizard of Oz, the word witch has become code for a certain type of dress. Flowing black robes. Black boots. Accessorize as you wish with a broom or a grassy complexion, but on pain of expulsion from the coven, do not forget the peaked, black, wide-brimmed hat.

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Who's Been Most Shut Down by the Shutdown? -- Which federal agencies are untouched, and which are ghost towns?

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Reddit shared a brief Slate article, with its infographic, showing "Who's Been Most Shut Down by the Shutdown? -- Which federal agencies are untouched, and which are ghost towns?"

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How Much Do Animals Sleep?

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Davidhumus' /. comment mentioned Dr. Chulder's web page showing "How Much Do Animals Sleep? -- Most animals have a daily pattern of rest and activity. Some animals are more active during the day (diurnal) and some are more active during the night (nocturnal). How much time do animals spend sleeping? Well, it depends on the animal..."

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Zombies versus/vs. animals? The living dead wouldn't stand a chance.

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This Boing Boing article "explains how nature would deal with a zombie outbreak: brutally, and without quarter..."

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Jeepers Creepers! Why Dark Rides Scare the Pants Off Us

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Boing Boing shared a Collectors Weekly (CW) article titled "Jeepers Creepers! Why Dark Rides Scare the Pants Off Us".

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What did you think of Once Upon a Time in Wonderland television/TV pilot?

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Why is it called America, not Columbusia?

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Bullfrog's Twitter tweet mentioned a Dictionary's Hot Word article on "Why is it called America, not Columbusia? ... Why aren't the continents of North and South America called 'Columbusia' after Christopher Columbus?

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The Plural of E-Mail

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M4tic/That_Guy (remove AQFL to e-mail) shared an almost 3.5 years old New York Times article on "The Plural of E-Mail".

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65 Amazing Facts That Will Blow Your Mind

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Justice (remove AQFL to e-mail) and Mental Floss (mental_floss) shared an article showing "65 Amazing Facts That Will Blow Your Mind -- OK, 'blow your mind' is a bit dramatic.

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World War II (WWII) in Europe: Every Day and More!

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VideoSift shared a seven minutes YouTube video showing "World War II (WWII) in Europe: Every Day -- This video shows the changing front lines of the European Theater of World War II every day from the German invasion of Poland to the surrender of Germany."

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Tales You Lose -- Coins with painted characters.

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Boing Boing shared Facebook's Tales You Lose -- Coins are actually massively-reproduced little sculptures. This project brings individual character to each replica, and makes us think: Are we able to like one cent more than others, just by injecting new stories in it?

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How Atari box art turned 8-bit games into virtual wonderlands.

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Blue's News shared The Verge's article on "How Atari box art turned 8-bit games into virtual wonderlands -- Modern games have nothing on these cartridges... The original Atari featured a wealth of games with box art that was quite a bit more imaginative than the “grizzled man holding a gun” template that’s so popular today. The concept of playing a video game in your house, on your television, was still in its infancy in the late 1970s, and Atari needed a way to market its games. One solution was to commission intricately detailed covers that sold the idea of a game much better than any simple screenshot could..."

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Terrible and Lame Video Game Endings

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Over four/4 years ago, VideoSift (#1, #2, and #3) shared 3/three YouTube videos (#1 (almost 3.5 minutes), #2 (almost 4.5 minutes), and #3 (3.5+ minutes).

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13 animated interesting animals GIF facts.

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Reddit mentioned 13 animated images showing "The QI Zoo -- Some quite interesting animals Graphics_Interchange_Format (GIF) facts from QI. Please do not rattle the cages."

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