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Dean Praetorius

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Purveyor of fine internet. | Hired water gun. | Formerly @HuffingtonPost, @Vaynermedia | In awe of food. | I like words and building things.

Spiderwebs In Trees: Pakistan Floods Cause Incredible Phenomenon (PHOTOS) — What's going on in these pictures is incredible. It seems that the waters from last year's floods in Pakistan forced millions of spiders into these trees, creating these impressive images, according to the UK Department For International Development (DFID). Apparently the water took so long to recede that the spiders eventually turned the trees into cocoons.

A Brief Encounter with Alexia Tsotsis — I did not know Alexia when I worked at HuffPost. I still don't know her. I don't engage with her on Facebook, I don't write witty replies to her tweets. I'm pretty sure I don't follow her on Instagram, and I'm pretty sure beyond this one encounter I never even shared an Aol elevator ride with her.

Japan Tsunami Caused Icebergs To Form From Antarctica, Study Says (VIDEO) — If a tsunami hits Japan, could Antarctica be affected? For the first time, scientists seem to have linked a catastrophic event over a hemisphere away with the creation of icebergs from the coast of Antarctica. According to NASA, Kelly Brunt, a cryosphere specialist at the Goddard Space Flight Center in Greenbelt, Maryland, and her colleagues, were able to relate the two occurrences directly.

'Caylee's Law' Petition Goes Viral, Aims To Make Not Reporting A Missing Child A Crime — " Caylee's Law" has already gained over 330,000 signatures on The petition, which was created by Michelle Crowder of Oklahoma, aims to make not notifying police of a missing child a crime. According to USA Today, it also calls for strict penalties when parents do not quickly report the death of a child.

The Newsroom Is A J-School Whether You Like It Or Not — Years ago, a very well-known and public boss of mine gathered her heads of the newsroom together for a leadership lunch that at the time was becoming a regularity. There were gourmet sandwiches, artisanal drinks, dessert and more. It was held in a conference room that literally doesn't exist unless someone like her asks it to.

There’s A Lot Of Content Out There, But That Doesn’t Mean It’s Any Good — In the land before internet, there measuring "good" was largely subjective. Learned men and women would sit around and discuss the Sunday Magazine, front-page news, or graciously debate op-eds. (Today that's just Twitter.) Subscription numbers spoke to perhaps the overall quality of a publication, but not to its lowest lows and highest highs.

What Is Cinco De Mayo? — Cinco de Mayo is more than just another excuse to party. The holiday, which is celebrated more abroad than actually in Mexico, commemorates the Battle of Puebla which took place on May 5, 1862. The underdog victory for Mexico pushed French forces out of the state of Puebla against seemingly insurmountable odds.

If You Want To Be More Influential, Do These Things — You don't have to be a manipulative psychopath to win an argument, you just need the right tools. So here they are. But before you read, consider this: it might not matter whether or not you want to use these techniques, but rather, what if someone's using them on you?

How High Are You Right Now? Let This Quiz Figure It Out For You — Posted: Print Article Whether it's 4/20 or not, it's always important to know just how high you are this very moment. We'd explain further, but if you're still reading this, chances are it's not exactly going to sink in (especially if you live in Colorado).

The Completely Unofficial 2014 Super Bowl XLVIII Drinking Game — Every year Super Bowl Sunday affords millions of Americans the chance to combine their two most favorite pastimes: football and excessive drinking. But why just blindly consume thousands of calories in alcohol when there's a chance to turn this into a more meaningful experience?
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