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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 02.07.12

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A diamond is a girls’ best friend—because that’s what the diamond industry has decided.

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Ten ironic ways to celebrate Valentine’s Day. Example A: “Wait in the park, and when couples pass by in horse-drawn carriages, spatter them with glue, yelling, ‘No one cares where last year’s horse went, do they?!’”

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Illegal baby names from around the world.

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“You are an idiot and a disgrace.” The Believer writes about the flood of outrage that is the result of saying absolutely anything on the internet.

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Be inspired by this story of an actress who was propositioned by a famous casting director. When she refused to sleep with him, he told her “You’re never going to get anywhere in this business. You should go home and marry a Jewish dentist.” (Hint: She got somewhere.)

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Is godlessness is the last big taboo in the US?

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French parenting is like French cooking: It comes in smaller portions.

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Could cyber-gardening be the new urban-gardening?

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Factory farming is creating a new breed of hellacious superbugs.

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On the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens’ birth, Slackbridge, Gradgrind, and Jarndyce still have something to say about contemporary society and politics.

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Manufacturers have found a new way to appeal to eco-friendly consumers: Brown it.

Image by AMagill, licensed under Creative Commons.