Dictionary Upgrades: ‘Twerk,’ ‘Derp,’ ‘Selfie,’ ‘Food baby,’ and ‘Jorts’ Added to the Dictionary

The English language is ever-changing and the powers-that-be are taking note. Each year, new words are added to authoritative dictionaries around the world in an attempt to keep their collections as modern and comprehensive as possible. The Oxford Dictionaries Online (ODO) is the newest group to include a a bundle of slang-ish words. In 2012, […]

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No Need to Worry, Christianity is Doing Just Fine

The TV pundits and talking heads always talk about “war against Christmas” (like here, or here) that is implicitly part of a larger war against Christianity. In my own experience, growing up in a family of Southern Baptists, I’ve heard pastors frequently lament the “narrow path” that Christians walk and its unpopularity at large. A […]

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The Grocery Chain That Could Topple Walmart

What to say about Walmart? By now we’ve all heard horror stories about the treatment of its employees. We’ve all people-watched (more gawked) as we’ve walked through Walmart’s many aisles. Yet many of us continue to go there because the prices are just too damn good. To the surprise of many, however, a small Idaho-based […]

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What Caffeine Does to Your Brain: A Cellular Chronicle of the Most Common Psychoactive Drug

Some mornings my mind gets trapped in a fog of pain. I can’t concentrate, my body aches, I’m nauseated, I’m irritable, and I can feel my pulse pound-pound-pounding in my head. I haven’t done anything extreme to warrant this internal pestilence. Rather, not doing something is the source of my problem. I’m in withdrawal—I’m craving […]

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Clowns: A Pathology

Clowns are terrifying. In the words of the mega-popular Facebook page “I Hate Clowns!!”: “They creep out of dark alleys and scare the hell out of people.” From Stephen King’s IT to (real life, “killer clown”) John Wayne Gacy, popular culture seems to be scared s**tless of clowns. The fear even earned itself a pop-psychology […]

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Smoking Kills (Your Profit Margins)

How Smokers Cost Employers Over $5,000 a Year Looking to hire? A new report indicates that it wouldn’t be in your best interest to put a smoker on payroll. As reported in the New York Times, a new meta-analysis by researchers at Ohio State University—based on earlier studies of the cost of smoking—found that a […]

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The Top and Bottom Party Schools of 2014 (Because YOLO)

If you ask 126,000 college students 80 questions regarding academics, the administration, the student body, and life on campus you’d get a massive pile of data that could be used to learn somethings about their colleges. This is exactly what the Princeton Review does every year. And after the’ve sorted through their data they start […]

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Scientists Unveil Lab-Grown Burger At Public Taste Test, It Could Save The World

The people of planet Earth really like meat. By last count, humans consumed 270 million tons of meat per year and that number is expected to double by 2050. Unlike fruits, vegetables, or grains, meat is particularly hard to grow. It’s limitations will make keeping up with global demand impossible. But at an event on […]

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How Instagram Is the Root of All Social Media Evil

We love Facebook. But what was once described as “better than sex” might really be a tool for validating our narcissistic tendencies—a hotbed of bitter envy and resentment. Facebook leads to social media misery. The internet behemoth’s harmful effects have been discussed in articles like this deep read from The Atlantic, and in multiple studies […]

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A Heart Surgery at 2 Percent the Cost

Coronary bypass surgery costs $106,835 at the Cleveland Clinic, a renowned hospital in the namesake Ohio town. Devi Shetty, a social entrepreneur and famous Indian heart surgeon (he served as Mother Teresa’s personal physician), can do the same procedure at any of his 21 medical centers for an astounding $1,583. Against the backdrop of a […]

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