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Here’s How Much of Your Life You’ll Spend Binge-Watching These Popular Shows

Planning a '24' marathon? That will take 6 days and 2 hours, according to this Nielsen infographic

Do you have that one friend who’s always telling you that you just have to watch The Wire? Feeling out of the cultural loop because you still haven’t seen Breaking Bad? Well, the folks over at Nielson TOPTEN crunched the numbers to determine just how much time it will take to marathon those and other popular TV shows.

So, allow this handy little guide to help you determine which shows to add to your Netflix lineup. If you don’t have a lot of time on your hands right now, you might want to push 24 and The West Wing down to the bottom of your queue.

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The Rise of High-Tech Board Games and Other Fascinating News on the Web

May 6, 2014

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1. Getting Off

You’d think that tatters of shredded board games would be buried in a heaping landfill of the barely recognizable parts of industries, businesses, and people disintermediated, rendered obsolete, or just plain squashed by the Internet. But it turns out that people often use technology to get themselves back offline. Last year, more Kickstarter money was raised for tabletop games than for video games. Sales at hobby stores have risen significantly over the past three years. And game creators are using technology to get games from their brains to your kitchen table faster than ever. From NYT’s Nick Wingfield: High-Tech Push Has Board Games Rolling Again.

2. Present, Tense

“For a long time we have perceived climate change as an issue that’s distant, affecting just polar bears or something that matters to our kids. This shows it’s not just in the future; it matters today.” The latest U.S. Climate Report confirms what we already know. Climate change is happening, and the impact is already severe.

+ Vox: Nine maps that show how climate change is already affecting the US.

+ MoJo: 7 scary facts about how global warming is scorching the United States.

3. The Missing

“The girls in the school dorm heard the sound of gunshots from a nearby town. So when armed men in uniforms burst in and promised to rescue them, at first they were relieved.” With the help of a student who escaped, AP’s Michelle Faul pieces together the anatomy of a kidnapping.

+ The kidnapping of Nigerian schoolgirls is getting a lot of international attention. But it took awhile. The kidnapping happened about three weeks ago. And the group behind the crime, Boko Haram, has been operating for about a decade. From NPR: Boko Haram’s local fight suddenly gets international scrutiny.

+ The U.S. is sending in experts to help locate and free the girls.

4. What You Get Out of Getting In

According to a new survey, getting into that elite college doesn’t necessarily mean you’ll be a happier person later in life. But then again, neither does anything else.

5. Game of Phones

“Upon getting word that investigators were outside, employees at the plant began destroying documents and switching computers, replacing the ones that were being used — and might have damaging material on them — with others.” Vanity Fair’s Kurt Eichenwald on Apple, Samsung, and the Great Smartphone War.

6. Down and Out in Beverly Hills

Brunei’s Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah just began rolling out Sharia law. So celebrities and many others have announced a boycott of his hotels, including the Beverly Hills Hotel and Hotel Bel-Air.

+ The Daily Beast: How the Sultan of Brunei violated his Sharia law with me.

7. The Seen

“Someone points out something and suddenly a secondary interpretation of an image appears. There’s something a little scary about this process, even when the images are harmless. We have a flash of insight and a new pattern is revealed hiding within the world we thought we knew. It surprises us.” The Atlantic’s Alexis Madrigal on the things you cannot unsee (and what that says about your brain).

+ Did you happen to see the face of Jesus on a piece of toast? Don’t worry, that’s perfectly normal. (I tend to see Moses, but maybe that’s because I usually eat rye.)

8. The Blue Period

“I was also possibly the first person whose global humiliation was driven by the Internet.” Monica Lewinsky says “it’s time to burn the beret and bury the blue dress.” It’s also time for her book. Maybe, after all these years, we’ll finally learn what the meaning of “is” is.

9. These Kids Today

“It was, in other words, a sharp reversion to the banality of yore.” In Believer Magazine Anne Helen Petersen provides a detailed and interesting overview of the banality of the celebrity profile, and how it got that way.

+ Why would you teach a class on Miley Cyrus?

