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Population Count statistics have been moved to @PopulationCount as of right now. Hopefully there are enough checks in the code to make sure it doesn't go wacky again.

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Night Shift - Help, I set my white balance wrong and suddenly everyone is screaming at each other about whether they've been to Colorado. - Fri, 15 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Error Bars - effect size of 1.68 (95% CI: 1.56 (95% CI: 1.52 (95% CI: 1.504 (95% CI: 1.494 (95% CI: 1.488 (95% CI: 1.485 (95% CI: 1.482 (95% CI: 1.481 (95% CI: 1.4799 (95% CI: 1.4791 (95% CI: 1.4784... - Mon, 11 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Invisible Formatting - To avoid errors like this, we render all text and pipe it through OCR before processing, fixing a handful of irregular bugs by burying them beneath a smooth, uniform layer of bugs. - Fri, 08 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Carbonated Beverage Language Map - There's one person in Missouri who says "carbo bev" who the entire rest of the country HATES. - Wed, 06 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Launch Risk - Don't worry--you're less likely to die from a space launch than from a shark attack. The survival rate is pretty high for both! - Mon, 04 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Sharing Options - How about posts that are public, but every time a company accesses a bunch of them, the API makes their CEO's account click 'like' on one of them at random so you get a notification. - Fri, 01 Feb 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Modern OSI Model - In retrospect, I shouldn't have used each layer of the OSI model as one of my horcruxes. - Wed, 30 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Biff Tannen - I can't help myself; now I want to read a bunch of thinkpieces from newspapers in Biff's 1985 arguing over whether the growth of the region into a corporate dystopia was inevitable. - Mon, 28 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Mattresses - After reading that "The War To Sell You A Mattress Is An Internet Nightmare" article, I've decided it's safer and less complicated to just sleep on the floor. DISCLOSURE: THE AUTHOR OF THIS MOUSEOVER TEXT RECEIVED FINANCIAL COMPENSATION FROM THE FLOOR INDUSTRY FOR THIS MESSAGE. - Wed, 09 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Marsiforming - It has so many advantages--it preserves Martian life, requires fewer interplanetary launches, and makes it much easier to field-test Mars rovers. - Mon, 07 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Short Selling - "I'm selling all my analogies at auction tomorrow, and that witch over there will give you 20 beans if you promise on pain of death to win them for her." "What if SEVERAL people promised witches they'd win, creating some kind of a ... squeeze? Gosh, you could make a lot of–" "Don't be silly! That probably never happens." - Fri, 04 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Consensus New Year - The biggest jump is at 11:00am EST (4:00pm UTC) when midnight reaches the UTC+8 time zone. That time zone, which includes China, is home to a quarter of the world's population. India and Sri Lanka (UTC+5:30) put us over the 50% mark soon after. - Mon, 31 Dec 2018 05:00:00 -0000 -

Million, Billion, Trillion - You can tell most people don’t really assign an absolute meaning to these numbers because in some places and time periods, “billion” has meant 1,000x what it's meant in others, and a lot of us never even noticed. - Fri, 28 Dec 2018 05:00:00 -0000 -

Feathered Dinosaur Venn Diagram - My pet theory is that in real life, the kid at the beginning of Jurassic Park who made fun of the 'six-foot turkey' never got a talking-to from Dr. Grant, and grew up to produce several of the movie's sequels. - Wed, 26 Dec 2018 05:00:00 -0000 -

Midcontinent Rift System - The best wedge issue is an actual wedge. - Fri, 25 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Internet Archive - The fact that things like the npm left-pad incident are so rare is oddly reassuring. - Wed, 23 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Models of the Atom - J.J. Thompson won a Nobel Prize for his work in electricity in gases, but was unfairly passed over for his "An atom is plum pudding, and plum pudding is MADE of atoms! Duuuuude." theory. - Fri, 18 Jan 2019 05:00:00 -0000 -

Christmas Eve Eve - It turns out that saying "Oh, so THAT'S why they call it Boxing Day" is a good way to get punched a second time. - Mon, 24 Dec 2018 05:00:00 -0000 -

Schwarzschild's Cat - Cats can be smaller than the critical limit, but they're unobservable. If one shrinks enough that it crosses the limit, it just appears to get cuter and cuter as it slowly fades from view. - Fri, 21 Dec 2018 05:00:00 -0000 -

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