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"¢ A great green initiative: amazing urban art utilizing plants, grass and moss.

"¢ From Dawn, have some fun with Google by typing the following phrases and clicking on "I'm Feeling Lucky" (seriously fun stuff—I'm going to make the black background search engine my new homepage): elgoog, google goth, google black, google fudd, google pig latin, google 1337, google linux, google klingon, and of course, google chuck norris.

"¢ Danish artist Peter Callesen creates beautiful pieces of art using only a single piece of paper. Some of our Flossy Readers are pretty talented with paper art themselves.

"¢ Here's this week's video from Michael Caruso at The Daily Tube ("The Best New Videos on the Web").

"¢ What do Paris Hilton, Kate Winslet, the native New Zealand bird the Pukeko, and yours truly have in common? We all have big feet. An energy commercial from New Zealand features these big-footed creatures (the Pukeko that is, not Paris and Kate) with adorable results.

"¢ The Washington City Paper recently featured an article about a chef who came to a staff writer's home to sift through his pantry and create an amazing meal with whatever he found. To do this for yourself, try Cookin' with Google—it can help sort out what to make for dinner by asking you to list the assortment of goods and leftovers in your kitchen.

"¢ Jason apologizes for yesterday's lack of a Friday Happy Hour. He has no good excuse, but several mediocre ones (internet problems, accompanying his wife to a doctor's appointment, heavy rain). The Happy Hour will be back next week.

"¢ We've all seen Power of 10 animations, but here's a cool site that lets you manipulate it for yourself. Go from the Milky Way to the subatomic level of a simple leaf, a journey from one end of the spectrum to the other as far as we can fathom (Thanks Paul!)

"¢ With the economy hitting rock bottom, frugality is key. But that doesn't mean you can't still take vacations ... just be smart about them. Consider then the European Sewer Safari, and this helpful guide on how to find some fantastic filth.

"¢ Speaking of saving cash; if you're trying to do so by not eating out, yet still crave those delicious foods from your favorite restaurants, check out this link to Top Secret Recipes (http://www.topsecretrecipes.com/home.asp); a guide to duplicating some of your favorite dishes.

"¢ From Angie: "I've had two friends work in Antarctica. They both have done 2-3 summers there and one of them did an entire winter as well. It's tough not seeing the sun for a couple of months. Anyway, one of them sent me a link to the NPR story on Antarctica and said that it was an accurate account of the place. Since most people don't know anything about Antarctica, I thought I'd pass it on." Discover for yourself!

"¢ Some seriously AMAZING cakes that I don't think I could ever eat for fear of messing 'em up! But it would seem a shame to let them go to waste ...

"¢ This might be right up the alley of some of you Flossers (I know it makes me want to take up the cause): One man's valiant attempts to right the typo wrongs across America. Scroll through his picture gallery to see what good he's done so far.

"¢ God forbid ... what if life was really like Facebook? A hilarious and spot-on clip from England. (Here's the obligatory mention of the mental_floss Facebook page.)

"¢ From Celeste: if you think your job's the pits, try working for one of these fictional companies from TV. I just started season 2 of Lost (I know, I'm JUST catching up), and I have to say that so far, I still might take my chances with the Dharma initiative. But what's up with that Doomsday button? Don't tell me!

"¢ In case you missed any wisdom from special guest blogger Patricia O'Conner's, here's a recap. Yesterday: Five Lessons in Punctuation. Wednesday: Five Lessons in Grammar. Tuesday: Debunking Etymological Myths. Monday: Debunking Grammar Myths.

"¢ I don't know about you guys, but I for one have a had a long and tiresome week. Here's a good way to end it: a beautiful and soothing time lapse video of cherry blossom trees in Brooklyn.

You guys have been fantastic about sending in links! Keep it up! Send all pictures, links and shameless plugs to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. Have a fantastic weekend!

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Need to Calm Yourself Down? Try This Military-Approved Breathing Technique
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Whether you’re dealing with co-worker chaos or pressure to perform on a project, it’s difficult to excel at work when you're extremely stressed. Can’t escape the office? Take a cue from real-life soldiers and try a technique called tactical breathing—also known as combat breathing, four-count breathing, and diaphragmatic breathing—to lower your heart rate and regain control of your breath.

“It’s one you can use when things are blowing up around you”—both literally and figuratively—“and you need to be able to stay calm,” explains clinical psychologist Belisa Vranich, who demonstrates a version of tactical breathing in Tech Insider’s video below.

Vranich is the author of 2016’s Breathe: The Simple, Revolutionary 14-Day Program to Improve your Mental and Physical Health. Watch, learn, and—of course—inhale and exhale along with her until you feel zen enough to salvage the remainder of your workday.

[h/t Business Insider]

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10 Creepy Candles to Get You in the Halloween Mood
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Candles are always a handy household accessory, but they're especially useful around Halloween, when they can be used to light jack-o'-lanterns, summon spirits, or simply brighten a long, dark night. These spooky lights are more suited for tabletops than pumpkins, or soirees than seances, but they'll still make your upcoming costume shindig extra festive (and fragrant, to boot).

