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  1. Pass Go, Collect Real Money in Monopoly Boxes in France for the Game’s Anniversary

    Well, Euros always kind of looked like Monopoly money anyway.

    In France, 80 boxes of Monopoly will ship with real money in addition to the fake money needed to actually play the game. It's nice of them to still include the game money, but I don't think anyone would mind if they had to go buy a second box of Monopoly to both play the game and spend their free cash.

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  2. Pro-Deliciousness Parents Banned From Naming Their Kid Nutella in France

    Somewhere, there is a child named pretzel who will never find their soul mate.

    "Nutella, by any other name... No, seriously. Could we please name this kid literally anything else?" -France, probably.

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  3. 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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  4. 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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  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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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  8. 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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  9. 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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  10. 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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