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You Can’t Kill the Wilhelm Scream

December 16, 2018
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There are a lot of ways to die. Especially in the movies. You can be axed to death by an orc. You can be thrown to your death by Chewbacca or Batman. Shot by Luke…

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Zambonis of the Gods?

November 29, 2018
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It’s a two-mile-long, flat plane of ice floating in the Weddell Sea off Antarctica, shaped like a perfect rectangle. And so big it contains enough water to fill every swimming pool in California several times…

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From Factory Town to Olfactory Fame: Cheerios Is on the Breeze in Buffalo

November 10, 2018
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While Buffalo has many reasons to visit, like its famous chicken wings, world-class art and architecture, and nearby Niagara Falls, it may one day be known for another reason altogether: Cheerios are cooked up in…

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Christmas Arrives with This Catalog

October 21, 2018
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With the simple act of the mail being delivered, it’s officially the holidays in the Nolan house. The Vermont Country Store Christmas catalog has arrived. I am ready to bring the tree in, string the…

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Dr. Johnson in the Potterverse

October 19, 2018
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At first glance, they couldn’t be more different. Dr. Samuel Johnson, 18th-century playwright, poet, and essayist who almost single-handedly wrote the first English dictionary. And J. K. Rowling, 21st-century novelist, screenwriter, and author of the…

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Losing One’s Head Over Food Storage

October 13, 2018
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  Food storage is one of those beloved, evergreen topics that readers can’t seem to get enough of. Who can resist a rousing piece about Saran Wrap, tin foil or Tupperware? It’s clickbait, like a…

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Squirrels on a Plane

October 10, 2018
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Sometimes, when I’m feeling down and need some emotional support, like so many others I turn to my “best friend,” my… squirrel. Just having my squirrel around—having his little head on my lap, scratching his…

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In Spokane, No Fans of Canadian Forest Fires

September 5, 2018
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Some people in Spokane, Washington recently raised their voices by proposing to turn their fans on. The smoke of hundreds of forest fires from British Columbia had wafted over the border, blanketing the city. As…

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Will Work for Small (Fried) Potatoes

August 29, 2018
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They say that if you choose a job you love, it will never seem like work. Fair enough. I am truly grateful for the work I have, but I’m not sure I’d do it if…

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Sorry, Elton—These Sad Songs Say So Little

August 26, 2018
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As reported by the BBC’s Miriam Quick, Spotify recently released scores for 35 million songs, based on “machine learning.” Quick used that data to identify the five saddest songs to top the charts since 1958.…

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