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The Most Popular Posts on and Other Stuff We Liked This Past Week

Weltschmerz, neonaticide, and fraught mother-daughter relationships top the site this week.
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Every week, we share with you our top posts and some of our favorite reads from across the Web. Get all of this—and more—directly in your inbox by signing up for our twice-weekly newsletter.

Has recent news got you in a funk? You'll want to learn about Weltschmerz, the German word for "world pain" or your general sense of discontentment with the world. Plus, don't miss our Weekend Essay, a story that describes a fraught mother-daughter relationship.

1. The Babies in the Freezer

2. We Are All Confident Idiots

3. The Era of Our Discontent

4. The Damage Done: Can Distance Between a Mother and Daughter Be the Best Solution?

5. Don't Feed the Squirrels

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Plus, some fun picks from the Web. What we clicked on this week:

  • As the Serial podcast sits pretty atop the year-end pop culture pile-up and visions of Mail Kimps dance in the air, Slate gives us the top 25 podcast episodes of all time.

  • Could Cinderella's glass slipper physically exist without shattering? An important investigation by the folks at Gizmodo.