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The 9 Funniest Comedians to Die in Their Prime

It takes a true talent to manufacture a laugh out of a buzz kill. Like death: if you go too far, it’s seen as insensitive; don’t go far enough and you’re too sensitive (i.e. the emergence of the “too soon” joke that we all like to make). Many a comic has been booed off a stage before his set is up (in this metaphor, “booing” is dying and “the end of the set” is death…try and keep up). Too many comics have bit the big one before we, and they, were ready for them to die.

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7 Things You Never Knew About Pac-Man

Toru Iwatani, the creator of Pac-Man, spoke to a crowded room at GDC 2011 about the development of the hugely popular and influential arcade game from 1980. With a binder containing the actual graph paper design documents in hand, Mr. Iwatani regaled a packed room with the somewhat goofy origin story of Pac-Man. Here are some highlights from his speech.

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8 Characters You Won't Believe Are Based on Real People

Some characters are so bizarre, improbable, or flat-out impossible that you have to wonder how their creators ever came up with them. In a surprising amount of cases, the answer is that they didn't: They just copied a real person and called it a day. The Coen brothers have a habit of putting real people in their movies, then being hailed as geniuses for creating them. The Dude, for example, is inspired by their friend Jeff Dowd, and by "inspired" we mean "it's the same guy." The main difference is that Dowd actually has a job (he's a film producer), but the Dude's personality, drink of choice, nickname, and even biography (some parts, anyway) are all borrowed from Dowd. In the movie, the Dude mentions that he was a member of the Seattle Seven, a group of political activists who were arrested in 1970 -- in real life, that was Dowd.

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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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10 Things You Should Never Say To Your Music Teacher

We teachers hear lots of different things from our students throughout the day. Some of it brings a big smile to our faces, some of it warms our hearts, and some of it reaffirms why we became teachers. This post is not about those things.

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10 Expenses You May Think You Can Deduct On Your Taxes, But Can't

At tax time, there is plenty of advice out there about how to maximize income tax deductions. With so much publicity focusing on what you can properly deduct, it's easy to think that almost anything you spend money on during the year can be a potential tax deduction. Not so fast. That type of thinking can get you into some pretty hot water with the IRS. Below is a list of expenses that might seem as if they should be deductible on your tax return -- but really aren't.

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8 Foods That Disrupt Sleep

An estimated 50 to 70 million adults in the United States suffer from sleeplessness. If you’re one of them, what you eat before bedtime could be keeping you awake at night and groggy during the day. Find out which foods you should avoid at least three hours before getting in bed, so you can get all the Zzz’s you need to feel rested and restored.

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5 Worst Winter Weather Cities

The idea of perfect weather is as crazy as the idea of a perfect world or a perfect anything. One person’s ideal weather is another’s worst day. The funny thing about weather is that some people enjoy what most of us consider the worst weather—snowstorms, tornadoes, hurricanes—we’ve had people ask us where to move to for the best place to see tornadoes, believe it or not. To help us answer the question of ìperfectî weather, we polled our Facebook fans. The consensus seemed to be for clear blue skies, low humidity, temperatures around 75°F, and a light wind. Yet others said snow and lots of it. So instead of picking perfect weather we’re picking far-from-perfect or “worst” weather.

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5 airplane hotels you have to stay in

If we know anything about airplanes, it's that they're incredibly comfortable to sleep aboard. That being the case, it's only natural that a number of decommissioned airliners would find their way into retirement service as modern-day hotels. Here are five from around the world that're worth flying to.

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19 Funny and Confusing Car Accidents

In a world of fast cars and distracted drivers, sometimes accidents occur. And sometimes, it's really hard to figure out how in the world they happened. Here's a few funny and confusing accidents to scratch your head over.

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5 Best Cities To Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day

If you’re Irish or not – St. Patrick’s Day is really just a fun excuse to get dressed in all green, praise a leprechaun and drink green beer. Americans love themed holidays and these five U.S. cities take the prize for best St. Patrick’s Day celebrations in the country. San Francisco is a party city in itself – but when in comes to St. Patrick’s Day, you can expect them to go all out. A traditional parade that dates back to 1852 is just the beginning. Visitors and locals can pick basically any bar in the city for a good time.

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The 10 Funniest Movie Credits Of All Time

No matter how you dice it, watching actors screw up and laugh uncontrollably is extremely funny. In some instances the movie outtakes/credits sequences are actually funnier than the movie itself. With attention spans where they are today, I think it's time for Hollywood release a movie that's only the credit outtake sequences because I bet they'd be pleasantly surprised with the box-office results.

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