10. The Bottom of the News

The Washington Post tries to explain what it’s like to be 100 years old, in 10 charts. (Get up to pee every three charts, then you’ll know what it’s like…)

+ All politicians are not useless. Oregon Governor John Kitzhaber got out of his car to give a woman CPR. (He once left the stage during a debate to help someone in need.)

+ A new app enables San Francisco drivers to auction off their current parking spot to the highest bidder. (Mike Judge will never run out of material.)

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TIME

WATCH: Man Followed by Adorable Entourage of Ducklings

Make way.

The Entourage movie is still being hatched somewhere in Hollywood, but this man’s all-duckling entourage is already out in the world, ready to play, and way cuter than Vince, Eric, Turtle or Drama.

An unnamed Good Samaritan stepped in when a mother duck was killed, rescuing her 13 eggs and keeping them warm in an incubator until they hatched. When the brand-new ducklings emerged from their shells, they imprinted on the man and claimed him as their parent.

Now the 13 ducklings stick close to their ersatz parent, following him everywhere he goes. As the ducklings grow older, they will start to follow him less and less, until they become fully independent. Just like in the last season of Entourage.

MORE: WATCH: Dog and Disabled Kitten Play Like Best Friends

MORE: Inmates Train Dogs to Be Service Animals for Autistic Children

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These Scientists Want to Breed Animals That Can Survive Climate Change

New breeds won't fry as quickly, researchers hope.

Scientists at the University of Delaware are working to breed more heat-resistant chickens to better survive climate change, specifically at the African naked-neck chicken. The bird’s lack of neck feathers helps keep it cool — a model for what it might take for an animal to thrive in higher temperatures. Theoretically, incorporating some of the characteristics of the African chicken in U.S. breeds could create a more adaptable bird—and more food in the long run.

“We have to start now to anticipate what changes we have to make in order to feed 9 billion people,” Carl Schmidt, one of the researchers, told the Los Angeles Times. According to Schmidt, the hardier chickens could begin to be mass-produced within 15 years. As America warms up, they’ll certainly be useful, but the new animals are also relevant in the short-term for small-scale farming in Africa.

The experiment is one of the first attempts to kickstart evolution’s reaction to the climate catastrophe we find ourselves in. Too bad humans aren’t changing quite as quickly.

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Jay Z Pretending to Propose to Beyoncé Proves They’re the World’s Cutest Couple

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Jay Z and Beyoncé attend the 'Charles James: Beyond Fashion' Costume Institute Gala at the Metropolitan Museum of Art on May 5, 2014 in New York City. Jamie McCarthy / FilmMagic / Getty Images

The sweetest moment at this year's Met Gala

While Beyoncé was making her way down the red carpet at the annual Met Gala Monday night, one of her rings fell off her finger. Luckily, her devoted husband Jay Z located it and knelt down to retrieve it. Then he slipped the ring onto Bey’s finger in a mock proposal, much to the delight of the many photographers hovering nearby.

Everyone loved this gesture, because it was Jay Z literally putting a ring on it! And also because it was adorable and proved once again that Jay and Bey are the most perfect, gorgeous, wonderful couple. And if you disagree, you might want to keep it to yourself, or else the Beygency will come after you.

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This Twitter Account Tells You What Clothes Your Favorite TV Stars Are Wearing

You can now dress just like Jess on New Girl, thanks to this Twitter account.

With the rise of big-budget television, we’ve also entered a renaissance of TV fashion. Seinfeld no more—on screen, TV characters are outfitted in cutting-edge clothes from iconic fashion brands. But short of pushing one of those weird shop-on-your-TV buttons, how are we supposed to find out which Scandal character is wearing what? That’s where Style on Screen comes in.

The Twitter account and website dissects what stars are wearing on-screen (or at the Met Gala, as the case may be) and posts it so non-celebrities can get a leg up on copying the looks. PR companies and stylists help identify the items, but “we also work with a fantastic community of style spotters who love to help people find outfits,” Style on Screen founder Kingsley Maunder told The Daily Dot.

The service also offers alternatives when the clothing that appears on TV is sold out in stores. But if you want to find that Mickey Mouse sweater that Pharrell recently wore on The Voice (it’s Opening Ceremony, by the way), then you’re all set. There’s also an entire section of looks from New Girl, from blazers to dresses and even pajamas. If you start buying up all of Jess’s wardrobe, you might get some strange looks, however.

