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15 years ago today, a group of seven preteens jumped in front of a camera for the first season finale of “Zoom” and performed some science experiments for a TV show that would be a hallmark for most of my generation’s childhoods. The show was filmed in WGBH studios in Allston, so most Zoomers were Boston natives. We decided to look into the original cast of the show and see what they’ve been up to since the it went off air, and to see if they still remembered how to speak in Ubbi Dubbi. More

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Harvard vs. Yale: How Well Do Ivy League Tailgaters Tackle SAT Questions?
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The battle of the Ivy League brawn comes together once a year at the greatly anticipated Harvard-Yale game. But while the athletes duke it out on the field, the fans throw down the gauntlet at respective tailgates. More

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Turkey Day Toast: 5 Massachusetts Beers to Pair With This Year’s Thanksgiving Dishes
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Much has been written about the parallels between beer and wine so we’ll skip the pretense, but really, if there’s one thing to take from it: These days it shouldn’t be out of place to see a Belgian quad or a Russian imperial stout instead of merlot or syrah next to the cranberry sauce or gravy boat at Thanksgiving. Beers can have just as much nuance as wine and often pair better with food. Some beers have a time and place. The following local brews deserve a spot on your table Thursday. More

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Massachusetts Residents Desperately Need a Butternut Squash Recipe, According to Google
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With Thanksgiving only two days away, Massachusetts residents are busy planning their elaborate Turkey Day meals. From standard fare like stuffing and mashed potatoes to oddities like celery and olives, everyone wants to wow their relatives with a new recipe. But according to Google, the recipe of the moment Massachusetts just has to have is for mashed butternut squash. More

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The ‘Jurassic World’ Trailer Is Here 2 Days Early, and It Looks Amazing
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Two days before it was set to debut, the trailer for “Jurassic World,” the latest dino adventure flick from executive producer Steven Spielberg, hit YouTube. And despite our worst fears after the terribleness of 2001′s “Jurassic Park III,” it looks pretty flippin’ amazing. More

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Moth StorySLAM: In Search of Organic Stories in the Internet Age
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If you use Facebook (71% of online adults), LinkedIn (22%), Twitter (19%), Instagram (17%) or any other web-based social network, you’ve digested someone’s perspective in what is the new standard storytelling format. Personal expression online allows the expresser to edit and format the stories they are telling. Meanwhile, readers are free to mute or interrupt, while multi-tasking if they choose. The experiences that “friends”, “connections” or “followers” share are non-linear. They can be started and stopped at will, perseverated on, or ignored completely. More

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Want to Be a Reality Star? Audition for ‘The Real Cape’ This Saturday
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Always dreamed of joining the cast of a Massachusetts-based reality show, but worried you wouldn’t fit in because your last name isn’t Wahlberg? You could have your chance this Saturday in North Falmouth, as the founders of beloved Cape blog “The Real Cape” are holding open auditions for a reality show of the same name. More

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Cooking Talks, Tuba Concerts, and More Thanksgiving Week Events in Boston
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Everybody loves Thanksgiving week: Three days of admittedly half-assed work followed by football, family, turkey naps, wine naps, and maybe putting on some khakis and a nice sweater and trying really hard not to say swear words in front of your significant other’s family. If you’re sticking around through the weekend, here’s some more stuff to do in Boston.

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It’s Official: Boston Has Been Named America’s Smartest City
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Coming off of a weekend that saw famed rapper and Twitter personality Lil B (the Based God) giving a lecture at MIT, Harvard hosting one of the year’s most spirited drunken tailgates, and a naked man falling through the ceiling into a women’s restroom at Logan Airport, it’s no surprise that Boston has been named the smartest city in America by Forbes. More

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This Month in Wrestling: Survivor Series Brings Back Sting, Ballroom Dancing, and ‘The Rack Attack’
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Last night, a middle-aged man dressed as Eric Draven walked into the Scottrade Center in St. Louis with a baseball bat, stared blankly at the executive vice president of a billion dollar company for a few hyper-dramatic seconds, then dropped the exec on his head. For many among the viewership, this was a downright tear-jerking moment.

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Today in Cats: Fundraising Campaign for Permanent Boston Cat Cafe Launched (Plus Photos From Saturday’s Catfest)
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Saturday was a historical day for Boston, as the Boston Center for the Arts played host to the city’s first cat cafe. But one woman has launched a fundraising campaign aiming to make a cat cafe in Boston a permanent fixture. More

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