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Links 1/16: Link A Thief In The Night

Wednesday, January 20, 2016
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From slatestarcodex.com

Ancient Greek naval combat sometimes involved hurling snakes onto your enemies’ ships to cause panic and confusion. Sounds ilke a pretty good plan! The Samuel L. Jackson Award For Excellence In Vehicular Herpetology goes to Hannibal Barca, who had catapults which hurled entire pots full of venomous snakes onto the enemy deck.

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How you spell “The Berenstain Bears” could be proof of parallel universes

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Tuesday, January 19, 2016
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From www.avclub.com

It was this innocent comment left on a post about parallel universes that first pulled Rob Schwarz of Stranger Dimensions into one of the internets strangest theories. It involves The Berenstein Bears, a loving family of anthropomorphized bears who taught children life lessons via hundreds of picture books and two TV shows.

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Wanted: Ebola screeners at JFK for $19 an hour

Sunday, October 19, 2014
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From nypost.com

For a measly $19 an hour, a government contractor is offering applicants the opportunity to get up close and personal with potential Ebola patients at JFK Airport -- including taking their temperatures.

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Scots town Dull joins forces with Bland and Boring - The Scotsman

Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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From www.scotsman.com

The Perthshire village is already unofficially twinned with the American town of Boring, in Oregon, 5,542 miles away however now the residents of Bland Shire in New South Wales want to cash in on humorous publicity by creating a trinity of tedium with Dull and Boring.

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There Are Far More People Named Hitler Than You'd Think

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014
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From www.vice.com

Names are important. Without one, it’s very hard to buy personalized mugs or introduce yourself to people. However, they can also be a burden. One of my ninth-grade teachers was called Mr. Hyman, for instance, which can’t have been easy.

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Truffle Hunting Has Gone to the Dogs - Modern Farmer

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Sunday, September 8, 2013
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From modernfarmer.com

Pigs have long been out of favor for hunting truffles. Replacing them? The truffle dog. And in Oregon, the truffle-hunting dog scene has absolutely exploded.

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We Buy White Albums

Sunday, March 3, 2013
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From www.dustandgrooves.com

Rutherford has a unique vinyl collection. He only collects the Beatles first pressing of The White Album.

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50 Shades of Grey Trilogy: How Christian Grey Used Erotica to Save A Small Maine Town

Monday, January 14, 2013
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From www.policymic.com

The three novels of the Fifty Shades have been a mass success, dominating the New York Times’ bestseller list, and for the past four months. One in five adult print novels sold in the U.S. has been a Fifty Shades title.

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A ′dad′ is tenth most popular Christmas list request for children - Telegraph

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Tuesday, December 25, 2012
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From www.telegraph.co.uk

A ′dad′ is tenth most popular Christmas list request for children with youngsters happy to forgo the latest iPad, toy or new pet, a survey has found.

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The Lonely Tree of Tenere Amusing Planet

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Thursday, November 15, 2012
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From www.amusingplanet.com

The tree survived hundreds of years of desertification, until one day in 1973, a drunk truck driver struck it down.

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