Style on Screen’s Twitter account takes personal requests with alacrity, so if you have an inquiry feel free to tweet it out. Looking for the suits that show up on Mad Men might take a little more time.

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Listen to Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty” Performed in 20 Different Musical Styles

From Ray Charles to Bone Thugs-n-Harmony to Josh Groban

The artist who very impressively recorded Katy Perry’s “Dark Horse” in the style of 20 very different musicians is back (with a brand new invention).

This time, musician Anthony Vincent has taken a stab at Jason Derulo’s “Talk Dirty,” recording the hit song, once again, in 20 different styles. He begins with the original Jason Derulo version then seamlessly transitions to the Bee Gees, Barry White, Muse and more. He even busts out some Spanish when he sings in the style of Aventura.

Vincent neglected a barbershop version, but luckily, Jimmy Fallon and Kevin Spacey already have that one covered:

 

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Artist Uses Trash to Make Houses for the Homeless

One of ten shelters on wheels built by Gregory Kloehn and the Homeless Homes Project in Oakland, California Brian J. Reynolds

A California artist is giving away stylish shelters on wheels so those in need can feel a little safer -- and warmer -- sleeping on the streets

Pint-sized shelters designed for people who could otherwise afford much larger abodes have captured the imagination of architects across the globe. Now one artist and builder, Gregory Kloehn of Oakland, Calif., is using his creative know-how to make cozy, colorful homes for people who would otherwise sleep on the street. Using salvaged materials he finds in the trash, Kloehn’s Homeless Homes Project has built 10 mobile shelters to date.

Each home is made from items found on the street, pallets, doors, refrigerator parts, paint, etc…. The only cost to me is screws, nails, glue and the gas it takes me to drive around Oakland and find the stuff on the street. I guesstimate each home to have $30-$50 US dollars in my cost,” Kloehn explains on his Facebook page. Built with a team of volunteers, the homes are then donated to those in need, sometimes with a bottle of champagne included.

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The micro homes’ floors are typically made of wooden pallets and some are insulated with pizza delivery bags. Each structure has enough room to sleep in, windows, shelves, a door and basic amenities like a mirror and cup holder. One even has a space for a pet carrier and small grill.

The results are anything but trashy. Painted vibrant yellows, greens, oranges and pinks, the shelters on wheels — which have no electrical outlets or running water — are made to be easily transportable in case an owner decides to relocate.

See more of Kloehn’s ingenious mobile homes here.

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This Exists: There’s a Draft for Prom Dates

Yet another high school popularity contest.

The first round of the 2014 NFL Draft starts this week, but the prom date draft is already well under way at a southern California high school.

Male students at Corona del Mar High School in Newport Beach, Calif., choose their prom dates through a draft, and the results have been shared on Twitter, along with a rulebook for the exercise, the Orange County Register reports: “One tweet posted by the senior class Twitter account joked the day before Thursday’s draft that ‘Many drafters on the prowl tomorrow for #freeagents so dress nice ladies.’”

The newspaper says parents and administrators are concerned that the draft, which is not an official school function, objectifies women.

It’s the latest prom date ask to go viral, from popping the question in a note that looks like an acceptance letter from the Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, to a reenactment of the iconic LIFE photo of a sailor kissing a nurse in the middle of Times Square on V-J Day.

LIST: Here Are The 10 Best “Promposals”

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Watch Bryan Cranston Try to Casually Slip “Badonkadonk” into a Conversation with Jimmy Fallon

It's part of a word game he played on The Tonight Show last night, but he doesn't seem to know what it means.

Last night, Breaking Bad star Bryan Cranston stopped by the Tonight Show to chat with host Jimmy Fallon about his starring role in the upcoming Godzilla movie. But instead of having a boring old regular conversation, Fallon decided to play a game called “Word Sneak” that required them to slip random words into the conversation as seamlessly as possible. As you can imagine, things got real silly real fast.

Cranston does a pretty good job overall, aside from the fact that he apparently has no idea what the word “badonkadonk” means — slang for female buttocks, in case you were wondering, too.

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