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December 2011

  1. Happy New Year!

    Thanks for reading! Have a happy New Year, and we'll see you in 2012!

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  2. Deepest Wishes for a Joyful Belly Rub [Video]

    And All Was Right With the World

    Look, guys, here's the deal. I had to choose a video for the end of 2011. Something that could bring a smile to everyone's face, every single person who happens upon our humble little space on the web. And all I could think was that maybe everyone had a year that they loved, or just liked, or merely tolerated, or completely hated. But in the end, maybe we could use the human equivalent of a belly rub. As a reward, as an antidote, whatever is needed. So I give you Mackie, the Boston terrier, and the strange noises he makes until he finally gets his belly rub in the end. I think we can all relate. And for a bonus, because you deserve it, Mackie asking for some mac 'n' cheese.

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  3. Things We Saw Today: Wheatley Catch

    Things We Saw Today

    It was a good year for video games. By Sage. (via Diary of a Death Starlette)

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  4. Why Alcohol Makes Your Head Spin [Video]

    Some valuable information from thegnome54 as we approach New Year's Eve. Stay safe, everyone.

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  5. A Reason to Have Faith in Humanity: ThinkGeek Makes Christmas Bright For a Cancer Patient and His Wife

    I'm In A Glass Case of Emotion

    Normally, we'd say it was time to call it a day on Christmas-related posts, but this was something we couldn't ignore. The Mary Sue is a big fan of ThinkGeek, the best site on the internet for geek-related merchandise. As an actual customer, I can more than vouch for their excellent customer service. So no one should be surprised that the company went above and beyond just excellent customer service into a new realm of goodwill towards fellow humans. Kevin "Wash" Pratt-King, 27, and married to Tashi, has been fighting a rare and nearly incurable form of cancer (99 percent of patients don't survive) called glioblastoma multiforme. On her blog, Tashi wrote about the couple's financial hardships and how Christmas and Hanukkah were going to be. And then, ThinkGeek stepped in and changed everything.

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  6. Geekolinks: 12/31

    Hackers aim for censorship free Internet using their own satellites (BBC) Was the iPhone actually invented in 1992? (Giz) Progress continues on the $35 tablet (The Globe and Mail) Child actors then and now (BuzzFeed) A Facebook for the 99% (/.) Hunting for the Beast of Beast of Gévaudan (io9) And the Pantone color for 2012 is... (World of Wonder) (time just flies by, via Reddit)

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  7. Here Is What to Do For That Hangover You’re Going to Have

    The Future Is Now!

    Since your resolution to drink less doesn't start until tomorrow, some of you (okay, us) will be drinking some alcohol tonight. If you can find yourself in a safe, trustworthy situation that includes a designated driver (or a sober cabbie), we strongly encourage responsible imbibery, because such an experience will result in the creation of words such as "imbibery." (No, I have not started celebrating early.) However, be aware that unless you have superhuman powers or are a super scientist with a miracle cure, there is a very good chance that the alcohol you consume will give you a hangover tomorrow. And if curling up into a fetal position and praying for sweet, sweet death isn't your idea of a cure, we have a few tips for you that will 1. help you get over a hangover and 2. possibly prevent an extra horrible one.

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  8. Misery, Interrupted by the Occasional War: The Last 100 Years in 10 Minutes

    As we prepare to close the book on another year, YouTube user derDon1234 threw together a quick look back at the last 100 years of history -- conveniently compacted into 10 minutes. While interesting it's, uh, not exactly uplifting. In fact, it's nearly all wars and explosions, with a few sporting events thrown in for good measure. Also, only one woman was apparently noteworthy enough to make the cut -- and it's Lewinksy. So, while deeply flawed, its a sobering reminder of how far we've come. See the video after the break, but be forewarned that it does contain some graphic images, so watch at your own discretion.

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  9. Statue of Two Dinosaurs Making Out is a Great Reason to Visit China

    If  you're looking for an excuse to visit China, here's a great one: At the city of Erlian, near the border with Mongolia, there is an enormous statue of two dinosaurs. And they are totally making out. The whole complex was designed to draw attention to the nearby Dinosaur Fairyland park, but that pales in comparison to the site of two long-necked dinos tongue wrestling.

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  10. No One Knows What “Auld Lang Syne” Means. Now, Guess What This Post Is About.

    Olden Lore

    Okay, some people know what "Auld Lang Syne" means, and some might even know some, most, or even all of its lyrics. But why do we sing it at New Year's ... and what does it mean, anyway? Is this something we missed in school? A lost relic of times when we, as a people, drank buttered rum and roast goose at the holidays, somehow stowed away in the dusty attics of our minds, taken out once a year and covered with so many cobwebs that we can barely recognize it anymore? Depressed yet? Come inside, we will learn this together.

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