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  1. Things We Saw Today: A New Book By Kate Beaton!!!!!

    This is real life!!

    Drawn & Quarterly is publishing the follow-up to Kate Beaton's wildly-successful Hark! A Vagrant! Step Aside, Pops even features our favorite sassy velocipedestrienne on the cover. (via LA Times)

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  2. Attack on Offices of Satirical Magazine Leaves French Cartoonist Community Bereft

    Many folks on this side of the Atlantic woke up this morning to news of a violent attack on Charlie Hebdo, a satirical newspaper with offices in Paris.

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  3. MEAT CUTE: French Farmer Starts Online Dating Site for Cows

    We also would have accepted "OK Moo-cud."

    Where's the beef?

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  4. British Inventor Builds Giant Fart Machine, Will Point It at France

    Technically it's a pulse jet, but let's call a fart machine a fart machine.

    British inventor Colin Furze is building a gigantic fart machine and fake butt to put it behind so that he can point it at France. Why? I've reached out in an email asking exactly that, but have not had a response yet. For now let's just work under the assumption that it's because farts are funny, so giant farts should be even funnier.

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  5. France Is Spending $4.2 Million to Save Endangered Hamsters

    Wow, tiny burritos are expensive these days.

    If there's one privilege that Americans take for granted, it's our abundance of hamsters. France is spending $4.2 million on preservation efforts to save the Great Hamster of Alsace (not pictured)—enough money to buy a lot of shredded newspapers and exercise wheels if that was a thing the wild rodents actually needed.

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  6. France Bans Work Emails During Non-Working Hours, What Will French Workers Compulsively Check Now?

    As long as no one bans non-work emails during working hours, we'll be OK.

    Working in France has some pretty great perks like several weeks of required vacation time and a 35-hour work week (though they've relaxed restrictions on exceeding that limit a bit in recent years). Well, they're going even further to protect their work/life balance by banning work-related email activity after working hours.

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  7. Samuel L. Jackson (as Nick Fury) Is Not Impressed With Captain France in Winter Soldier International Marketing

    Samuel L. Jackson is contractually required to drop one F-bomb per appearance.

    Hey, guys, come on, those are some pretty tired stereotypes—what? Oh, this is from a French show called Le Grand Journal? Nevermind, this is awesome self-deprecating humor. Way to go, France. Still, the absolute best part of this is watching Samuel L. Jackson's reactions. I don't think he had to dig too deep for the disapproving looks.

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  8. The French Just Successfully Implanted A Long-Term Artificial Human Heart

    There's a joke about smoking and French cuisine in here somewhere.

    We are one step closer to fulfilling everyone's greatest dream/fear: becoming a terrifying race of immortal cyborgs! French biomedical firm Carmat has successfully implanted its prototype artificial human heart, and the patient is alive and kicking.

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  9. Pinhole Camera Turns Empty Apartments Into Surreal, Upside-down Cityscapes [Video]

    I could watch this all day.

    Today in really awesome things, photographers Romain Alary and Antoine Levi create amazing works of visual art by setting up a camera obscura to pick up outdoor scenes and project them upside-down in empty indoor spaces. This video depicts a Parisian apartment, and it's basically the prettiest thing to come out of France since Marion Cotillard started an international career.

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  10. Crime-Plagued French City Asks For Help From Batman

    The hero Marseille deserves, but not the one it needs right now.

    France's second-biggest city, Marseille, has been plagued with gang crime for months, and the problem is only getting worse. With the police seemingly incapable of bringing law and order to the streets, Marseille residents have reacted in the only reasonable manner available to them -- they've called for help from Batman.

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