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The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 09.01.11

walkingA ruminative essay on the wonders of walking finds connections between “life, narrative, and bipedalism.” 

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The Frisky discovers JC Penney selling a T-shirt for girls that reads: “I’m too pretty to do homework so my brother has to do it for me.” (The shirt has since been pulled from shelves due to consumer outrage. The power of the people!) 

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Doctors turn to driving cabs and waiting tables after immigration. An innovative program helped Somali doctors regain their licenses—until funding was eliminated. 

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The issue isn’t if Michele Bachmann “judges” gays. The issue is her zealous advocacy of laws that strips individual rights based on her personal religious views of homosexuality. 

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Incisive, deep-thinking media critic Jack Shafer was recently laid off by Slate—but not before American Journalism Review captured him in a revealing profile. 

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Could Muammar Qaddafi be hiding in...New Jersey?

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Here’s an odd couple: The Kama Sutra and The Adventures of Sherlock Homes are the most popular e-books downloaded from Project Gutenberg. 

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Dorm room essentials now include a high-tech spitball gun, crazy synth guitar, and self-cooling beer pong table. 

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Have trouble remembering the difference between a macchiato and a mochaccino? Or an au lait and a latte? This handy infographic clears things up (sort of). 

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An expectant mother braves the Russian hospital system and lives to tell the tale. 

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Swiss comedian Ursus Wehrli turns tidiness into art.  

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