A three-part article follows a story of international adoption gone wrong. The upshot is that throwing money at a problem sometimes makes it worse. (via Metafilter)
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The Worst Summer Movie Sequels. Score one point for every one of these that you skipped seeing at the theater. (via Film Drunk)
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A stunning display of natural birefringence. I'll vouch that it's stunning, but the mad scientist will have to explain what birefringence is.
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The Auctioned Heirloom. A vintage ad inspires a really silly tale. (via Boing Boing)
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6 Shocking Stories from the London Riots. A mob is a mob and a city is a city even when its on fire, but individual stories bring it all home.
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A dog named Stacey Mae has perfected the art of the 5-second video. Don't ask a question unless you're ready for an answer.
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When you're on top of the world and can afford anything you want, what do you do next? You make a rap video to brag about it.
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A LIFE.com gallery featuring the world's weirdest beards. Why not?
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If Sir Alfred Hitchcock were still alive, he'd be turning 112 years old tomorrow. Happy Birthday Hitch! 4 Alfred Hitchcock Secrets.