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Recent No. 1 Singles Average at a Third Grade Reading Level

New study examines lyrics from Beyoncé, Foo Fighters, Adele, Eminem, and others

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No one would ever dare to compare the writing prowess of artists like Macklemore, Nicki Minaj, and Katy Perry to Chaucer and Ginsberg, but a new study from Andrew Powell-Morse reveals just how dumbed down the lyrics are for songs currently dominating the Billboard charts.

Powell-Morse analyzed the reading levels for 225 songs that spent three or more weeks atop Billboard’s Pop, Country, Rock, and Hip-Hop song charts.

Whereas chart-toppers in 2005 read between a third and fourth grade level, a decade later that average is declining, and fast. In 2014, the reading level of a Billboard No. 1 single averaged between a second and third grade reading level, with the bar trending downward in five of the last 10 years. (Read More Inside)

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Extra Shoelace Holes Actually Serve A Brilliant Purpose

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Tumblr Makes Some GREAT Points About Disney Movies

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The site has dug deep into these classic movies and uncovered some Disney truths that were likely overlooked by the majority of viewers. If medals could be given out for Disney knowledge, these bloggers should win them all. (Full Gallery Inside)

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Psychology Facts You Need to Know About Yourself

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In a recent study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology, researchers from Colorado College tested the effects of being told you’re getting enough sleep—“placebo sleep,” as they call it. (Read More Inside)

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Don’t Play with Your Vegetables. Make Music Instead

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These Optical Illusions Destroyed My Brain. For Some Reason, I Can’t Look Away…

Cross your eyes and you should be able to see a familiar face.

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Our brains have developed incredible tactics and coping mechanisms to help us make sense of the complex world around us. But some parts of our highly adaptive minds aren’t perfect and can be exposed through carefully crafted illusions. (See More Inside)

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Disney Parks Have Been Hiding 35 Secrets From Us

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At the “Be Our Guest” restaurant, there’s a secret desert that’s not on the menu, which is mentioned in the song by the same name on “Beauty and Beast”. According to the song, “the grey stuff is delicious. Don’t believe me? Ask the dishes.” (34 More Inside)

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Your Favorite Booze Under The Microscope

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I’m sure that when most of you are sipping on your favorite cocktail- be it a piña colada or a cosmopolitan- the first thing that comes to mind is not “I wonder what this would look like under a microscope…” But just in case you did, an awesome company called BevShots has combined art, booze and science to give you a magnificent array of colorful microscope photographs of your favorite tipple.

How do they do it? They first crystallize the beverage on a microscope slide, and then take pictures using a polarized light microscope with a camera attached. As the light passes through the crystals, some amazing colors and patterns show up. The result is pretty mesmerizing. Check out a few of our favorites inside.

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Where the World’s Unsold Cars Go To Die

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Above is just a few of the thousands upon thousands of unsold cars at Sheerness, United Kingdom. Please do see this on Google Maps….type in Sheerness, United Kingdom. Look to the west coast, below River Thames next to River Medway. Left of A249, Brielle Way. (Read More Inside)

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