1. KISA CANDLE

PyroPet’s cat-shaped Kisa candle looks like an ordinary wax feline. But as it melts, a hidden surprise reveals itself: a macabre metallic skeleton with charred bones and bared fangs.

The Kisa candle costs $34 and comes in three colors: pink, gray, and an ultra-spooky black. Not into cats? Additional PyroPet offerings include birds, bunnies, reindeer, owls, and dragons, all with the same silver framework.

2. BRAIN CANDLE

Brain candle by Creepy Candles
Creepy Candles

This specimen-inspired candle by Etsy seller Creepy Candles would look equally at place in a mad scientist’s laboratory as it would at a Halloween soiree. A wax brain is suspended in green-tinted gel that resembles formaldehyde, but the candle itself thankfully smells like grapefruit. The Brain Candle costs $25 and is handmade to order.

3. HUMAN SPINE CANDLES

Beeswax human spine candles, set of three, by Grave Digger Candles
Grave Digger Candles

Grow a spine this Halloween—or at least buy one. These notched beeswax pillar candles are inspired by the Victorian Era, a period in which physicians created detailed wax models of flayed corpses to teach medical students the literal ins and outs of anatomy. Etsy seller Grave Digger Candles sells them in sets of three for $76.

4. OUIJA BOARD CANDLE

LED battery-operated Ouija board candle by Twisted Nightmares
Twisted Nightmares

This Ouija board-inspired, LED battery-operated candle probably won’t summon spirits, but it’s still spine-tinglingly spooky. Sold by Etsy user Twisted Nightmares, it costs $20 and requires three AAA batteries, which aren’t included with purchase.

5. BLEEDING HEART CANDLE

Bleeding Heart Candle by Cozy Custom Candles
Cozy Custom Candles

Love guts, blood, and Gothic romance? Your heart might bleed for this candle, which turns into a gushing heart when lit. Sold by Etsy seller Cozy Custom Candles, the heart-shaped light source has a white outer shell made from a high-melt point paraffin wax, while its core is made of a red-colored wax blend with a low melting point. The candle hemorrhages vital fluids as it burns, making it the perfect accessory for a bloody good time.

The Bleeding Heart Candle costs $17 and comes in multiple autumnal scents, including caramel apple, pumpkin pie, and sweet cinnamon-pumpkin.

6. PICK YOUR POISON CANDLES

Pick Your Poison candle by Mr. Toad's House of Wax
Mr. Toad's House of Wax

The “Pick Your Poison” candles by Etsy seller Mr. Toad’s House of Wax appear to have been snatched from the shelf of a Victorian apothecarist. But while labeled “Poison Hemlock Oil” and “Tincture of Wolfsbane Poison,” they smell like fresh fallen leaves, pumpkin spice, and other autumnal scents when lit. Both candles cost $21, and are embellished with a sparkly jewel and black velvet ribbon.

7. CREEPY WOODS & GRAVEYARD DIRT CANDLE

Woods & Earth candle by Geeky Girl Scents
Geeky Girl Scents

There’s nothing quite like the aroma of trees and fresh graveyard dirt on a fall night. With hints of wood and earth, this candle by Etsy seller Geek Girl Scents will make your living room smell like a haunted cemetery. An eight-ounce jar costs $15, and a 16-ounce version is also available.

8. WITCH FARTS CANDLE

Witch Farts Scented Soy Wax Candle by The Candle Crate
The Candle Crate

If you’ve ever wondered what witch gas smells like (who hasn’t?), you can find out by purchasing The Candle Crate’s flaming ode to supernatural flatulence. The Etsy seller’s “Witch Farts” candle is more Glinda the Good Witch than Elphaba, with top notes of peach, apricot, and blackberries and middle notes of mandarin, cinnamon, and rose.

The soy wax candle costs $12, and is sold alongside other witchy, Harry Potter-inspired products like “Number 12 Grimmauld Place” and “The Leaky Cauldron.”

9. GHOST REPELLENT CANDLE

Ghost Repellent candle by Nola And Neighbors
Nola And Neighbors

Even if you ain’t afraid of no ghosts, you can still keep them at bay with this “Ghost Repellent” candle by Etsy sellers Nola And Neighbors. It smells like lavender and sage, and comes with an instruction label informing owners to light it “at dusk or dawn” for best results—although the ghost’s removal is “not guaranteed.” At $17, it’s still way cheaper than hiring the Ghostbusters.

10. ZOMBIE GOLDEN GIRLS PRAYER CANDLE SET

Zombie Golden Girls prayer candle set by The Eternal Flame
The Eternal Flame

Golden Girls devotees who’d follow the Fab Four to the grave and beyond can light up their lanais with these zombie prayer candles by Etsy shop The Eternal Flame. They come in sets of four (one for each Girl, naturally) and cost $40. Color choices include white, orange, and purple.

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