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52: Top 5 xkcd Comics

  1. A-Minus-Minus

    This encapsulates what makes xkcd so great.  The characters lampoon the procedures of daily life through technology and clever non sequitur.  Easy to reference, this comic is hilarious and a great introduction to the website.
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52: Top 5 Tolkien Locations

  1. Helm’s Deep
    No battle in Tolkien’s works is more defined by the environment than the climactic battle of The Two Towers (although Weathertop comes close).  The ancient city where no army had ever been defeated oscillates between seeming an impregnable fortress and a certain tomb.  
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52: Top 5 Musical Artists of the 2000s

  1. The Mountain Goats

    Eight proper studio albums and a wide variety of incredible music in them makes John Darnielle’s legacy a tough one to beat.  It’s hard to highlight just one or two of these albums, because so many of them are top notch.  

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52: Top 5 Sites in Saint Petersburg

  1. Kazan Cathedral

    Modeled after St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, this early nineteenth century Orthodox church is beautiful on the inside and out.  Located on Nevsky Prospekt, the central location in the city makes it an easy place to get to and be around.  
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52: Top 5 Types of Tea

  1. English Breakfast
    Black with milk and sugar (or just milk), this classic blend is the perfect way to start each day.  While there are many similar forms of dark tea, the balance here between bitterness and flavor is divine.
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52: Top 5 Things I Took Away from the ACSI ICEC

  1. Academic Virtues
    One speaker (Philip E. Dow) at the Association of Christian Schools International International Christian Educators Conference spoke on the value of using terminology to describe intellectual character.  
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52: Top 5 Beatles

  1. John Lennon
    While John Lennon could not have done it on his own, perhaps he’s the one that would have been able to come closest to creating the Beatles with a different group of people.  
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