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Haunted Mansion Backstage

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Boing Boing shared a brand new Tumblr blog showing Disney's Haunted Mansion Backstage.

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The Trajectory of Television (TV)--starting with a big history of the small screen.

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Ars Technica has a three pages article on "The Trajectory of Television (TV)--starting with a big history of the small screen.

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The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug - Official Trailers

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Reddit shared an one minute and 57 seconds Czech YouTube video (two minutes and nine seconds English) showing The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug movie trailer.

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C.G.P. Grey -- Complex things explained.

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C.G.P. Grey's YouTube video channel shows many educational and interesting episodes of "complex things explained."

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Your car is not a tornado shelter, etc.

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Boing Boing shared a bunch of interesting links on "your car is not a tornado shelter":

"... That said, if a situation kills experts, you probably don't want to be that untrained person trying to navigate it on your own.

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How do you pronounce GIF (Graphics Interchange Format)?

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Ten/10 embarrassing fast food fails you might not remember.

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Blue's News shared a CNN article (Storified copy for mobile viewers and other web browsers (e.g., old Internet Explorer v7) shared the ten/"10 embarrassing fast food fails you might not remember -- Fast food is quick and cheap and tastes delicious in a horribly wonderful way. But whether it's a misguided menu item or an employee hocking up mucus on take-out orders, it seems like there's always something crazy going on at your favorite fast food restaurant..."

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Surgeries on Friday Are More Frequently Fatal

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British Medical Journal (BMJ) research report said that "Surgeries on Friday Are More Frequently Fatal ... compared to those who opt for really bad Mondays, Britons who have a planned surgery on a Friday are 44 percent more likely to die. And the few patients who had a leisurely weekend surgery saw that number jump to 82 percent. The skeleton staff working on weekends might be to blame..." and the "day of week of procedure and 30 day mortality for elective surgery: retrospective analysis of hospital episode statistics..."

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Anatomy of a Logo: Star Wars

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Boing Boing shared a Tenth Letter of the Alphabet blog of Alex Jay's examining the evolution of the first Star Wars movie/film

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Jack Bauer as a spiderman?

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This Savage Chickens comic strip shows a funny comic strip showing 24's Jack Bauer as a spiderman?

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I Like You in Real Life (But Not on the Internet)

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VideoSift shared a funny 3.5 minutes YouTube video showing "I Like You in Real Life (But Not on the Internet)".

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A phonetic description of the annoying sounds teen(ager)s make and a linguistic dissection of 7/seven annoying teen(age) sounds.

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VideoSift shared an amusing one minute and 42 seconds YouTube video showing "a phonetic description of annoying sounds teenagers make -- This is what linguistics was invented for: so we could give precise phonetic descriptions of those rude sounds adolescents make. This accompanies the article, "A linguistic dissection of 7 annoying teenage sounds".

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50 Common Misquotations

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VideoSift shared a 7.75 minutes YouTube video showing "50 Common Misquotations - Mental Floss (mental_floss)) ... looks at 50 common misquotations and misattributions."

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The Funny, Occasionally Dirty, Hidden Messages in Your Favorite Games

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Blue's News shared an eight image Wired's slide show (one page) showing "The Funny, Occasionally Dirty, Hidden Messages in Your Favorite Games -- It's the 80's, or perhaps the 90's.

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Teen(ager)s, Social Media, and Privacy

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Pew Internet has a few reports showing that "Teens are sharing more info(rmation) about themselves on social media sites than they have in the past, but they are also taking a variety of technical and non-technical steps to manage the privacy of that information. Despite taking these privacy-protective actions, teen social media users do not express a high level of concern about third-parties (such as businesses or advertisers) accessing their data ..."

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Epic Rap Battles of History

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Epic Rap Battles (ERB) of History and its YouTube channel (not all of them are there) have a bunch of funny, cussy, and offensive rap/hip hop music videos that "features comedic rap battles between historical and/or pop culture figures..."

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GeoGuessr -- A game that uses Google Maps Street View...

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MrILoveTheAnts shared GeoGuessr -- "a game that uses Google Maps' Street View. Basically it puts you somewhere randomly in the world and asks you to guess where in the world you are. Points are awarded based on how close you were to being correct."

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TV.com's Autumn/Fall 2013 American Television/TV Schedule, Day by Day

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TV.com assembled a day-by-look at the overall schedule for Americans' television/TV autumn/fall 2013 to compare what goes against what, and made a few predictions with regard to how things will shake out.

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