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15 Best Knock-Off Brands Ever

We’ve all come across knock-off products, whether in a seedy market abroad or somewhere a lot closer to home. Remembering this, the following 15 products gave us a giggle – in some cases, because we couldn’t believe how awful they are. Yet besides enjoying the ingenuity of these copycats, we’ll also delve into some of the facts behind knock-offs: where they come from, who buys them, and how they affect the real thing. From Obama Fried Chicken to Crust toothpaste, these are the cream of the counterfeit crop.

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10 Pieces of British Slang I’d Like to See Adopted in America

I watch a lot of British television. My wife just watched all of Downton Abbey in about a day, and I love Doctor Who so much that we named our daughter Amelia. We’re two cultures separated by a common language, but the more British television I watch, the more envious I’ve become of some of their slang terms, and I’d like to see some of them adopted into American English so I can use them without sounding like a jerk who’s just been watching too much BBC. Clearly, not all of these will catch on overnight here in the States, but I think if we all put a little effort into it, we can make this happen. You might not agree with all my choices, but I’ll explain my reasons for each one. Hear me out, won’t you, mates?

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20 Unholy Recipes: Dishes So Awful We Had to Make Them

After about a year of perusing old-school cookbooks looking for weird recipes and spotting bizarre trends (hot dogs + eggs, inside a Jell-O mold) from the '50s, food blogger Robin Wheeler compiled her twenty most stomach-turning concoctions. (Do not view this list before lunch. Jeez, or maybe after lunch either. Either way, consider yourself warned.) We've presented those twenty worst below as a warning to enthusiastic cooks out there: Creativity isn't always a good thing, and in relation to high-quality food porn photos, please consider these pictures the equivalent of a snuff film. Now, on with the countdown!

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10 Unusual Animal Senses

The only way we know the world is via our senses. Therefore the senses that we have are fundamental to our thinking and understanding. Children are often told they have five senses but in reality humans have at least nine and perhaps many more, depending on our definition of sense. The animal world puts humans to shame though. Some animals have senses humans also possess, but to a far higher acuity, or sense the world in entirely different ways. Here are ten of the most interesting senses of the animal kingdom.

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45 Life Lessons Written by a 90-Year-Old Woman

People often tell Regina Brett how great she looks for her age. Turns out, she is actually 54 years old — not 90. She wrote down these life lessons the night before her 45th birthday after being diagnosed with breast cancer. Over that past decade, these lessons have gone viral on the Internet amid claims that she is 90 years old. Luckily, she finds humor in this misrepresentation, knowing how many lives she has touched.

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The 12 Worst Colleges For Free Speech In 2012

Free exchange of ideas is the lifeblood of any university, and for the second year in a row my organization, the Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE), presents its list of the worst colleges and universities for freedom of speech. Many of the 12 are repeat offenders for refusing to undo serious punishments of what should be clearly protected speech on campus, while others are new additions that have shown particular hostility to student criticism and, in one case, limiting free speech to a tiny zone on campus. Also bound to raise a buzz, Yale and Harvard, two of the most iconic colleges in the country, top the list for disappointing but ongoing retrenchment against the principles that are supposed to animate higher education.

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10 Things You Didn't Know About Books You Read In High School

This is a guest post by our current Rioter in Residence, Kevin Smokler. Kevin is the author of forthcoming essay collection Practical Classics: 50 Reasons to Reread 50 Books you Haven’t Touched Since High School (Prometheus Books, Feb. 2013) and the editor of Bookmark Now: Writing in Unreaderly Times, A San Francisco Chronicle Notable Book of 2005. His work has appeared in the LA Times, Fast Company, Paid Content, The San Francisco Chronicle, Publishers Weekly and on National Public Radio.

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These Are The 12 Preppiest Colleges In America

Remember when “preppy” was an insult? I sure don’t. That was from our parents’ generation–the hippies born after the Baby Boom who decided it was solidly uncool to, you know, wear pastels, care about their appearance, join a fraternity, or do anything that was seen to be part of “the establishment.” Thankfully for us, preppy is once again back in style, and boys remembered how to dress. We’ve come a long way since Cher Horowitz’s era of greasy hair and baggy pants.

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2009's Year In Sex, The Top Ten Sex Scandals

From Josh Duhamel to cheating on Fergie with strippers, to David Letterman's employee sex acts, to Tiger Woods infamous sex obsessions... who do you think is number one? You'll be surprised to even remember some of the other's mentioned.

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13 Examples Of People Being Awesome After The Attack On The Boston Marathon

Despite all of the horror, fear, and loss in the aftermath of the Boston Marathon bombings, people have responded with bravery. Many people who finished the marathon after the bombings just kept on running to area hospitals to see if they could donate blood or otherwise help. We've found the tweets, images, and stories that document some of the amazing responses to the tragedy.

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30 Celebs Who Are Aging Gracefully

It's hardly an original observation, but we live in a youth-obsessed culture. And nowhere is that more apparent than in Tinseltown, where many famous faces look frozen in time. But not every celeb succumbs to the prevailing "pro-youth" pressures. The music and entertainment businesses can, in fact, be excellent places to look for examples of men and women who are reaching out and wrapping their arms around the aging process -- embracing it with enthusiasm and grace. Here are 30 celebs we think are acing the aging-well game -- whether with a positive attitude, a particular healthy habit or simply wearing wrinkles with pride. Think we left any off the list? Let us know!

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5 Stylish iPhone Alarm Clock Apps to Wake You Up On Time

Although the iPhone’s alarm clock is functional, it has limited features. If you use your phone to wake up in the morning instead of a standalone device, then you’ll want to get the most out of it. There are a large number of alarm clock apps available in the App Store, but, almost unbelievably, not all of them work, and some of them are downright duds. We’ve tried and tested five great alarm clocks apps for the iPhone and iPod touch that can’t make getting out of bed any easier, but at least you’ll be woken (fingers crossed) in a way of your own choosing.

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