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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 01.10.12

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Ever wonder what the heck primary elections actually are and how they work. Truth is, it’s really complicated. Here’s a crash course. Careful, it gets wild after about 50 seconds. 

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Question: What’s more beautiful than a Christmas tree full of sparkly ornaments? Answer: Christmas ornaments full of sparkly glitter—exploding.

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Trash talk at the dinner table: Salt needs a new companion; pepper is lame

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A mother writes about how she went into breastfeeding all wrong.

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Recession inspiration story: A 40-year-old, out-of-work architect who moved back with his parents has now built a career as the creative force behind the Lego architecture kits you see everywhere, making $10,000 per commission. 

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Skyhorse Publishing has announced an unusual program: It will pay cash to struggling book publishers for their backlist titles.

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The best American Sign Language music videos, including White Stripes, “We’re Going to Be Friends”; Kanye West, “Good Morning”; and Paula Abdul, “Opposites Attract.”  

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It’s a frog-eat-bat world. Cool footage from Smithsonian scientists studying fringe-lipped bats in Panama.

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BrethalEyes, a new iPhone app, tells you if you’re sober enough to drive. By scanning your eye movement, it claims it can estimate your blood alcohol content. 

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A musical airport floor, played by your and your suitcase 

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Once you pop you just can’t stop: A look inside the big business of communion wafers.

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Of all the thousands of novels written, can you guess the number of unique plots contained therein? If you guessed 1,462, you’d be right

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Is your relationship with your drinking buddies platonic or Platonic?