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The 'Trigger Warning' Chronicles

"Some version of the term began appearing on feminist message boards in discussions of sexual assault in the late '90s. Andi Zeisler, the co-founder and editorial/creative director of the feminist publication Bitch magazine, said the phrase often popped up on a community forum on Ms. Magazine’s website. 'The first time I saw trigger warnings used was on Ms. Magazine’s bulletin board in the late '90s and early '00s,' she said. 'It might have been on other feminist sites, but I only remember seeing it on Ms.'" —Consider this [...]

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Thing You Will Never Be Able To Afford Cheaper Than You Think!

"Want to find a home at a big discount? Look for one priced above $20 million."

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Thing For Rich People Confusing

"The Wealth Matters column on Saturday, about a series of complex trusts that can be used to shelter assets from taxes, misidentified one of the trusts being discussed. The trust for the charitably minded that is similar to a grantor-retrained annuity trust, or Grat, is called a Crat, or charitable remainder annuity trust — not a Clat, which stands for charitable lead annuity trust and functions differently."

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Recipient Of Tender Humanization Misidentified

"A dance review on Saturday about the choreographer Beth Gill’s 'New Work for the Desert,' at New York Live Arts in Manhattan, misidentified one of the dancers tenderly humanized at the end of the piece. She is Heather Lang, not Christiana Axelsen, who also performed."

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How To Dress For Your Punk Rock Book Signing When You're Over 40

"There are many ways for you to dress for your book signings in the spirit of your punk-rock-themed book without looking like a Halloween trick-or-treater. The key is restraint."

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Don't Worry About The Coming War With Goats

"We would like to clarify that the quote 'I have become increasingly convinced that we are heading for a disastrous confrontation and that the 21st century will be remembered for a terrible war between mankind and goats' was a reader question and not a response from Mr Robinson. The next paragraph, 'People often underestimate how dangerous a goat can be – I personally know six people who have become severely injured by goats, and the annual death toll racked up by goats is over 2,000,000', is also a reader question and not a response from Mr Robinson. The Argus is happy to correct [...]

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161 Years Later, A Correction Appended

"An article on Jan. 20, 1853, recounting the story of Solomon Northup, whose memoir '12 Years a Slave' became a movie 160 years later that won the best picture Oscar at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday night, misspelled his surname as Northrop. And the headline misspelled it as Northrup. The errors came to light on Monday after a Twitter user pointed out the article in The Times archives. (The errors notwithstanding, The Times described the article as'a more complete and authentic record than has yet appeared.')"

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My Secret Is No One Ever Suspects Paper

"A study into the popular game rock-paper-scissors has discovered the best strategy to win the game."

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The Smell Of Spring

I have given careful consideration to the idea that by even bringing this subject up I might be jinxing things, but after thinking through all the potential ramifications and consulting the relevant meteorological charts I feel safe in suggesting that after a winter without end we may have finally and irrevocably entered the season we dared only dream of during the ceaseless reign of snow and cold. That's right, it is probably Spring for real now. Which explains why everything smells like jizz and your head is filled with bad words. Congratulations! We made it! See you in a couple of weeks when we're all bitching about [...]

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Everything You Know About William Henry Harrison Is A Lie

I am presuming here that everything you know about William Henry Harrison is that he caught pneumonia after giving a long-ass Inauguration address and died a month later, but it turns out that is probably not true: "In those days the nation’s capital had no sewer system. Until 1850, some sewage simply flowed onto public grounds a short distance from the White House, where it stagnated and formed a marsh; the White House water supply was just seven blocks downstream of a depository for 'night soil' hauled there each day at government expense. That field of human excrement would have been a breeding ground for two [...]

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Some Bots Not Evil

"Not all bots are used for fraud. Google Inc., for example, uses bots to find information on the Internet."

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The Porn Innovators Of Today

"BuzzFeed is like the porn industry in the ’90s. All online marketers watched what the porn people did from a marketing and technology standpoint because they were always on the cutting edge. That’s where a lot of the marketing and advertising techniques that made it into the mainstream in the early 2000s came from." [Via]

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Where Sarcasm Comes From

"The British use of understatement and satire is thought to originate from the Vikings, typically noted for raping and pillaging throughout history, when they brought trade from across the world to British shores."

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Canadian Kid Aging

Heads up, in just one week, you won't be able to called Justin Bieber "a teen" anymore.

— LW (@lindseyweber) February 25, 2014

If you have one of those jobs where this is the kind of information that may be important to you it is very probable that you know this already, but a reminder never hurts. As for the rest of you, hopefully some advance warning will make the transition easier to handle.

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Masturbating Journalist Assertion Clarified

"I ought to correct the record: I said 'masturbatory', not 'masturbating'. Glad that’s cleared up."

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Future Top Search Result For Marijuana Revealed

"Marijuana — also known as pot, weed, or cannabis — is the most commonly used illegal drug in the United States. Marijuana is a psychoactive drug, meaning it's a chemical substance that affects behavior and mood."

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How Swedepop Happened

"Three-quarters of a century ago, Swedish authorities tried to put a stop to the pernicious encroachment of international pop music, and instead they accidentally built a hothouse where it flourished."

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Money Is A Giant Lie

"When banks make loans, they create money. This is because money is really just an IOU. The role of the central bank is to preside over a legal order that effectively grants banks the exclusive right to create IOUs of a certain kind, ones that the government will recognise as legal tender by its willingness to accept them in payment of taxes. There's really no limit on how much banks could create, provided they can find someone willing to borrow it. They will never get caught short, for the simple reason that borrowers do not, generally speaking, take the cash and put it under their mattresses; ultimately, any money a [...]

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What A Wonderful World Of Whimsy We Live In

"An article last Thursday about homeowners who decorate their houses based on the films of the director Wes Anderson misspelled the given name of a woman who organized a birthday party for her husband based on Mr. Anderson’s movies. She is Alix Bannon, not Alex. The article also misstated her age; she is 30, not 31."

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Hungry For That Mentally Clear Feeling?

"Peter Glickman, who helped revive the cleanse in a 2004 book, writes that the first three days are the hardest and that serenity, euphoria and mental clarity set in after about Day Eight. The Mayo Clinic's Dr. Hensrud says it could be incipient starvation instead."