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"I love deadlines," said Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy author Douglas Adams. "I love the whooshing noise they make as they go by." Here's a mental trick for thinking of long-term deadlines, based on minor spoilers for the horror film It Follows.

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At a dinner party or a family-style meal out, who gets the last piece of food? In this excerpt of the dinner party how-to book Brunch Is Hell, Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam lay out the three typical bad solutions (no one eats it, everyone shares tiny bites, an "alpha guest" hogs it), then present a witty five-point plan for awarding the last piece.

Predicting the future is near impossible -- but that doesn‘t stop us all from having a red hot go. Human beings have been predicting the future since the beginning of history and the results range from the hilarious to the downright uncanny.

One thing all future predictions have in common: they‘re rooted in our current understanding of how the world works. It‘s difficult to escape that mindset. We have no idea how technology will evolve, so our ideas are connected to the technology of today.

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In a recent issue of Archie spinoff Jughead, the comic's title character falls in like with a girl. Jughead has canonically identified as asexual, so he's shocked and confused. He doesn't know what this girl looks like; he's only seen her dressed as a giant cheeseburger. So his friend Betty urges him to make a move - but a polite, respectful one. And for a young woman on the wrong end of a love triangle over a ginger, Betty has great advice.