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  • There is no easy way to discover the news that a loved one has died. However, the way that Caran Johnson found out about the death of her husband seems unfathomably hard.

    The chain of events started yesterday when a newspaper in Vancouver, Wash., alerted its Twitter followers about an accident in the southbound lanes of I-205, an interstate that serves Washington and Oregon. Johnson, who regularly tweets information heard on the scanner, began sending updates out about the emergency response to the collision. From the get-go, she wasn’t a fan of that particular stretch of the interstate.

    “i hate that section of I205 S,” Johnson tweeted. “too many on ramps, speeders and too few lanes.”

    About a half-hour after the Columbian first reported the accident on Twitter, Johnson began to worry.

    “I'm trying not to panic, but my husband left work early and he drives 205 to get home,” she posted. “he's not answering his phone.”

    According to a later tweet, Johnson’s husband was feeling faint and decided

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  • In what has become an annual tradition since 2007, DJ Earworm released his mashup this week of America’s biggest songs for the past year. The list is determined using the most popular hits from Billboard’s weekly Hot 100 chart.

    This year’s track, entitled “United State of Pop 2013 (Living the Fantasy), is reflective of a slightly-different tone in pop music this year. While the mix has its moments of celebration in songs like Avicii’s “Wake Me Up” and Swedish House Mafia’s “Don’t You Worry Child,” the overall vibe is a little slower. Songs like Imagine Dragons’ hits “Radioactive” and “Demons” along with Lorde’s breakout single “Royals” lend to this. Of course Miley Cyrus (who also topped our year-end overall searches list) is featured with her tracks “Wrecking Ball” and “We Can’t Stop.”

    There are three Justin Timberlake songs in this year’s production. The pop star’s “Suit and Tie” and “Mirrors” are featured in the mix. Timberlake also sang the chorus of another top hit, Jay Z’s “Holy

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  • As Emily Graslie, host of the YouTube channel "The Brain Scoop," points out, she holds down a rare space on the Internet. Not many women host video channels dedicated to science, technology, education, and math.

    All too common, however, are users on any platform leaving comments that stray from the content's subject and instead serve to bully, discriminate, or humiliate. As a woman, Graslie has read her fair share of this kind of feedback and is not pulling any punches in her latest video, which tackles the subject.

    The chief curiosity correspondent for Chicago's Field Museum is going viral with a piece called, tongue in cheek, "Where My Ladies At?" In the six-minute clip, the first problem that Graslie highlights is the lack of female hosts with popular channels on the Internet. A stat that she drops: 7 of 13 male-hosted channels have over a million subscribers; only 4 channels hosted by women have more than 160,000. Graslie then shines a light on what she believes one of the main

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  • "A Christmas Story" lives in multiple forms these days, from the more traditional seamless loop of the movie on TV during the holidays to the Broadway musical. Our friends at Improv Everywhere decided that 'tis the season to acknowledge the classic film in their final "Movies In Real Life" series.

    For the clip, three kids act out the infamous "triple dog dare" scene from the movie. But instead of setting the scene outdoors, the actors walk into a New York subway car, fitted with hidden cameras. After Schwartz, played by 11-year-old Sebastian Thomas, issues the final challenge, 13-year-old Josh Caggiano obliges in the role of Flick.

    Thankfully for Caggiano, he didn't have to put his actual tongue on a subway pole. Improv Everywhere fitted the teenager with a prosthetic tongue that stuck thanks to a magnet in the end of it.

    Onlookers had mixed reactions, some laughing and others clearly shocked that his "tongue" was stuck. What puts the gag over the top is the appearance of an actual New

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  • Peyton Manning has signed many autographs throughout his 16-season career in the National Football League. While surely the quarterback has been approached with various pieces of memorabilia and who knows what else, you would have to think that this is the first wedding invitation he has ever signed.

    A photo of the Manning-signed invite is gaining buzz after it was posted on Reddit. The user, “LackadaisicalRomp,” writes, “My sister sent a wedding invitation to Peyton Manning. He actually replied!” Manning didn’t just allegedly sign and send the card back, but also took the time to check “Regretfully decline.” He inscribed the autograph, “Anna and James, Best Wishes.”

    Peyton Manning's repsonse to fan's wedding invitation

    Perhaps our favorite comment about the photo comes courtesy of Redditor “MasterSplinter21” who writes, “Eli (Manning) replied too, but his response was intercepted.” Even with two Super Bowl rings and the Giants’ current winning streak, poor Eli still gets treated like the little brother.

    Manning is the first athlete we have

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