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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 01.17.12

1/17/2012 10:32:50 AM

Tags: The Crockpot, Reading, Indie Bookstores, sea trees, First Lady, Doomsday Clock, pen pals, John Steinbeck, Madame Tussauds


Why we love to watch people (or robots) doing the robot.


If you believe in kindness, you’ll be free. That’s the attitude blogger Dig This Chick had to take after a domain squatter bought up her blog domain and tried to sell it back to her.


Playboy has 383,049 followers on Twitter. Ms. needs your help to catch up. Follow @msmagazine and tell your friends to do the same!


What are the consequences, if any, of stopping reading?


Advice for indie bookstores: Amazon isn’t really your enemy, and poetry readers may be your best friends.


Why do some neighborhoods get overrun with chain stores, while others don’t?


“Sea Trees would be big, lush, tiered towers that rise up offshore, whether in a lake, a river, or the sea, and create floating preserves for plants and animals,” reports Fast Company. “Think of them as elaborate city parks (except humans aren’t allowed).”


When the First Lady comes to your restaurant, what’s a young cook to do?


The Bulletin of Atomic Scientists has moved the Doomsday Clock one minute closer to midnight.


The best pen pal ever: Sign up for Letters in the Mail and get letters, in the mail, from your favorite author.


Infographic: Get enough sleep or else you’ll be dumber, get fatter, die sooner, be meaner, and get lucky less often.


Fatherly advice from John Steinbeck to his son, on the beautiful complexities of love.


“Madame Tussauds is like a safari, only it’s celebrity you’re stalking, and about halfway through you begin to feel more hunted than hunter.” Prospect magazine uncovers the secret behind the success of wax museums.


How many of us have threatened to give up the rat race and live simply in a cabin in the woods? This guy actually did it.

Image by Victoria, licensed under Creative Commons. 

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