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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 01.17.12

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

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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.

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

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

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

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

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“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).”

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

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

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

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

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

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“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.

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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.