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Bar exam: Tough old women and Cambridge poop banks
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It’s getting to the point where slushy, greying snow and black ice have topped the list of things you hate, beating out world hunger, bigotry, columns about lazy millennials, and the gov’ment. You’re sick of falling on your hands, and so you’ve stopped going outside on weekends. Your closest companion is now a cube-shaped lamp that is supposed to cure your seasonal affective disorder. You’ve begun talking to him, and you’ve made him a tiny hat. Listen: It’s time to leave the house. Take a cue from all the tough-as-nails women in the news this week, dress up Lampy in his finest fedora, and brave the ice so you can have a conversation with some real people. We’ll get you started with some small talk. More

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NHL All-Star Game rosters — if there was an All-Star Game this year
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Olympic hockey is a rare and wonderful thing. For a scant two weeks every four years, we get to see the superstars of the sport compete without concerns of contracts, salaries, incentives, and endorsements and play for the honor of national pride.

Which is great, although a bit boring.

The biggest downside of the men’s ice hockey tournament at the 2014 Sochi Olympics (aside from Zdeno Chara’s bed) is that it robs us of the madcap circus of showmanship, bravado, and carefree competition that is the NHL All-Star Game. More

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Bar talk: Sochi sucks, cigarettes suck, Bill Nye rules
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If this week’s news is any indication, nothing is impossible. A beloved children’s television host and a less-than-beloved singing southern leprechaun can leap out of obscurity and snatch headlines. The Russian government condones violent homophobia, but its restroom signs are hilarious and endearing. “I’m too rich” is a reasonable legal defense. And you, reader, can win over the crowd with these relevant conversation topics. More