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The 14 Most Wasteful Pork Spending of 2011

Pork barrel spending, or the rush to grab as much government money as possible, has been a staple of Washington politics since even before the term was finally coined over a hundred years ago. Getting federal funds are a little bit like sharing an all-you-can-eat buffet with a pack of starving wolves. It may look like enough to go around, but if you don't eat fast, you aren't going to eat at all. There are many odd projects that get funding. Some of them, such as collecting toenail clippings in the mail, turn out to be legitimate scientific endeavors (in this case, the clippings were bio-samples used to assess people's risk of lung cancer). But some of them really do seem silly and wasteful. Read on for our picks of the most absurd examples of pork from 2011.

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You Won’t Believe These 9 Awful Films Made Over $100 Million

Wow. That was close. It appears that Jack and Jill, the Adam Sandler costume vehicle, won’t be making as much money as we all feared it would, having pulled in “only” $26 million over the weekend. Well, when you come that close to disaster, you want to really take stock of your life and evaluate, which is what we did by looking at some of the worst films to crack $100 million at the box office. Unfortunately, I could easily have made this list the “90 Worst Movies to Gross Over $100 Million” and the message wouldn’t have been diluted at all. There are some truly awful films out there that have made a lot of money. And we have no one to blame but ourselves. Studios aren’t really in the business of making good films, they’re in the business of making money. So until we hold off on paying for films unless they’re good (which will never, ever, ever happen), we are subsidizing more Pirates sequels and Fockers movies.

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11 Women Warriors of World War II

There are more stories of heroism out of World War II than can ever fit in a school textbook, but hundreds of those stories are written down somewhere for those who want to find them. Over 100 million military personnel participated in the war, including many women. Here are the stories of eleven of these brave women. They are from many countries, and they all did their part and more for the Allied effort. Read the full text here: --brought to you by mental_floss!

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10 of TV’s most Beloved Characters with Disabilities

Two crimefighters. A guy that lost a hand to a seal. A functional illiterate that writes a musical. The marksman with one eye and a tin mask. They’re all here on our list of TV’s most beloved characters with disabilities. Though he came home a hero, Harrow’s face was gruesomely disfigured while fighting in World War I. He wears a tin mask to cover the left side of his face, where he is badly scarred and missing an eye. There is a tenderness about him, which is odd since he excels as a marksman, and is basically a mercenary for Jimmy Darmody. But he exudes calm and loyalty even when it’s clear that he no longer wants to live.

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Top 5 Wars in Film You’d Love To Be In

Stanely Kubrick evocatively summarizes war in a single quote in his 1987 film, Full Metal Jacket. Private Joker (played by Matthew Modine) shares a Huey with a psychotic machine gunner who willingly guns down innocent women and children shouting, “Ain’t war hell?!” Since the 1960's, directors have opted to create distinctly anti-war pictures which illustrate the damning effects of war on the state and on the psychological stability of its soldiers. Conversely, these serious anti-war films have had to compete with the romantic, adventurous epics of war which were much more financially successful but did not fare as well critically. Any film critic worth his salt would most likely choose Apocalypse Now over Kelly’s Heroes or The Guns of Navarrone for its contemplation of the human condition in the wilderness setting of the Vietnam War. But this article does not examine the critical prowess or the authenticity of war in film. Far from it!

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The 16 Worst Failed Computers of All Time

Greetings. And welcome to. The Old PC Yard. There are. Bzzzzt. Numerous. Failures in PC history. We’ve isolated the. Worst 16. Around. We are certain that a smart human such as yourself. Will. Have strong opinions on this list. If TRUE, then replay in. Comments. If FALSE, have a. Nice day. Initiating countdown module in 5...4...3...2...

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10 Bloodiest Battles of World War II

From 1939 to 1945, the largest conflict the world has ever known raged on relentlessly. Beginning in Europe, before taking in Asia, Africa, America and the Pacific, World War Two saw over 60 million deaths and countless lives blighted. Bloodshed had never been seen on such a scale before. Even World War I — whose fatalities numbered 35 million — did not witness the same level of sheer destruction, meted out on all sides, throughout the early 1940s. What follows are the bloodiest battles of World War Two — a startling reminder, if one were needed, that war can indeed be hell.

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10 World Leaders Who Dropped Out of School

Often, and usually with good reason, educational achievements and a successful career go hand in hand. Common sense tells us that solid, untroubled schooling is the best means of carving out a place for oneself in life. This may well be the goal of the education system, but it is by no means the rule for those who pass through it. For some, their time at school did not constitute the “happiest days of their lives.” Indeed, a number of major historical figures — some famous, some infamous — managed to attain wealth, power and influence in spite, rather than because, of their schooling. Here, then, are our 10 world leaders who dropped out of school.

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10 Frightening Facts About Prescription Pain Pills

Prescription pain pills have changed the face of medicine in many good and bad ways. These powerful pills have helped many people manage their pain and increase their quality of life, yet the fact remains that painkillers have taken thousands of lives and are one of the most commonly abused and dangerous substances in the country. The rising mortality rates from prescription drug overdoses have now exceeded traffic fatalities, resulting in at least 37,485 deaths in 2009. This statistic is just one of many startling facts about prescription pain pills and the national epidemic they’ve caused.

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The 7 Greatest Betrayals in Videogame History

Betrayals are great plot motivators in video games. Or developers seem to think so, because at least one member of any given game’s cast inevitably just hangs around on your side long enough to crap in your salad. A lot of betrayals don’t make much sense. Or they come out of nowhere. Or worse still, they’re so predictable that they the only one surprised is the moron protagonist. But every once in a while, a game comes along and pens an act of duplicity so daring that it manages to shake the foundations of everything you thought you knew. Here are seven such moments.

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