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New ad for Ames, Iowa would make Pawnee proud -- VIDEO

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Is Leslie Knope behind this?

An advertisement for Ames, Iowa is going viral today, thanks to snooty east coast bloggers (well done, Gawker). The ad — full of the lovably cheesy production values one would expect from a local spot (courtesy of Iowa State) — is as earnestly goofy as you’d expect from the people behind the Greatest State Fair Ever (seriously).

But you know what? Ames is pretty great. Speaking as someone who  lived about 45 minutes away from it for a few years, I can confirm that the water is pretty tasty, and the schools are top notch. Their crack about several seasons to enjoy, however, is…generous. It’s winter from September to May.

Watch the spot below, but don’t even think about making fun of Iowa. Not for one second: READ FULL STORY

Google Doodle celebrates Rubik's Cube's 40th birthday

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Looking for a way to kill time? Google’s got your back: Today’s Google Doodle features an interactive Rubik’s Cube to celebrate the puzzle’s 40th birthday.

Back in 1974, a Hungarian architecture professor named Erno Rubik wanted to create an object that wouldn’t fall apart even if all its parts were moved independently. The Rubik’s Cube was born from that idea, and it took Rubik weeks to solve the puzzle once he created it. A year later, Rubik patented the cube and now, the Rubik’s Cube is the world’s top-selling puzzle game.

Rubik himself is now 69 and focuses his current work on promoting science in education.

High schooler tries to get out of finals with Twitter

Kids these days!

The latest trend among high schoolers is to try getting out of finals using Twitter. Unfortunately, that method isn’t as effective as they may hope.

Andrew Muennink, a senior at Texas’s Round Rock High School, recently sent out a photo with art teacher Cindy House. The two are shaking hands in front of a whiteboard reading “15,000 RTs and no art final” — meaning, of course, that if Muennink’s photo was retweeted 15,000 times, he’d be safe from the test.

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Celebrities react to L.A. earthquake on Twitter

Even if you weren’t in Los Angeles when a small earthquake jolted the areaWednesday, you probably knew about the quake — thanks to Twitter.

The 3.3 magnitude earthquake struck at 11:39 p.m. PT, just south of downtown L.A. Celebrities responded by taking to Twitter, commenting about their tiny brush with disaster (and checking on Emmy Rossum, of course). Check out what a few of them had to say below:

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Ilana Glazer interviews strangers in the park about sex -- VIDEO

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Missing Broad City? Obviously.

This won’t quite fill the Abbi-and-Ilana-sized hole in your heart — but it’s good to know that Ilana Glazer is still being her goofy self, even in the off-season. The video, from Glazer’s recently revived “Chronic Gamer Girl” webseries, finds the comedian interviewing people in a New York City park about sex. From a woman who ruined a friend’s jeans during her first time to a dude who just really loves America (?), this video is super weird and perfect.

Watch, and learn that for some people, “friction is friction”: READ FULL STORY

Ed Sheeran rejects offer for first verified Tinder account -- VIDEO

Sorry, ladies, but you won’t be setting up with a date with Ed Sheeran on Tinder anytime soon.

The popular dating app has been in talks to allow verified accounts for more famous Tinder users, similar to Twitter. Sheeran was apparently offered the very first verified profile — but he ended up turning it down. “It just sounds quite creepy doing that,” he told Total Access in a radio interview. “You’re just using your celebrity status to hook up with chicks.” (You listening, Franco?)

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Todd Barry talks 'Crowd Work' special and getting your friends to pay for stuff

Though he has put “stand-up comedian” on his tax return for over two decades, Todd Barry did not prepare any new material for his brand new special, which was produced by Louis C.K. and distributed through his website for five bucks.

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Television Without Pity: A personal EWlogy -- ESSAY

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I’ll never look at a bucket of ribs the same way again.

I’ve been a steadfast reader of Television Without Pity since I lit upon Tracie “Potes” Potochnik’s America’s Next Top Model recaps back in 2004. In snarky TWoP style, Potes regularly engaged in a gentle mockery of host-mogul-mentor Tyra Banks about everything from her Kool-Aid weave to her love of barbecue-slathered pork. From the first lines of those recaps, it felt like I’d found the website equivalent of my very soul (and what a trash-TV-filled, highbrow-educated soul it is). And so, like Tyra Banks and those ribs, I devoured the damn things week after week. As with all of the site’s recaps, they were well worth the wait.

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Oscars 2014: The most tweeted-about moments of the night were ...

The 86th Academy Awards could be remembered by a number of labels: The Oscars where Ellen DeGeneres ordered pizza. The Oscars where Matthew McConaughey won. Most likely, though, we’ll recall this ceremony as Oscars that broke Twitter. During the broadcast, DeGeneres took it upon herself to organize the world’s greatest selfie in the hopes of creating the most retweeted tweet ever. Spoiler: She did.

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Google Doodle celebrates John Steinbeck's birthday

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Google is celebrating what would have been John Steinbeck’s 112th birthday by highlighting some of his most popular works in its homepage Doodle today.

Click anywhere on the drawing, and you’ll be taken to images depicting some of the Steinbeck’s most iconic books. Five in all, the set includes The Grapes of Wrath, Cannery Row, Of Mice and Men, The Pearl, and Travels with Charley. (Oddly, East of Eden was left off the list.) After arriving at the image, users can then click anywhere on the picture to summon a famous quote from the story, which appears over the drawing.

Steinbeck authored 27 books over his lifetime, and received the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1962. The Pulitzer Prize-winning author passed away in 1968.

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