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How does the paparazzi work, exactly? There are many, many celebrities who are photographed almost 24/7. Where do those photos go?(Frivolous question filter) Let's say I want to come home every night and look at pictures of everything that has been done that day by, say, oh, Princess Charlotte or the Olsen twins. Is there some sort of paparazzi central for each individual celebrity? Places like TMZ or the Enquirer or People only post the weekly highlights; I'm wondering of there's something closer to the source. When photographers get their pictures, I'm assuming they sell them to somebody; where do they go from there? I know people who know every single darn detail about a celebrity, and it's always way more than I've seen on TMZ; how do they get their information? Is it just a matter of surfing all these different sites, or can one view the work of an individual photographer, or what? Thanks.

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For what reason did all the stores in my area decide to stop carrying Cashew Milk in the original variety? And is it just my area, or everywhere the product is carried?About two years ago stores in my area (I live in Florida) started carrying Cashew Milk in addition to regular milk, Almond Milk, Rice Milk etc. Initially the stores (Wal-Mart, Publix, local health food stores) all carried Cashew Milk in the original (sweetened), unsweetened, vanilla regular and later on vanilla unsweetened. I started buying Cashew Milk, original variety as the best alternative to vanilla soy I could find. I love vanilla soy but I drink a lot of it and from what I understand too much soy is not healthy. So Cashew Original seemed like a great alternative. Over time, though, I noticed that Cashew Original started to disappear. Now all the stores carry only Unsweetened Cashew Milk or Unsweetened Vanilla Cashew. Only one still carries the original variety - the big-box store with a white terrier for a mascot, and I am not sure why given it has vanished from everywhere else. Thus I expect sooner or later they will stop carrying it as well. What I find really amazing is that this is across the board - it applies in the freezer sections, to the packaged box varieties you can keep unrefrigerated until you open them, to any blended milks with cashew in it, even to the brand-new Cashew Yogurt they just rolled out at the health food store. It, too, is unsweetened, with no sweetened option in sight. I can live without it - I mean, there are other options, notably Hemp Milk, Oatmeal Milk, and so on, but nothing is quite like Cashew Milk Original by Silk. Everything, I mean everything else I can find, comes in the sweetened variety. Someone suggested that the retailers are doing this as the most generic solution for people who want a plain unsweetened milk alternative and they chose this product to fill that slot. I think that may be part of the reason but it still doesn't explain to me why all the other cashew products are offered unsweetened-only as well. It's not really an important question I know but I have been wondering for quite some time. Thank you.

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Perhaps you're wondering, how does PawBot really work?

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Joe Miller, also known as Joseph or Josias (1684–1738), was an English actor who favored comedies, but was in fact, known for his grave demeanor and subdued humor. This led to an in-joke whereby all his companions ascribed all new jokes to him, though he is also said to have collected jokes himself. After his death, John Mottley (1692–1750), using the pseudonym of Elijah Jenkins, Esquire, published a book called Joe Miller's Jests, or the Wit's Vade-Mecum in 1739 (Archive.org; also available in a semi-modern web format), containing 247 jokes, but that was just the first of many editions and copies. While books in this format (i.e. "Mr Smith's Jests") were common before Mottley's publication, the popularity of both Joe Miller himself and of Mottley's first book lead to later versions, often not wholly connected to the first, entitled with names such as Joe Miller's Joke Book, and The New Joe Miller. For a (more) complete experience, enjoy Joe Miller's complete jest book: being a collection of the most excellent bon mots, brilliant jests, and striking anecdotes, in the English language, published in 1859, with 1546 jokes (Archive.org). Project Gutenberg has Joe Miller's Jests, with Copious Additions by Mottley, Miller, and Bellew, published in 1865, with 1286 jokes, and an more than 130 epitaphs and proverbs tacked on at the end, for good measure. But wait, there's more! Mark Lemon, the first editor of Punch magazine, compiled his own version of The Jest Book with 1711 jokes. It is conveniently available online, broken down into sets of 100 jokes per webpage, with an alphabetized index if you want to browse the jokes by title. If that's all too British for you, perhaps The American Joe Miller: A Collection of Yankee Wit and Humor by Robert Kempt (Project Gutenberg) from 1863 is more your cup of tea, er, coffee?

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By which I mean, in the Jim Henson Universe, are there any hints/explanations about how Muppets occur?Kermit, for example, is a frog, as is his nephew. But is he an entirely separate species from what you might call "normal" frogs? Is he descended from our frogs? Is he some sort of mutation? And then there's Gonzo, who we see in his film is in fact an Alien, but they are also Muppets?! Many thanks for your attention to this important question.

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Gudetama, a lazy, perpetually weary egg yolk, is a Sanrio cartoon character. Since its creation in 2013, it has become very popular in Japan, and is now starting to find an enthusiastic audience abroad, causing some to theorise that Gudetama may be the cartoon mascot for our troubled age.

