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December 2011

Happy New Year!

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

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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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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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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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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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Geekolinks: 12/31

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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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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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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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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Apple's Top Design Guru Jonathan Ive Receives Knighthood

While Steve Jobs is often remembered as the father of Apple's iconic products, UK designer Jonathan Ive was the creative mind behind the look and feel of devices like the MacBook, the iPod, and the iPhone. In recognition for his contribution to art and design, Ive has been named a Knight Commander of the British Empire in the New Year Honours list.

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Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt Sang a Song, and Then the Internet Exploded [Video]

it's time to play the music

Okay, if you haven't seen this by now, you ... just haven't spent a lot of time on the internet because you have a bunch of presents to play with. That's actually pretty great! But now, for your viewing and listening pleasure -- and because it's New Year's Eve -- here are the dynamic duo of Zooey Deschanel and Joseph Gordon-Levitt performing "What Are You Doing New Year's Eve?" And no, we still don't know what he's doing in The Dark Knight Rises. But your ears will enjoy this greatly. (via HelloGiggles)

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Top Game Companies Nintendo, Sony, EA Drop Support for SOPA

A recent update to the Judiciary Committee's list of top supporters for the controversial Stop Online Piracy Act, more commonly known as SOPA or "that horrible law in congress," suggests that alliances may be shifting behind the scenes. The refreshed list shows that top game makers Nintendo, Sony, and EA have dropped their support the law.

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How About That: North Korea Has a FAQ

With the recent death of Kim Jong-Il, many people ignorant of the internal workings of the Democratic People's Republic of Korea might have some questions. Perhaps you're curious about how a DPRK citizen spends his or her time, or maybe you're looking for commentary on slippery rumors about mass starvation and nuclear weapons. Well, worry no more friends: North Korea maintains a FAQ that should answer just about any question you might have. And it's not full of bald-faced propaganda, of course not.

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Sorry About Your Divorce, Katy Perry, Here’s A World Of Warcraft Parody Of One Of Your Songs

i'll just leave this here

We're actually really sorry to hear the news today that musician Katy Perry and comedian Russell Brand are getting a divorce. They seemed to fit very well together. After you heard about their relationship you thought, "oh yeah, of course," but you probably never would have thought about them together before. Much like this mash-up of Perry's E.T. and World of Warcraft. YouTube user taintedlore says instead of uploading the song with just a still shot they "decided to throw some sort of partially coherent video together in which a Blood Elf appears to be pining for a big, blue, strapping, kick-ass Draenei." And that's all you need to know.

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The Philosoraptor Pop Song [Video]

Bucky Studios compiled some of the best Philosoraptor musings and put it to a generic pop song just in time for the new year. Move over, Auld Lang Syne, and allow us to question existence itself for the new year, rather than forgetting auld acquaintances.

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Tornadoes More Likely to Form Mid-Week Because of Human Pollution

A new study has found that tornadoes seem to have an overwhelming preference toward forming in the middle of the week. This isn't necessarily because the hyper-destructive funnel clouds are dedicated workers that live for the weekend, but rather because of the pollution created by humans commuting to work. Just another example of human beings sowing the seeds to their own destruction.

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Things We Saw Today: Mickey the Barbarian

Things We Saw Today

If there's anything we've enjoyed a lot this year, it's fan art. And I have a soft spot in my heart for Mickey, so this is really kind of making my day. By John T. Quinn at Blog Is Dead. (via Popped Culture)

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Anonymous Allegedly Threatens Sony, Justin Bieber, Others Over SOPA Support

An Anonymous-branded message threatening Sony and a handful of celebrities has surfaced and calls for attacks on the target parties as retaliation for their collective support of SOPA. The message announces that Anonymous will "destroy [Sony's] network," and has "declared that [their] fury will be brought upon...Justin Bieber, Lady Gaga, Kim Kardashian, and Taylor Swift," for their grievous crime. Now, I've said it before and I'll say it again: Releasing a video announcing an Anonymous attack doesn't necessarily make said Anonymous attack real, but this one seems to be gaining some traction.

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Do Gendered Toys & Playtime Have Their Place Or Is It All For Profit?

To infinity and beyond!

Gender specific toys have been in the news lately, partly due to Lego's new "Friends" line for girls but two recently articles have brought up a few more points. Such as, do they harm children for their future adulthood and do they have a positive purpose or are they only created to make more money? 

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