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Jim Walsh notes Minneapolis/St. Paul was recently named America's second drunkest city. In honor of this achievement, give us a new city slogan at Culture To Go.

THESE DAYS

Turner Broadcasting is scouring more than 1,500 classic Hanna-Barbera cartoons, including old favorites Tom and Jerry, The Flintstones, and Scooby-Doo, to edit out scenes that glamorize smoking. What's next? Bug Bunny's transvestism? Yogi Bear's criminal tendencies?

In an interview with Wired, Professor Daniel Levitin discusses research into how our brains process the works of artists as varied as Beethoven, the Beatles, and Britney Spears, and why they make us feel so good.

Striptease send-offs at funerals may become a thing of the past in east China after five people were arrested for taking it off at a farmer's funeral in Donghai County, Jiangsu province.

MINNESOTA BLOG OF THE DAY

It's Minnesota State Fair time, and that means Brian, who's got "all the milk you can drink" milk running through his veins, gets the nod at My Pronto Pup.

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TIME WASTERS

Cat weight-lifting challenge using fish

Dangerous Beauty: The Art of the Shiv

FREEDOM OF SPEECH

"The other day, the little fella who does our maintenance work around the house, he's from Guatemala, and I said, 'Could I see your green card?' And Hugo says, 'No.' I said, 'Oh gosh.' ... Hugo is a nice little Guatemalan man who is doing some painting for me ... in Virginia."

-- Sen. Conrad Burns (R-MT), in a speech discussing tighter immigration controls


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