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Cafe Freud bar in Oxford. The building used to be a church. The main aisle is still present. The atmosphere is pretty unusual. Around midnight, the juxtaposition of holy architecture and intoxicated masses creates something akin to a parson's dystopian vision.

Shot of the interior: https://goo.gl/S9ZLXE
I'm very familiar with Freuds Cafe in Walton Street, Jericho, one of my first projects as an Architecture student back in 1988 was to spend a couple of weeks surveying and drawings the building including drawing large scale drawings of the column details. From Wikipedia : "The Freud café is housed in the former St Paul's Church, a Greek Revival building designed in 1836 by Henry Jones Underwood. The church was inspired by an outbreak of cholera ...
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Or an insight into ancient religious practices which encouraged intoxication in ritual...
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"Nearly half the 184 Georgians shot and killed by US police since 2010 were unarmed or shot in the back. About one in six were unarmed."
Explore reports and cases from The Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s year-long examination of police shootings in Georgia.
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The Flying Spaghetti Monster makes a cameo appearance in this BBC documentary on the history of the universe. Fast forward to 01:34 at: www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p02gfgfq
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The Economist's "Quality of death" index.
It ranks palliative care: the ability to provide patients with relief from the symptoms, pain, physical stress, and mental stress of a serious illness.

via: www.economistinsights.com/sites/default/files/2015%20Quality%20of%20Death%20Index%20Oct%207%20FINAL.pdf
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A team tried to reproduce 100 different recent psychology findings that were published in three leading journals. Even with the aid of the original authors, the large majority of findings were not reproducible.
Only 35 of 100 studies that the Reproducibility Project looked at held up fully to scrutiny. But some questioned the process of replication itself.
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Bike chain breaks at the start. Still wins the race...
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He is in a league by himself, literally the chainless league.
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Top 5 "Merry Christmas" States:
Georgia
Alabama
Kentucky
South Carolina
Louisiana

Top 5 “Happy Holidays” States:
California
New York
Illinois
Oregon
Massachusetts
Does your state say 'Merry Christmas' or 'Happy Holidays' more often? Find out with this map showing usage across the country. Where do you stand on this debate?
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Helpful advice from the UK government...

The following behaviours may indicate a young person is at risk of getting involved in cyber crime:
* Are they interested in coding?
* Do they have independent learning material on computing? 
The NCA's mission is to lead the UK's fight to cut serious and organised crime.
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I really think a single factor test would be easier to follow...
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Ever wonder why Europe wasn't devastated by new diseases brought back from the Americas? CGP Grey has a nice new video short based on Jared Diamond's book: Guns, Germs and Steel.

His explanation in brief is: almost no domesticable animals in the Americas -> far fewer large cities -> the Americas had no plagues

He also mentions an interesting tidbit: until the 1900s, large cities typically could not sustain their populations alone. Sanitation and health was so poor that death rates exceeded birth rates. Cities relied on newcomers to maintain or grow their populations. That seems plausible, but I wonder on what evidence it is based.
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Why is the word "I" capitalized? Most other languages do not treat their equivalent word so specially. Here's an interesting article exploring its history:

"England is where the capital "I" first reared its dotless head. In Old and Middle English, "I" was still "ic," "ich" or some variation thereof before phonetic changes in the spoken language led to a stripped-down written form.

"Graphically, single letters are a problem," says Charles Bigelow, a type historian and a designer of the Lucida and Wingdings font families. "They look like they broke off from a word or got lost or had some other accident." When "I" shrunk to a single letter, Bigelow explains, "one little letter had to represent an important word, but it was too wimpy, graphically speaking, to carry the semantic burden, so the scribes made it bigger, which means taller, which means equivalent to a capital."
Is the vertical pronoun really such a capital idea?
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Before a rugby match begins, the New Zealand team usually performs a traditional Maori warrior dance called the Haka. It's pretty cool to watch and really adds to the atmosphere.

The Tongans have a similar dance. Here's what happened before they played each other in 2006.
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It's really too bad that the federation banned hakas. :)
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