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Explaining the Chinese Zodiac

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The Lunar New Year Festival is underway to welcome in the Year of the Snake. Maybe it's time for you to brush up on the Chinese Zodiac.  
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The Complete 2013 Grammy Awards Winners List. In case you were busy watching The Walking Dead last night.
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Who was the best dressed at the Grammys? The award ceremony had new rules about covering up, which led to a more formal look.
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A satire about Hitler in modern-day Berlin is the bestselling book in Germany. Six decades after his death, Er Ist Wieder Da (“He’s Back”) makes citizens and critics nervous.  
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Meet the Florida couple who are addicted to coffee enemas. As odd as that is, their willingness to tell everyone is so much weirder.
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How climate change contributes to blizzards and heavy snowfall. It sounds counterintuitive, but warmer winter storms can carry more moisture.  
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12 historic photos of the world's most formidable snowstorms. This is not the first time Boston was buried -nor the second.
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The Best Pickup Lines in Film History. They can still be used, too, if you want to impress a film lover.
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Why Only Some Grammar Rules Are Breakable. Which ones they are depend on the situation and how much of a grammar nazi you really want to be.  

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Peanuts Aren't Nuts
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Why aren't peanuts classified as nuts? Turns out, they're closer to green beans than you think. Peanuts are biologically legumes.

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What This Company Is Offering Employees Is Raising a Privacy Debate. Would you let your company implant a chip in your hand?

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Your Roomba is Spying on You. The devices have been gathering information about your home, and that data could be more valuable to Roomba maker iRobot Corp than the sales of its vacuum cleaner.

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The Legend of The Fatal Sisters: Voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau put a curse on plantation owner De Coucy, swearing his bloodline would die out, but he ignored it.

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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp? Kids don't mind giving up their cell phones for the week, but it really bothers parents.

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He Thought Butternut Squash was Cheese: Funny observation of the daily struggles of customer service employees and the fact that the customer is not always right.

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Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone.

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15 Monumental Facts About the Lincoln Memorial. One tidbit: The project took a long and winding road from idea to finished structure.

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Morning Cup of Links: San Diego Comic Con News
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The Biggest San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Stories. The latest updates from every pop culture universe.

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Freedom Ride: a glimpse into the experiences of one group of the Freedom Riders of 1961.

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"Dude, where's my car?" Parents take to Craigslist for help after ‘doofy’ son loses car at Metallica show.

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Scientific Journals Publish Bogus Paper About Midi-chlorians from Star Wars, a reminder that not all journals use peer review or even proofreaders.

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Puzzlewood, Tolkien’s Inspiration for Middle-earth. The peaceful, green, 14-acre section of Gloucestershire is truly inspirational.

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How to Turn Your Used Electronics Into Cash. Read the comments, too, for the experiences of people who have used these methods.

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The Accent Whisperers of Hollywood. An influx of global acting talent must be taught to passably sound like Americans.

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Are You Bold Enough to Play Motorcycle Soccer? It's one of several sports mash-ups involving motorbikes.

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