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Due to some irrational but very mutual worry habits, my husband and I are currently using the Life360 app to see where each other is throughout the day. However Life360 is proving to have limitations with iPhones. the android phone's location updates near-instantly, but the iPhone can take 15-60 minutes to show a new location, which as you might imagine only exacerbates the worry problem. Have any of you iPhone users found a GPS pairing app that works and updates properly, AND has an available Android version as well? Thanks!

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I want to sell a few silver age comic books at a store, and I'm wondering what a fair price would be?I have about a dozen in total, but the most valuable ones seem to be: Fantastic Four #34, #52 Silver Surfer #3, #10 Daredevil #7 I'd guess they're all in the VG to FN range. I'm a record guy, not a comics guy. About 15 years ago I sold a bunch from the same collection (which belonged to my uncle when he was a kid) on eBay and did pretty well, but for various reasons I don't want to be bothered with trying to sell them online right now. Obviously I'm not going to get eBay prices if I sell them to a retail store, but what's fair? For example, I looked up Fantastic Four #52 here. A VG copy is listed at $420; what should I expect the store to offer me? Half of that? A third? Less? Basically I'd just like some quick cash in my pocket but don't want to get taken, either. I'm in Toronto, if that makes any difference.

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Anyone here had a simple ovarian cyst of 5-6 cm? What happened to it? Did it shrink down? If not after how much monitoring did they remove it and how was the surgery? I have my 2 month follow up ultrasound on Tuesday for my 57 mm one Thanks

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It's typically very difficult for me to find pants that fit me well - I have more than once gone into a dressing room with an arm load of pants, tried them all on, and walked out sad and frustrated, with no pants. I finally found one brand/cut that works and have just stuck with it for several years. However, I'm getting a little bored and would like to diversify.The Express Editor barely boot pant is, so far, the dream pant. It is comfortable, fits well, flatters and slims. It has enough stretch that I can gain or lose a few pounds without buying new pants, but not so much stretch that I feel uncomfortable (I don't like super-stretchy tight-tight pants for work). I would like to get a better idea of what cuts, shapes and brands to look for in pants so that I can be more efficient when I shop. I'm currently between a size 8 and 10 and have a subtle apple shape (waist and hips are about the same measurement, I believe), long waist and short legs (pants always have to be hemmed). I have a couple of pairs of the Old Navy Pixie and they look ok but don't feel all that comfortable. In the (distant) past I've stumbled across Ann Taylor and Banana Republic pants that fit well at the time, but those finds were typically in thrift stores and I'm not sure what the cuts were. I've tried some Lands End pants and they were okay but not great for me - I don't recall the cut. Bonus: I once found a pair of flat-front pants with a sort of gray-khaki fabric, but softer and smoother than the typical khaki. I loved them to bits and don't recall the brand. I have no idea what to call them or how to look for them.

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A boring mouse who tends to their home and children show monogamous behavior is genetic, just like humans! Oldfield Mice not only make lifelong connections with their partners, they never inbreed. They even build better nests! Lady mice all over the world are looking for an Oldfield mouse...

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I am in the NYC area and am looking to get t-shirts printed for myself and the rest of my coworkers. We will be wearing these for fairly strenuous outside work so they need to breathe well and be fairly sturdy. I'd like them to look good as well. Where should I get them printed, what kind of shirt fabric and what are things to keep in mind to make things look good?We would probably be getting more than 20 shirts done, with a strong possibility of more if things work out well. We range in size from XL men's to S women's but could probably consolidate that if it makes it easier. I could do single color or two color. The printing would be two logos and some text for which I have high res files. Can you recommend a place that will do this in the NYC area - if we have to pick things up, it would be preferable if the place was in southern Westchester. What are things that I should be keeping in mind to make this work as well as possible?

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Percy Fawcett was British, so did he say "Lost City of Zed" or, as the new movie trailers have it, "Lost City of Zee"?It's possible that a recording of Fawcett saying the keyword exists. Also, possible that American recordings exist.

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What instrument is being played over the drums/percussion in the "Jedha Suite" from the Rogue One soundtrack? The instrument in question comes in at 0:15.

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Guy Frees Owl from Kitchen Using a Swiffer (SLYT). NSFW due to a small amount of cursing.

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Carter and his White House were interested in more specific questions. If the presidency could survive after a nuclear war, what exactly would it do afterward? How could the surviving commander in chief be identified? Who would identify him? How would he fulfill the three main functions of the presidency: to be the chief executive of the government, the head of state, and the commander in chief of its armed forces?

