A journalist reflects on her five years of covering news in Africa. Despite war, injustice, and despair, she grew to love the continent. (via Metafilter)
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Christmas tree recycling in Louisiana aims to restore coastal marshes. Birds and many species of aquatic life depend on them. (Thanks, Lindsey!)
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The Smoking Gun selects the 2008 Mug Shots Of The Year. #16 made me laugh out loud, and #2 should be in some kind of Hall of Fame.
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Why are more male babies born after wartime? We don't know the answer, but the question itself leads to an intriguing genetic hypothesis.
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Instead of keeping track of your faults, discover what's good within you: your character strengths and values. It will take about 15 minutes to complete the full VIA Survey on Character.
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What do 49 microwave ovens have to do with Christmas? If you said "leftovers", you'll be pleasantly surprised by this Christmas greeting.
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10 Alternative Electronic Gifts (for those who can't find a Wii). And a couple more cool electronic gifts.