1. Entertainment

    The Idiot’s Guide to Smart People Will Help You Understand Smart People, Even If You’re a Smart Person

    If you're desperately reading this site in order to understand the geek in your life, aww, that's adorable. You must really care. Well, today you're in luck, because the people at Above Average, who brought us Thingstarter, have a new series called The Idiot's Guide to Smart People that will help you understand why smart people act so strangely.

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  2. Weird

    Now That The Government’s Shut Down, Here’s What’s Still Currently Running

    If you live in the United States and you're reading this right now, then you currently have no government. But that doesn't mean there's going to be panic in the streets (although there probably should be). Here what will still be up and running, just in case you were getting any ideas about starting a revolution or something.

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  3. Weird

    Is This The Best Political Ad Ever? Yes, Yes It Is [Video]

    Jeffrey Alan Wagner is running for mayor of Minneapolis in an upcoming election. He promises that if he wins, he won't go to the strip club anymore. He also seems to live in a lake. Mayor is too small for this man -- let's elect him president.

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  4. Weird

    Meanwhile in Russia: Putin-Backed Mayoral Candidate Puts Pictures of Emilia Clarke On Anti-Rape Posters

    We know very little about Russian politics, but the phrase "Russian politics" alone make us feel like there's probably something sketchy going on. Game of Thrones actress Emilia Clarke probably thinks so, too, because her photo and likeness were used without permission for a anti-rape campaign poster there. Whoops?

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  5. Tech

    Twitter Forms Political Action Committee, Will They Lobby 140 Characters at a Time?

    Twitter has growing influence is a lot of areas including tech, entertainment, and ways to find out what Mr. T is doing. They'd like a little more clout in the political arena, so the company has formed the Twitter#PAC political action committee, and registered their first congressional lobbyist. #Politics

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  6. Weird

    City Council Meetings Have Never Looked As Exciting As They Do In This Ad

    Most of you have probably never had cause to summon the sheer force of will required to sit through your average city council meeting. Or maybe you did, but you used it for a worthy cause, like rescuing yourself from being stranded in an arctic wilderness. Congratulations. You probably didn't use that willpower to actually sit through a city council meeting, because there are only three kinds of people who do that: City council members, harried reporters, and the deeply, profoundly insane. Of those three, only the latter group can be counted on to be awake from gavel to gavel. But man, the city council of Whitehorse in the Candian Yukon has done its level best to make their council meetings look interesting, and between a combination of tension inducing cinematography and a nail-biting soundtrack, they've almost succeeded.

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  7. Tech

    Checkmate, Atheists! Reddit Updates Default Subreddits, Gives Politics and Atheism the Boot

    It's happening! Reddit is finally doing some spring cleaning and changing their line-up of default subreddits for the first time since October 2011. Better yet, they're removing two of the most drama-filled, off-putting, controversial areas on the whole site: /r/politics and /r/atheism. It's a brave new world, ladies and gentlemen. Well, mostly gentlemen according to Reddit demographics.

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  8. Weird

    Teacher-Turned-Congressman Grades GOP Letter to House Speaker, Posts It to Tumblr for Your Enjoyment

    As much as high school sucked for basically everyone, there are some things about the state of the real adult world that could probably be improved by a little more of the discipline that only an overworked teacher can provide. Former high school teacher Representative Mark Takano (D-CA) decided that maybe the Republican-drafted letter about immigration that was circulating around the floor of the House might benefit from some edits and creative criticism, so he graded it and posted the results to his Tumblr. Unsurprisingly, Takano feels the work needs some serious revisions.

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  9. Tech

    Texas Senate Forgets Screen Caps Are a Thing, Tries to Rewrite History

    Did you miss last night's monumental Texas state senate filibuster debacle? Because the Internet didn't. Over 160,000 people tuned into a single Youtube livestream to watch the debacle that raged on in the Texas senate over a bill that would have wreaked havoc on abortion centers and reproductive health clinics in the state. Of course, that didn't stop GOP Senators from attempting to manipulate the senate record into reflecting the exact opposite of what actually happened. Silly senators. Don't you know by now that you can't pull one over on the Internet? And that those who tried will be publicly lashed for their troubles? Well, I suppose you do now.

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  10. Weird

    Kangaroo Attacks Australian Politician, Fails to Make Clear Just What He’s Protesting

    In an embarrassing turn of events, an Australian politician was injured during a run-in with a kangaroo. While the kangaroo that attacked Canberra politician Shane Rattenbury was reportedly just spooked by its unexpected encounter with a human, we can't help but wonder if the menacing marsupial didn't have loftier political goals in mind.

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  11. Tech

    North Carolina Moves Towards Banning Sale of Tesla Cars, Because…Yeah, We Can’t Figure It Out Either

    If you live in North Carolina and want to buy an electric car from Tesla motors, here's hoping you already did that, because doing so stands to get a lot more difficult in short order. A bill moving through the state legislature there would make it illegal for Tesla -- or any other car manufacturer -- to sell cars directly to consumers in the state.

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  12. Weird

    New Hampshire Legislator Calls Women “vagina’s” in Email, Doesn’t Know How Apostrophes Work

    New Hampshire State Representative Peter Hansen feels strongly about a law in his state allowing homeowners to use deadly force remaining unchanged. He feels so passionately about not changing the law, in fact, that in an email rebuttal to a colleague's speech on the matter encouraging retreat, he made a statement that's been getting some attention, saying "What could possibly be missing from those factual tales of successful retreat in VT, Germany, and the bowels of Amsterdam? Why children and vagina’s of course." I don't know what about this story is more offensive --  referring to women as "vagina's," or putting an apostrophe in the wrong place while you're doing it.

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  13. Weird

    Florida Mayoral Candidate Plagued by Voodoo Curse, Because Florida

    I grew up near Chicago, and thus have an abiding respect for dirty, low-down, mudslinging politics. Every once in a while, though, the rest of the world proves that they can still teach the City of Broad Shoulders a thing or two about really ugly politics This week, it's Florida, where North Miami mayoral candidate Anna Pierre thinks that one of her opponents -- or their supporters -- is using voodoo rituals to try and sink her campaign.

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  14. Entertainment

    Julius Genachowski Steps Down As FCC Chair

    Look, no one expects being the chairman of any major government agency to be a walk in the park, but Julius Genachowski has had a notably turbulent run during his nearly five year long run as chairman of the FCC. Considering the time he's had, during which he's managed the impressive feat of earning the ire of both public interest groups and industry CEOs, it's not a surprise to see the often embattled chairman announce that he will step down in the coming weeks. The real question now is who will succeed him in what promises to be a thankless job.

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  15. Weird

    A Sign of the Times: Capitalism and Socialism Are 2012′s Most Searched Words

    The results are in! Merriam-Webster, after having looked at their aggregate word research data, have announced that the most looked-up words on their website for 2012 are "socialism" and "capitalism." Going by the knowledge that we're living in a tenuous economy that can go down the proverbial toilet at any given time, and the fact that they're the two most common buzzwords used by those fear-mongering talking heads on the nightly news, is it really a surprise that socialism and capitalism are the words of the year? Maybe not, but Merriam-Webster editor-at-large Peter Sokolowski has a pretty good hypothesis as to why people were eager to learn the meaning behind these feuding ideologies.

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