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10 Fictional Handicapped Characters

Our world is becoming increasingly more handicapped accessible, and more and more characters in popular culture are depicted as handicapped. Sometimes their disability is the focus of the story, and sometimes it isn’t even acknowledged. Either way, we are seeing more and more characters in fiction who are handicapped or disabled, and we welcome them alongside our other favorites. In no particular order.

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The 15 Best and Worst Series Finales in TV History

TV show finales often become the forgotten leftovers of shows that either ran too long for their own good, or didn’t run long enough to gather a following that would even remember them. But there are some series finales that do get noted, finales that capped off shows that were smash hits — shows that dodged sharks and still managed to remain on the air long enough to matter. When a much-loved show ends, fans want it to end a certain way, and the final episode can mean the difference between a happy audience and one that refuses to buy the DVDs afterward out of pure spite. These are the 15 best — and worst — series finales in TV History.

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Seinfeld’s 25 Greatest Contributions to the English Language

Twenty-five years ago this Saturday, “Seinfeld” debuted on NBC. It didn’t do particularly well at first, but it slowly began gathering viewers and then — yada yada yada — it permanently changed the way that we, as New Yorkers, talk. In honor of those 25 years, here are 25 things that “Seinfeld” added to the popular vernacular over the course of its nine seasons on the air (1989-98).

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10 Innovations in Hydropower

When you think of the East River in New York City, renewable energy probably isn't the first thing that comes to mind. Yet the river, once a cesspool and dumping ground for an occasional body, has found itself at the forefront of the green-energy movement. In September 2012, Trey Taylor, owner of Verdant Power, sank a special three-bladed electric turbine into the waterway that runs along Manhattan's east side. Taylor designed the turbine, which looks like a modern fan attached to a torpedo-shaped body, to generate electricity from the push and pull of the river's rushing currents. By 2017, 30 of those turbines could dot the river, with each unit generating 35 kilowatts of electricity. If successful, the project could provide enough power to fuel hundreds of homes. Made of plastic and layered fiberglass, the East River tidal turbines are one of several technological innovations rocking the hydroelectric world.

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Top 10 Irish Contributions To The World

Ask most folks to name an Irish invention and they’ll gleefully rattle off a list of comical Celtic creations like powdered water, the solar-powered flashlight and the pedal-powered wheel chair. Although it’s easy to poke fun at the Irish, the sons of Erin have used their ingenuity over the years to create a number of devices that enriched our lives immeasurably. Pour the perfect pint of plain and grab a bag of crisps as we take a glimpse at the Emerald Isle’s top 10 contributions to the world.

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Top 10 Myths About the Brain

The brain is one of the most amazing organs in the human body. It controls our central nervous system, keeping us walking, talking, breathing and thinking. The brain is also incredibly complex, comprising around 100 billion neurons. There's so much going on with the brain that there are several different fields of medicine and science devoted to treating and studying it, including neurology, which treats physical disorders of the brain; psychology, which includes the study of behavior and mental processes; and psychiatry, which treats mental illnesses and disorders. Some aspects of each tend to overlap, and other fields cross into study of the brain as well.

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40 Android Apps for the Serious Student

College can undoubtedly cause loads of stress, so you should take every measure possible to make life a little easier. Enter your Android phone. This little device is capable of a lot, including everything from calculating your GPA to finding and purchasing the cheapest available textbooks. So, do your homework, and find the best apps for school and college life. Here are 40 great ones to consider right off the bat — most are free, but if they aren’t, it’s indicated in the brief descriptions.

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11 Sounds That Your Kids Have Probably Never Heard

Who knew that some noises could eventually become as extinct as the passenger pigeon? Depending on your age, you or your kids or grandchildren may have only heard some of the following sounds in old movies, if at all.

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Going Nowhere: 10 Worst U.S. Cities for Traffic

Maybe Hawaii’s notorious ‘island time’ has more to do with traffic than anything else. Despite a new report indicating a 30 percent drop in traffic congestion across the U.S., drivers in Honolulu still waste 58 hours each year sitting in their cars. The study was produced by INRIX, a company devoted to traffic information and apps, which analyzed the data from some 100 million GPS-equipped commercial and passenger vehicles, traveling on an estimated 300,000 miles of roads. According to the study, drivers in America’s 10 worst traffic cities will sit idle more than 40 hours a year, on average — with Honolulu, Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York leading the way for slow going.

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11 Dishes You Should NEVER Order on a First Date

When it comes to dining with people that aren’t our coworkers, we try to be as nonjudgmental as possible (well…sometimes). But when we’re going on a dinner date with someone, we can’t help it. Who knows—this could be our future spouse, and we couldn’t imagine spending the rest of our lives with someone who only orders boneless chicken breast and salad at restaurants (not that there’s anything inherently wrong with that). And if first impressions are as important as they’re said to be, what you order speaks volumes about who you are. Plus, there are just some things—for sex appeal’s sake—you shouldn’t touch when you’re trying to seal the deal.

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6 Ways to Never Pay an ATM Fee Again

It’s midnight and you’re about to close the bill at the local Italian eatery when you’re suddenly reminded: It’s cash only. Slightly embarrassed (and very annoyed), you desperately rush outside, squinting in the dark to find those three letters that should hopefully relieve you from dishwashing duty back at the restaurant. You see it in neon light: A-T-M. Ah, but this transaction will cost you - probably around $3.50, including your bank’s non-network ATM fee and the ATM’s own surcharge. While you shrug it off because you’re in a bind, let’s be honest: This isn’t the first time that week you’ve paid up for withdrawing money. A closer look and you see you’ve spent close to $10 on ATM fees over the last 7 days. In a year, that’s more than $500. The pain sets in.

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America's 8 Most Diet-busting French Fries Revealed

Whether loaded with chili and cheese, or served simply with lashings of salt, the humble french fry is undoubtedly America's favourite deep-fried treat. But knowing where to order the popular snack can make all the difference to your waistline, as a new book reveals that servings can vary wildly in terms of fat and calorie content. Researchers for Eat This, Not That! 2013: The No-Diet Weight Loss Solution found that one portion can differ by as many as 1,200 calories. McDonald's french fries were surprisingly among the healthiest on offer at 230 calories and 11g of fat per small serving, however a plate of Chili's Texas Cheese Fries with Chili and Ranch is a serious diet-buster at 2,150 calories, with a staggering 144g of fat and 6,080mg sodium.

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