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25 Drunkest Cities 2012

Tis the season for champagne, winter ale, and eggnog. The end-of-the-year celebrations bring plenty of opportunities to indulge in alcohol, but in some parts of the country drinking is more of a everyday affair. To figure out which cities imbibe the most throughout the year, The Daily Beast first reached out to market researcher Experian Marketing Services for recent data on the average number of alcoholic drinks per month per adult, in each metro area. As well, we pulled data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention on the percentage of residents who are binge drinkers and heavy drinkers. For the final ranking, the average drinks per month rank was weighted 50 percent; the binge-drinking and the heavy-drinking population for each metro area each got a 25 percent weighting.

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10 Reasons Why So Many People Are Moving To Texas

Every way you look at it, there are a lot of people moving to Texas. Five of the 10 fastest-growing cities in the country between 2011 and 2012 were in Texas, according to new figures from the US Census Bureau. New York is way out in front in terms of added population, but Houston is second with San Antonio and Austin fourth and fifth. In terms of percentage growth, it's even more Texas, Texas, Texas. Among the five cities that grew most, as a proportion of their size, between 2011 and 2012, three are Texan. San Marcos is out in front with the highest rate of growth among all US cities and towns - 4.9%. Some of this Texan population boom is due to a natural increase - more births than deaths - but the numbers moving into the state from elsewhere in the US and from abroad far outstrip every other American state. Why?

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10 Strange Facts About Hamburgers

There is nothing more American than a hamburger (despite being named after a city in Germany). A fast-food staple, the burger has enjoyed a renaissance of late, being embraced by celebrity chefs like Bobby Flay, who recently began opening Bobby’s Burger Palace restaurants throughout the northeastern US. And why shouldn’t the hamburger be a big deal? It’s delicious.

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Top 10 Abused Prescription Drugs

Nowadays, more so than ever before, getting high doesn’t have to involve a trip to the projects to ask a sketchy man on the sidewalk for drugs. It can be as simple as opening up the medicine cabinet and eating two or three pills. With medicine being abused so rampantly, I believe it is beneficial for parents and friends alike to be aware of what prescription drugs can be abused, and just what these substances do to one’s body.

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5 Numbers That Influence Our Life In Unexpected Ways

From counting out the exact change for a coffee cup to planning a retirement fund, numbers influence almost every aspect of one’s life. However, numbers have a much deeper influence on the world around us, often in ways that we don’t even realize. A mathematical constant determines what we find beautiful and a number decides how many friends we have; mathematics is written into our genes and here are just a few of the fascinating ways it changes our lives.

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Top 10 Mechanic Scams

We have a lot of respect for competent, honest, highly skilled auto technicians. Working on modern vehicles demands unprecedented talent and training, and an advanced computer science degree doesn’t hurt either. Have you looked under the hood of a car lately? A career at NASA could be a stepping stone to diagnosing some automotive issues. Then there are the shysters that perpetuate stereotypes. They know all the old mechanic scams and routinely sell premature or unnecessary parts and services. It’s bad enough they bleed you for extra money wherever they can, but they’re also screwing with your ride. Whether that’s by design or incompetence, you could face more repairs, a breakdown or even a wreck.

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60 Excellent Recipe Links for the Lactose Intolerant

Lactose intolerance, sensitivity or allergy — as with all dietary restrictions, really — certainly provides a challenge to those diagnosed with the condition. And, by extension, the family and friends with whom they share meals. Eating out particularly poses problems, as the lactose intolerant don't always know exactly how every ingredient they consume was processed. Fortunately, literally thousands of recipes exist for people needing to avoid dairy. Many of them even closely replicate the flavors and textures of favorite dishes now off-limits. The following 60 may not represent even a fraction of the options posted online for DIY types eager to whip up dairy-free delights. But they do showcase a sliver of the ethnic, flavor, texture and ingredient diversity available.

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The 6 Most Bizarre Things Ever Discovered in Space

Humanity has been looking out into space for thousands of years, and the most important thing we've discovered over that time is that everything is crazy weird out there, and it just keeps getting weirder. Here are some of the more baffling and often terrifying things that astronomers have found in recent years.

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Top Ten Deadliest Earthquakes

The earthquake in Haiti at Port-Au-Prince this year has been a shock to the entire world. In a brief moment, the entire city found itself a shambles and over 230,000 people lost their lives. The rebuilding efforts will likely take years but the human toll is unimaginable. Earthquakes are incredibly destructive in their ability to take both life and property. Although epidemics have claimed more lives overall, earthquakes have cut a greater swath of damage on this planet than any other natural disaster. Of the ten deadliest natural disasters of all time, six are earthquakes claiming a staggering total of over 2 million deaths. Despite the incredible losses, the earthquake in Haiti was not the largest earthquake in history. In fact, looking over meticulous records kept over the past two thousand years, Haiti pales in comparison to some of the historical death counts. It is important to note–at least keeping things in perspective–that the 2010 Haiti earthquake is, sadly, in the top ten of the deadliest natural disasters of all time.

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7 Awe-Inspiring Aircraft Hangars

When they aren't in the air, defying gravity and flying human beings across the globe for various reasons, aircraft are usually housed in hangars — gigantic structures built in order to protect these incredibly expensive modes of transport from the elements when not in use and/or to offer a covered space for their production, maintenance and repair. Given their size, many aircraft hangars are stunning pieces of engineering themselves, whilst others are simply fascinating for different reasons.

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The 7 Deadly Sins of Concealed Carry: Using the Wrong Ammo

I had a lot of fun with the “Seven Deadly Sins of Handgun Shooting” series a couple of months ago, and hope you did too. I got to thinking about other sins—yeah, I know, thinking can hurt your brain—and it occurred to me that there are plenty of deadly sins when it comes to concealed carry. There are way more than seven, but as “Seven Deadly Sins” is kind of a thing, I’ll pick out seven interesting, and relevant, ones. Ready? Let’s get started. If you’ve ever seen a Wallace and Gromit movie, then you know that The Wrong Trousers can get you in a lot of trouble. So can the wrong ammunition. Using inappropriate ammo can ruin not only your life, but someone else’s too.

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The 13 Richest Dictators in the World

Rumor has it that Teodorin Obiang Nguema, the son of the president of Equatorial Guinea Teodoro Obiang Nguema has recently bought a $380 million yacht, which is almost three times the amount this country secludes for public healthcare and education. This luxury yacht has cinema, pool and a restaurant. Although this number may seem high, it is - just like president Obiang Nguema's wealth - hardly a breeze when compared with fortunes the other rich dictators from this list posses.

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