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For kids, public ball pits are colourful pools of joy and wonder. For parents, they're disgusting germ incubators, a place where boogers, soggy Band-Aids and mouldy sandwich crumbs go to die.

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Video: Seasoning cast iron with flaxseed oil isn't super new — Sheryl Canter first wrote about it on her blog seven years ago — but it has some serious fans. Both Cook's Illustrated and The Kitchn are believers, with the former saying it created "a sheer, stick-resistant veneer, that even a run through our commercial dishwasher with a squirt of degreaser left them totally unscathed".

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Choosing the right name for your baby is tougher than it sounds. You probably don't want an overly weird name lest your child gets teased at school. On the other hand, nobody wants to be saddled with a boringly common name like John or Chris (thanks for nothing, Mum!)

Instead, most parents plump for something that sits between unique and familiar. If you're stumped for ideas, this list of 100 popular baby names - 50 boys' and 50 girls' - is well worth a look.

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When it comes to household chores, it's nearly impossible to remember what you started, who's supposed to be doing what, and what's still left to do. So you end up with a half-cleared out freezer, a vacuum that coughs out dust clumps ("Wasn't Bob supposed to empty this thing?!"), and a general feeling that everything is always awry.

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When our very own US editor-in-chief sent me a recipe for ceviche, I was excited, because ceviche combines two of my favourite activities: Eating seafood and not cooking. When I read the recipe, however, I was a little appalled, for it suggested that beautiful pieces of fresh sea bass be left in an acidic marinade for two freaking hours.

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There is about a tonne of plastic for each person living in the world today — that's 8300 million tonnes of plastic produced since 1950, most of which has become waste and ended up in landfills. Even worse, plastic production is increasing and half of all the plastic on Earth was created in the past 13 years. But you can reduce your own impact by cutting back your plastic consumption. Here are eight steps you could take.

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Fast Food Face-Off is an occasional Lifehacker feature where we compare two seemingly identical takeaway products from rival stores to determine which offers the best value. Today: McDonald's Bacon & Egg McMuffin versus Hungry Jack's Bacon & Egg Muffin!

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Earlier this month, a Scottish Twitter user known as "moth dad" went on a rant about America's lack of egg cups, conjuring up terrible images such eggs rolling around on plates, yolk spilling forth unchecked, and "solid f***ing eggs".

Shared from Gizmodo

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There's no doubt that if we're going to stop or even slow down climate change, we have to get our collective crap together. But collective action starts with individual choices, and for all the data-driven decision makers out there, the path forward just got a bit more lucid. A new study in Environmental Research Letters has determined exactly which life choices reduce our carbon footprints the most.

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For years I was convinced I hated scotch. Then one day someone talked me into doing a massive side-by-side tasting of some single-malts and I realised that I don't hate scotch, I'm just not a fan of scotch from one specific region of Scotland (and consequently blends that use a heavy amount of scotch from that region).