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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 01.10.12

1/10/2012 10:43:12 AM

Tags: The Crockpot, primary elections, Christmas ornaments, pepper, breastfeeding, publishing, American Sign Language, BrethalEyes, communion wafers, Platonic drinking


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. 


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


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


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


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. 


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


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.”  


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


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. 


A musical airport floor, played by your and your suitcase 


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


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


Is your relationship with your drinking buddies platonic or Platonic?

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