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5 Things You Didn’t Know About Daylight Saving Time


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As we set our clocks back one hour this Saturday — this is your reminder; you’re welcome — you’re probably asking yourself why you’re doing it. That is, if you even need to manually set back your clocks anymore. Most of us have digital timekeeping mechanisms that respond to whatever timezone we’re in, accounting for DST.

Still, if asked why we turn the clocks back most of us would be left scratching our heads. Here’s a quick explainer:

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What’s Behind Our Obsession With Zombies?

Walking Dead Zombies

AMC’s incredibly popular and critically acclaimed series, “The Walking Dead,” follows the human survivors living in a zombie infested world. Source: Forbes

Zombies have been a part of pop culture for decades, but they seem especially pervasive lately. They’re featured in TV shows, films, comics, video games — even in works of literature. What is it about zombies that we love to hate? Are they simply experiencing that rare sixteenth minute of fame, or is there something deeper going on?

First off, the zombie isn’t a recent human construction; in fact, it’s steeped in centuries of history. The term comes from the West African word nzambi, or “soul.” In the 19th century when this word came into existence, Nzambi themselves were not feared — becoming one was. After all, they were unable to control their own fates. The nzambi were thought to be used by boko, or sorcerers, for black magic.

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The Muppets Were Never Meant To Be Child-Friendly. Here’s Why.

Jim Henson Muppets History Group

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Since its 1958 birth, the iconic Muppet franchise has revolutionized the field of puppetry — and it’s not showing any signs of stopping. This fall, Jim Henson’s puppet crew returns to TV for the first time since 1998. Co-created by Bill Prady and Bob Kushell, the latest incarnation of the Muppet Show has already seen its share of controversy, with some deeming the show unsuitable for children.

“The puppet characters loved by kids in the 1970s and 1980s are now weighing in on inter-species relationships and promiscuity,” wrote Christian fundamentalist group One Million Moms in its campaign to have the show canceled.

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Photo Of The Day: Artist Turns Vladimir Lenin Statue Into Darth Vader

Lenin Darth Vader Statue

The Lenin statue before and after its transformation. Image Source: SFGate

The Dark Side has established itself in Odessa, Ukraine.

A statue of Vladimir Lenin, brutal leader of the Bolshevik Revolution and key figure in the creation of the Soviet Union, was converted into a statue of Darth Vader in response to a law requiring local governments to remove communist and Nazi symbols and names. Alexander Milov, a Ukrainian sculptor who made his mark in the art world at the Burning Man festival this year, was behind the statue’s transformation.

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