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Little piggies, cheap shades and sanity check
Little piggies, cheap shades and sanity check
09/17/2020

Interesting fact: When you stub your toe, you’re slamming that little piggy with a force equivalent to two to three times your body weight. 

 

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The Seinfeld theory, postal snub and brewskiing
The Seinfeld theory, postal snub and brewskiing
09/10/2020

Interesting fact: Nothing starts with N and ends with G.

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Rule 34, Big Mac attack and neighborly conspiracies
Rule 34, Big Mac attack and neighborly conspiracies
09/03/2020

Interesting fact: Fast foods, high in sugar and fats, stimulate the brain’s natural opioids. You literally can’t Just Say No.

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Unexercising, second coming & zuke til you puke
Unexercising, second coming & zuke til you puke
08/27/2020

Interesting fact: One zucchini is actually a zucchina. Stare at that word for a while, and tell me it doesn’t trip you out.

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Unexpected errors, flats and going both ways
Unexpected errors, flats and going both ways
08/20/2020
Interesting fact: Bupkis, according to ye olde coffee shop parking lot internet, is short for kozebubkes, “goat droppings” in Yiddish.
 
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Camping in, hallucinogenic toads and socksy talk
Camping in, hallucinogenic toads and socksy talk
08/13/2020

Interesting fact: Contronyms are single words with two conflicting definitions. Like, “to dust” means both “cover in fine particles” and “remove fine particles.” How do we even communicate?

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Fake fans, socket frenching and Rachel in training
Fake fans, socket frenching and Rachel in training
08/06/2020

Interesting fact: The fake baseball audience sounds (which come from a video game) are actually played over stadium speakers. Which only intensifies the cardboard cutout horror vibe.

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Total zeroes, ice cream diet and the vocal minority
Total zeroes, ice cream diet and the vocal minority
07/30/2020

Interesting fact: The “odo-” in “odometer” comes from the Greek “hodos,” meaning “way,” via the French odometer. That word is the only enduring contribution France ever made to the modern automotive industry. 

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Sign rage, catnapping and maskless avengers
Sign rage, catnapping and maskless avengers
07/23/2020

Interesting fact: Body farm research at the Forensic Investigation Research Station at Colorado Mesa University inadvertently discovered that, yes, given the chance, cats really will eat your dead body.

 

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Bird brains and insufferable vegans
Bird brains and insufferable vegans
07/16/2020
Interesting fact: Twenty-five percent of peanuts sold between March and October go to baseball stadiums. But not this year. Save the peanuts! Feed them to your animals. (Without xylitol.)
 
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Ask Rachel: Dirt-turds, side hustles and imported germs
Ask Rachel: Dirt-turds, side hustles and imported germs
07/09/2020

Interesting fact: For what it’s worth, the roads go both ways: Coloradans are most likely to move to California and Texas, too. They’re lucky to have us.

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Hail or hate the Chief & popping the Netflix question
Hail or hate the Chief & popping the Netflix question
06/25/2020

Interesting fact: The most iconic Minnesota chain restaurant, according to some internet source, is Dairy Queen. So next time you miss your hockey pucks and your flip flops in winter, just head on over to Cortez or Aztec for a genuine Minne-Blizzard.

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Return of The Far Side, self flattery and little rED Corvettes
Return of The Far Side, self flattery and little rED Corvettes
06/18/2020

Interesting fact: Want to feel old, no matter your age? “The Far Side” ran for 15 years, and it’s been out of commission for 25. On the plus side, your 1992 “Far Side” calendar will work again this year.

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Not so novel, hidden treasures and flying DEET-ails
Not so novel, hidden treasures and the DEET-ails
06/11/2020
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5G, what to expect when you're expecting & pineapple pizza
5G, what to expect when you're expecting & pineapple pizza
06/04/2020
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Karen conunundrum, about face & black thumbs
Karen conunundrum, about face & black thumbs
05/28/2020

Interesting fact: Dr. I.M. Nick, a nomenclature scholar, says, “The use of a personal name to refer to an entire group(ing) of people is a long-documented, cross-cultural, linguistic phenomenon.” She also has a killer name for a former president of the American Name Society.

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Moth infestations, the name game & barking up the family tree
Moth infestations, the name game & barking up the family tree
05/21/2020
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Ask Rachel
Ask Rachel
05/14/2020

Interesting fact: Time called “Wiggle Wiggle” the worst Dylan song: it “sounds like the theme song to one of those tripped-out television shows beloved by toddlers and drug users.” I liked the song before I even heard it.

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Ask Rachel
Ask Rachel
05/07/2020

Interesting fact: If you haven’t looked into the Folgers incest ad debacle ... go for it.

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Man boobs, walking the dog & city slickers
Man boobs, walking the dog & city slickers
04/23/2020

Interesting fact: Smartwatch manufacturers recommend wearing their products on your, ahem, non-dominant hand to avoid falsely inflating step counts throughout the day. No mention of people who use one of the numerous two-handed methods.

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