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Mash-Up Round-Up: Schmaltz is Good & World Cup Chills

Fatty foods are good for you! Well, for your hangover.
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The week of June 9 was: watching James McAvoy do Patrick Stewart impressions over and over again, Paul Krugman snorting Adderall, and being afraid of girl hurricanes. 

Mash-Ups in the News:

SB Nation’s World Cup Preview, AKA Intro to World Cup

Fun special edition including “World Cup for Beginners” and “World Cups that have Changed the World.”  It’s really helpful for those of us who arbitrarily choose teams based on places we have visited.

via SB Nation

The Miracle of Schmaltz (and Other Hangover Cures)

Well well well, looks like eating fatty foods DOES have a benefit after all: canceling out vodka. L’chaim to that!

via Yahoo Food

Speaking 2 Languages Keeps Your Brain Sharp Later in Life

Dios Mio! A study interviewed subjects over 60 years (!) and found that knowing two languages kept them with it. Best part: you don’t have to be fluent, any bit of other language helps. Everybody download Duolingo!

via Fusion

Beats by Dre World Cup Ad Features Neymar, LeBron James, Nicki Minaj, Serena Williams, Many Other Famous People

This is about all of our superstitious acts as we pray for our teams (including Baby Jesus on an altar in a soccer jersey). We are suckers for sports-themed movies and ads (more so even than sports) so obviously we got chills.

via Washington Post

A Satirical Map of the World’s Stereotypes That Makes No Attempt at Political Correctness

It’s funny because it’s true that we think of Ireland as an island full of Gingers.

via Slate

Who Would You be Allowed to Marry in Israel Today?

Basically no one unless you are a heterosexual Jewish couple.

via Haaretz

Our Ancestry Obsession

Why do we get so into figuring out where we are from? Are there some downsides (i.e. eugenics)?

Here’s the original article (but you need a Harper’s subscription to read).

via WNYC

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