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This Week in Culture: January 3, 2014

Briefings By Photo by J.R.R. Tolkien
One of part-time doodler J.R.R. Tolkien's many illustrations.
Welcome To The Future In 1964, Isaac Asimov predicted what the world would look like in 2014. We might as well start calling him Nostradamus.
Where Ya’ll From? It’s a little old, but fun and eerily accurate: take this 25 question quiz on how you say certain words and it will tell you where you’re from.
Swimming With The Fishes “He went under, took in a mouthful of Atlantic Ocean and then surfaced, sputtering. He yelled as loud as he could, hoping to wake Sosinski, who was asleep on a bunk below the front deck. But the diesel engine was too loud, and the Anna Mary, on autopilot, moving due south at six and a half knots, was already out of reach, its navigation lights receding into the night. Aldridge shouted once more, panic rising in his throat, and then silence descended. He was alone in the darkness. A single thought gripped his mind: This is how I’m going to die” (spoiler- he didn’t).
Stop Stealing My Moment Looking to make a change in 2014? Try building something.
Yes We Cannabis New Year’s Day brought legal marijuana sales to Colorado. But beware — marijuana withdrawal might be real (okay, you just get some trippy dreams).
BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! BILL! August 2012: Bill Nye “The Science Guy” reported dead. February 2014: Bill Nye “The Science Guy” plans to debate evolution at the Creation Museum in Kentucky. Explain that, science.
Happy Birthday, Mr. Tolkien! Geek out over the recently digitized, rarely seen illustrations that J.R.R. Tolkien created for The Hobbit.
You’re Not Paid To Think, Mr. Scientist! A few weeks ago, we released our list of 50 Best Sci-Fi/Fantasy movies. Now, Popular Mechanics releases their list of the 10 best, as picked by “scientists”. We were 7/10. Sorry, Brazil. We just didn’t think you were that good.
If Walter White Were Asian… 3,000 Chinese police officers recently invaded a drug town, arresting 182 suspects and seizing three tons of crystal meth.
Wort Wort Watch a time lapse video of 12,400 gallons of beer fermenting. Thanks, Sierra Nevada.