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    I've been writing online for a long time, and I thought I'd address a few questions I've had over the years about how the sausage gets made. Excuse me if this is a little insidery, but I wanted to talk a little about how and why we're now inundated with "You Won't Believe How This Smiling Baby Will Change Your Life!" and "35 Funniest Sidewalk Signs of All Time" posts on Facebook and Twitter.

    There are a few types of web content, the most prevalent of them being "online journalism." I wrote a book about it, and it's what I've been doing for most of my professional career. And I'm part of the problem. Let me explain.

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    I missed one of the most touching ads during the Super Bowl on Sunday. It was played during the fourth quarter, which would probably usually be a good airtime, but in case you haven’t heard, the game was basically over by that point.

    Anyway, I’m glad I caught it on YouTube, because it’s definitely one to tug at your heartstrings and make you feel happy to be alive today. It’s from Microsoft and asks the question, “What is technology?” which sounds like a snoozer, but then you get reeled in with watery eyes when you see the amazing blessings technology has brought to people.

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    You've got to admit it: lots of us will watch some pretty inane things on YouTube just because. From videos of parents letting their kids gets mauled by cats to clips of teens shamelessly pouring their hearts out to their girlfriends, anything goes these days. One of the latest viral video trends is one I totally don't understand but find fascinating and, dare I say, even a little inspirational? It seems a great many people love to watch other people eat food.

    If this "movement" has a star, her name is Park Seo-Yeon, a South Korean woman who goes by the name "The Diva." The Diva cooks big meals for herself each night -- everything from noodles to pizza and steak -- and streams herself from 8 or 9 p.m. until whenever, just sitting back at her table alone, eating every morsel of her yummy creations. And get this: she earns more than $9,000 a month from eating -- which was enough to quit her full-time job!

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    The Seattle Seahawks vs. San Francisco 49ers game took place back on Sunday, January 19. Despite the hype that was the Manning vs. Brady showdown, the NFC Championship game was definitely the one to watch that day. It ended in spectacular, even controversial, fashion, when the 49ers were about to take the lead in a last-ditch drive down the field. But the Seahawks' super-impressive defense stepped up and intercepted the ball in the end zone, culminating in what everyone couldn't stop talking about after the game: That infamous Richard Sherman interview.

    But here's something a little less controversial that's been making the rounds all week in the lead-up to the Super Bowl. A bunch of die-hard Seahawks fans were tasked with watching the NFC Championship game in complete and utter silence. That's right, not one word. If they succeeded, these members of the Seattle Youth Football League would walk away with $5,000. A huge and daunting task for even the most casual of football fans!

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    You know how everything changes when you become a mom? You spend nine months getting ready for this little person to enter your life -- you read the books, you set up the nursery, you oooh and aww over teeny-tiny newborn clothes ...

    And then they hand you the baby after going through what is likely to be the most physically demanding and painful experience of your life, and all you can think is -- holy crap, I made you!

    Well, we mamas might have made these kids, but they're the ones that made us moms.

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    Montreal native and tennis champ Eugenie Bouchard will make history on Thursday, as she becomes the first Canadian to play a semi-final match at the Australian Open. She is only the second Canadian to reach the semis in any of the four Grand Slam tournaments, and if she wins, she’ll be the first one ever to win a final.

    Even better than that though is that Bouchard came in as the underdog, ranked 30th in the world. Granted, being the 30th best tennis player on the planet is a pretty great accomplishment, but to win the number one spot, that’s a lot of places to climb against some pretty incredible talent.

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    A typical day at the office usually involves coffee, important meetings, creative brainstorms, game-faced strategizing, snacks and more coffee, and tons of hard work, right? Sure, of course it does, but not just all of that! From Spanx to poor punctuation in gossip posts, managing procrastination to Miley Cyrus, we've got A LOT running through our heads -- all day long.

    Thus, we here at The Stir thought we'd solve the mystery that is what women are really thinking while we're in those meetings and cubicles! If you thought everything we muse about in the office was all snoozey business all the time, whoo, are YOU in for a wake-up call!

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    It's one of those crimes that just leaves you shaking your head in despair. Sanaz Nezami was beaten to death by her husband. Smart and vibrant, she had just arrived to Michigan to pursue an advanced degree in engineering when his savagery left her brain dead. Far away from her family in Iran, they couldn't be there physically in her last moments, but the nurses at the hospital helped them say their final goodbyes over the Internet.

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    Call me repressed, but I would rather share my most intimate and embarrassing secret than talk about what I do on the toilet. And I'm not the only one. Some of us grew up thinking our toilets are dirty, secret places where we go to do our business -- and even turn on the faucet so company doesn't hear us -- and then flush and forget it ever happened. 

    But our thoughts about the potty might change sooner than we realize. The "toilet of the future" is headed our way and it honestly sounds like a porcelain miracle. It features a built-in screening system that can actually check your waste for kidney disease, diabetes, nutritional deficiencies, and even pregnancy. But before you run to put your name on a waiting list, ask yourself this: are you willing to get with the times by...squatting

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    In a time when guys choreograph wedding proposals specifically with hopes that the video of it will go viral, it's no surprise some families are creating "year in review" Christmas letters with the same aim! But some are more successful than others, and it looks like the Holderness family from Raleigh, North Carolina takes the cake this year. Dad Penn (an anchor for WNCN) and mom Kim (former anchor for WRAL), along with their kiddos Lola and Penn Jr., have produced a hilarious, adorable "card" entitled, "Christmas Jammies."

    Set to Will Smith's "Miami," the Holderness clan takes turns touting their greatest accomplishments of 2013 ... ultimately in an effort to tout the parents' new marketing and media company. But you won't mind the obvious, shameless plug, because not only are they pretty much the most attractive family ever, but the kids are ridiculously cute, and the video super-entertaining. It's kinda no wonder it has gone crazy viral!

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