The Crockpot: A Weekly Digest 04.10.12

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 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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