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Trick-or-Treat Toothbrushes? No Way! Halloween Heroes and Zeros

October 29, 2009
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Trick-or-Treat Toothbrushes? No Way! Halloween Heroes and Zeros

Halloween should be the most fun holiday of the year. The formula is easy: kids ask for candy, kids get candy. Adults go to parties, wear amusing or enchanting costumes. You slice up some squash, leave it on your porch with a candle in it. So why is it so easy to hijack Halloween?...
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Halloween Jack O’Lantern, Mug Style

October 10, 2012
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Halloween Jack O’Lantern, Mug Style

Hard to love anything as much as we do coffee. But Halloween comes close. And where the two meet? Here's our Mug 'O Lantern.
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We Try Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Chocolate (So You Don’t Have To)

June 21, 2013
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We Try Lily’s Stevia Sweetened Chocolate (So You Don’t Have To)

Stevia invades your specialty-store chocolate. How do the chocolate bars measure up?
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Caught! Meet Your Call Center Scammer

October 9, 2013
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Caught! Meet Your Call Center Scammer

Remember our Call Center Scammer friends, who call random households to try to prey on the weak and naive? Here's what they sound like.
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shaken

August 23, 2013
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shaken

The martini was sloshy and cold and essentially perfect.
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A Love Letter to ‘Suicide Squad’ by John Ostrander

June 5, 2013
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A Love Letter to ‘Suicide Squad’ by John Ostrander

John Ostrander's classic run still holds up. It's not so much seeing Captain Boomerang taking down a super-speedster; it's the fact that Boomerang kicks him over a cliff afterward that partly encapsulates the soul of the series.
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The Empty Track

May 29, 2013
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The Empty Track

A poem.
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Great Stuff from F. Scott Fitzgerald Beyond ‘Gatsby’

May 10, 2013
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Great Stuff from F. Scott Fitzgerald Beyond ‘Gatsby’

A few items from F. Scott Fitzgerald you might consider checking out if you haven't.
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Denny’s ‘New and Improved’ Coffee

February 14, 2013
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Denny’s ‘New and Improved’ Coffee

Alternate titles to this entry include: "When cardboard is a flavor profile" and "Free coffee not nearly worth what I paid."
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Zero Dark Thirty: A Thrilling Return to Form for Bigelow

January 18, 2013
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Zero Dark Thirty: A Thrilling Return to Form for Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow’s first feature film since her award-winning effort, "The Hurt Locker," returns to the Middle East-- but this time its focus is less the front lines and more the back rooms, the CIA operatives hunting for Osama bin Laden.
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