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Morning Cup of Links: Vampires, Werewolves, and Pelicans

10 Things You Didn’t Know About Vampires. Like, eating garlic isn't your only defense against them, just the tastiest.
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The Gregory Brothers know how to make a political debate entertaining. Just add music, auto-tune the candidates, and give Candy Crowley a keytar.
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A 36-year-old murder case was solved with DNA technology. Read about the clever scheme to get a sample from the number one suspect.
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19 Creative Costumes For Babies Who Are Too Young To Walk. Just remember, everyone knows those infants aren't the ones eating the candy you extort.
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You want to go for a swim, but the pool is really cold. See how two German brothers dealt with this problem. NSFW language.
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Amazing Facts About Pelicans! Oh, you knew they were odd birds, but they are even stranger when you get to know them.
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The Kunsthal Museum in the Netherlands saw $65 million in art disappear last Tuesday. The thieves evaded the security measures smoothly, raising suspicions that it may have been an inside job.
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The LEGO Batman movie trailer. Batman teams up with Superman and the rest of the Justice League in a feature-length film based on the video game.
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Dave on Wheels: The quadriplegic blogger who turned out to be a hoax. We often don't see where communication and news give way to show business on the internet.
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Historic Werewolves. Even if there is no such thing, a few folks were labeled as wolves in the historical record.

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These $425 Jeans Can Turn Into Jorts
May 19, 2017
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Modular clothing used to consist of something simple, like a reversible jacket. Today, it’s a $425 pair of detachable jeans.

Apparel retailer Opening Ceremony recently debuted a pair of “2 in 1 Y/Project” trousers that look fairly peculiar. The legs are held to the crotch by a pair of loops, creating a disjointed C-3PO effect. Undo the loops and you can now remove the legs entirely, leaving a pair of jean shorts in their wake. The result goes from this:

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To this:

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The company also offers a slightly different cut with button tabs in black for $460. If these aren’t audacious enough for you, the Y/Project line includes jumpsuits with removable legs and garter-equipped jeans.

[h/t Mashable]

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This First-Grade Math Problem Is Stumping the Internet
May 17, 2017
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If you’ve ever fantasized about how much easier life would be if you could go back to elementary school, this math problem may give you second thoughts. The question first appeared on a web forum, Mashable reports, and after recently resurfacing, it’s been perplexing adults across social media.

According to the original poster AlmondShell, the bonus question was given to primary one, or first grade students, in Singapore. It instructs readers to “study the number pattern” and “fill in the missing numbers.” The puzzle, which comprises five numbers and four empty circles waiting to be filled in, comes with no further explanation.

Some forum members commented with their best guesses, while others expressed disbelief that this was a question on a kid’s exam. Commenter karrotguy illustrates one possible answer: Instead of looking for complex math equations, they saw that the figure in the middle circle (three) equals the amount of double-digit numbers in the surrounding quadrants (18, 10, 12). They filled out the puzzle accordingly.

A similar problem can be found on the blog of math enthusiast G.R. Burgin. His solution, which uses simple algebra, gets a little more complicated.

The math tests given to 6- and 7-year-olds in other parts of the world aren’t much easier. If your brain isn’t too worn out after the last one, check out this maddening problem involving trains assigned to students in the UK.

[h/t Mashable]

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