The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 04.10.12

4/10/2012 4:50:23 PM

Tags: Dialect, San Francisco, Circus, GDP, Gardening, Wyoming, Paywall, Google, Reycling, Sam Ross-Brown

Bee Normal

 Why honeybees haven’t been doing so well lately.

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Is Google erecting its very own paywall?
 

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Recreating San Francisco streets with 100,000 toothpicks and an incredible level of commitment.

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Why are so many solar panels made in China?

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Do Americans believe race relations are getting worse?

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A house in Japan blurs the line between living room and garden.

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How fictional sociopaths captured our hearts.

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What dachshunds can teach us about the public sector. 

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Sherman Alexie on why banning a book only makes it more significant.  

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Five economic ideas more important than GDP.

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What to say if you offend your 9th century Chinese dinner guests.

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Why a really good bicyclist absolutely belongs in the circus.

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A nifty infographic on why more Americans don’t recycle.

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How to own your very own one-horse town in Wyoming.

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Sneetered by a snollygoster, and other truly wonderful phrases from across the country. The new Dictionary of American Regional English has picked up on hundreds of local gems like these, from the great state of Kentucky. But if you aim to make use of these whoopensockers, be warned: most have multiple spellings and a handful of contradictory definitions. Which of course makes them that much more fun.

 

Image by Christopher Down, licensed under Creative Commons. 



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