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I having some weird bladder and belly sensitivities that are making my jeans/pants feel uncomfortable. I've gone to the gyn for testing and plan on going to see a gastroenterologist in the near future. These issues are making my pants and underwear very uncomfortable.The problem is that I basically wear jeans everyday for work and stretch pants at home. I love to wear form fitting pants but have switched over to more comfortable legging pants from Uniqlo. They look like jeans but are more comfortable. Yay elastic waistband! Unfortunately now even those are bothering me. Skirts and dresses are the obvious choice but they have never been a part of my wardrobe/style and I'm extremely insecure about my bony legs so they've never been an option for me. Even less so in the summer when I can't wear thick tights and tall boots. I've been wanting to update my wardrobe but was moving towards what I would call edgy but casual equestrian punk. I just made that up I think. This means fitted jeans/pants with jackets/blazers, and boots for as long as the season allow and chucks in the summer. I'm interested in recommendations on changing my current wardrobe to accommodate my crotchety crotch but maintaining my overall style. I don't want to end up just having to wear baggy, shapeless clothing. I'm also not sure where to start since I've been dressing more or less the same with minor changes since forever. I'm 36, female, slim but with a gut (my never ending struggle since it's the only place I gain weight). My job is mostly casual. I very rarely "dress up". Here are some pics to give you an idea.

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@JoeWadlington: I went on a date last night and the guy meekly shared that he used to be THE GENERAL MANAGER FOR THE TIMES SQUARE OLIVE GARDEN. Clearly, he'd seen some shit. So the next hour and a half was me asking questions. I tried to do y'all right. (The thread continues for many tweets, and can be read here as a Twitter Moment.) Randall Coburn at The A.V. Club.: "Former manager of the Times Square Olive Garden shares harrowing war stories"

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I am trying to spruce up my new place with a "home, sweet home" type sign that will be hanging indoors - something homey or uplifting but not overly saccharine and nothing too witty/sarcastic. I am interested in something warm over something sassy. Any suggestions?

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Any recommendations (pictures please!) for fancy up-dos or just pretty hairstyles that'll still look good after a night's sleep?I'm going to be a bridesmaid. It's not my first time but it is the first time when the bride is going to be paying $750 for her own hair and makeup and has asked if I'd want to splurge $170 on my own hair and makeup by the same makeup team (tip is not included in that price). The prices are to me a bit insane, especially given that we're going to be in the suburbs of NJ, and I'm already spending hundreds of dollars on airfare to fly from Asia for the wedding. So I feel more pressure to look nicer than I've ever looked at a wedding before since I think many will be paying the $170 for hair and makeup. I'm going to visit a salon the night before to get my hair done for a more reasonable price but would need help on a style that would look good even after sleeping on it. The wedding is in the morning before any salons will be open. Anyone have any advice (and pictures for reference)? I have long somewhat thick wavy hair. Thanks!

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"Mel Stuart's Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory is one of the most beloved family films ever made. Featuring an iconic performance from the late, great Gene Wilder, eyepopping production design, a sly sense of humor and a parade of memorable songs, the film is a stone-cold classic. So, here's a fun idea: what if you turned that stone-cold classic into a horribly-animated, direct-to-video Tom And Jerry movie?"

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Boat builder Louis Sauzedde has been crafting a wooden work skiff from raw lumber and documenting the process each week in a series of 36 videos. His Rhode Island accent, complete mastery of his craft, ability to explain both what he is doing and why he is doing it, casual use of nautical jargon, and his general good natured enthusiasm -- combined with excellent production and editing -- makes this series well worth watching. The final episode will be released this week, after which the boat can be seen in person at the sponsor's tent sale in Bristol, RI -- and then the boat itself will be put up for sale on ebay. You might watch as Lou establishes the sheer line, goes into the woods to find the perfect section of a tree for the breast hook, or designs some new hardware. I would never have imagined that a 14min video about filling in screw holes with epoxy could be compelling, but somehow Lou manages it.

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What should I do with my 3- and 6-year-old goddaughters this weekend in NYC?Basically what it says on the tin! My goddaughters are coming to visit me for the first time in a while and I'm trying to brainstorm stuff. Already on my mind: the Intrepid, Central Park Zoo, and Alice's Tea Cup (although I would appreciate recommendations for other kid-oriented restaurants that aren't terrible.) Is the Lego store worth it? The Natural History Museum outside the planetarium feels really dated to me; is it still really fun for modern little kids? We will be based in Union Square although also have a place on the Upper East Side where we can stop to refuel and nap.

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Real Housecats of Orange County. Some silliness from ellentube. With cats. The Real Housecats of Beverly Hills The Real Housecats of New Jersey Bonus: Peculiar Pet Products. Includes the must have condiments: Petchup, Muttstard, Mutt-N-Aise. Also reflective chicken vests.

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Niyitegaka told the soldiers that, whether in life or in death, she would remain with the Tutsis she had sheltered. Singing and chanting, she followed them onto the buses, which headed for the notorious Commune Rouge, a public cemetery that served as a killing field. There, alongside her Tutsi friends, Niyitegeka was slain by an assassin's bullet. On the motivations of rescuers in the Rwandan genocide.

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