The Week's Most Popular Stories


In case you weren't obsessively refreshing all week, here's what you missed:

1. 11 Things Wal-Mart Has Banned, by Ethan Trex

2. 10 Unusual Playgrounds From Around the World, by David K. Israel

3. The Quick 10: 8 Famous Apologies (and two that never happened), by Stacy Conradt

4. 11 Other Halls of Fame, by Ethan Trex

5. What Happened to Marie Antoinette's Children? by Linda Rodriguez

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6. Ted Turner: America's Jiminy Crickett, by Bud Shaw

7. The Quick 10: The Former Names of 10 Bands, by Stacy Conradt

8. The Quick 10: 10 State Nickname Explanations, by Stacy Conradt

9. 10 Overhyped Baseball Players Who Fizzled, by Scott Allen

10. Strange Geographies: The Little Town That Killed Los Angeles Los Angeles Killed, by Ransom Riggs

11. Paw & Order: Animals on Trial, by Rob Lammle

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12. How & Why Do Leaves Change Color? by Matt Soniak

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In Case You Just Discovered Our Site

Welcome! We'll catch you up slowly. Here are the highlights from last week, and here's what you missed back in August.

The Fantasy Football Update Nobody Cares About

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With one week in the books, I'm feeling really good about that Drew Brees pick. In case you were wondering (OK, nobody's wondering, but just for kicks), Psycho Dad = me, Know Brainers = Sandy Wood, Fightin' Amish = Mangesh Hattikudur, OchoWhat-O? = Brett Savage, ClintonPortisWigShop = Allison Keene, Foolish Mortals = Stacy Conradt, Secret RickMirer = Ethan Trex, Budway Joes = Scott Allen, Witty Team Name = Mark Arminio, Wild Willies = Jason Plautz, and our two readers are Jane Coaston (Inglorious Bengals) and Ross Lambersky (NJ Dawsgmen).

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