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"¢ From Kevin, an amazing, giant beautiful moth from Australia. Personally, I think moths are underrated, and often more intriguing than their fragile fellow fliers, the butterfly.

"¢ Catastic! Cats who look just like Wilford Brimley. Also check out this video game hack for the ultimate Wilford Brimley experience.

"¢ Hmmm, what do horror-punkers read? Take a look into the wild world of Glenn Danzig's book collection ... narrated by Danzig himself. (Thanks Pat for this jewel.)


"¢ Ron Burgundy interviews Tom Brokaw. (Via The Daily Tube, home of The Best New Videos on the Internet.)

"¢ Here are 10 cool cloud formations you may not have seen. I was lucky enough to witness #2 on this list, Mammatous Clouds, the other evening. Stunning. But then again, I'm a weather nerd.

"¢ Also from Kevin, an in depth look at whether our brains change when we go into space.

"¢ An Indiana Jones sports quiz from Page 2. Only serious fans of both need apply. The questions left me baffled, but I applaud anyone who can score well.

"¢ If you're looking for listening material, Bill Simmons recently welcomed Chuck Klosterman to The B.S. Report podcast. Chuck never responded to our internship offer.

"¢ One of the funniest things I've read in quite some time ... Jack Handey graces The New Yorker's "Shouts and Murmurs" feature with a fantastic piece.

"¢ Anyone excited for the Stanley Cup Finals? If you're watching and Detroit fans start tossing octopuses on the ice, here's a brief explanation:

"Every sport has its own strange traditions. I'd argue hockey's 'throwing an octopus on the ice for good luck' is the weirdest. Tossing the eight-tentacled cephalopod was the brainchild of Detroit storeowners Pete & Jerry Cusimano. The date: April 15, 1952. The logic: one tentacle for each of the eight victories it took to win the Stanley Cup back then. Later that spring, most likely fueled by the good luck octopus, the Red Wings won the title. PETA has objected to this practice, which continues to this day. The Red Wings mascot is not a Red Wing, but Al the Octopus."

"¢ From Flossy reader Tony, another great article: 10 Things You Didn't Know about Ol' Blue Eyes, Frank Sinatra.

"¢ A series of pictures documenting what happens when eggs freeze. Something I hadn't ever really considered, but the results are eggshellent.

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"¢ From Jason: "I'm on some pretty strange mailing lists. Usually the non-bills & magazines go straight from the mailbox to the trash. But this one intrigued me enough to call on the floss army for an explanation. Anyone speak...whatever language this is? What's going on here? My money's on 'root beer ad.'"

[Update: Miss Cellania is on the same strange mailing list.)

"¢ A plethora of links this week from Angie. First: How do you add up? Here's a 1930s "wife rating chart" to be thankful at how far we've come.

An incredible video made with a Mac OSX Leopard desktop by digital filmmaker Dennis Liu.

"¢ Number 234879 in the list of Great Inventions: Transparent Post-Its!

"¢ Finally, the Lovely Picture of the Week.

Thanks as always to everyone who sent in such great links this week! Clean out your favorites list, drum up some shameless plugs, or just send forth any linkage to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. Have a great long weekend!

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Every New Movie, TV Series, and Special Coming to Netflix in May
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Netflix is making way for loads of laughs in its library in May, with a handful of original comedy specials (Steve Martin, Martin Short, Carol Burnett, Tig Notaro, and John Mulvaney will all be there), plus the long-awaited return of Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. Here’s every new movie, TV series, and special making its way to Netflix in May.

MAY 1

27: Gone Too Soon

A Life of Its Own: The Truth About Medical Marijuana

Amelie

Barbie Dreamhouse Adventures: Season 1

Beautiful Girls

Darc

God's Own Country

Hachi: A Dog's Tale

Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay

Hellboy II: The Golden Army

High School Musical 3: Senior Year

John Mulaney: Kid Gorgeous Live at Radio City

Mr. Woodcock

My Perfect Romance

Pocoyo & Cars

Pocoyo & The Space Circus

Queens of Comedy: Season 1

Reasonable Doubt

Red Dragon

Scream 2

Shrek

Simon: Season 1

Sliding Doors

Sometimes

The Bourne Ultimatum

The Carter Effect

The Clapper

The Reaping

The Strange Name Movie

Yu-Gi-Oh! Arc-V: Season 2

MAY 2

Jailbreak

MAY 4

A Little Help with Carol Burnett

Anon

Busted!: Season 1

Dear White People: Volume 2

End Game

Forgive Us Our Debts

Kong: King of the Apes: Season 2

Manhunt

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Tina Fey

No Estoy Loca

The Rain: Season 1

MAY 5

Faces Places

MAY 6

The Joel McHale Show with Joel McHale

MAY 8

Desolation

Hari Kondabolu: Warn Your Relatives

MAY 9

Dirty Girl

MAY 11

Bill Nye Saves the World: Season 3

Evil Genius: the True Story of America's Most Diabolical Bank Heist

Spirit Riding Free: Season 5

The Kissing Booth

The Who Was? Show: Season 1

MAY 13

Ali Wong: Hard Knock Wife

MAY 14

The Phantom of the Opera

MAY 15

Girlfriends' Guide to Divorce: Season 4

Grand Designs: Seasons 13 - 14

Only God Forgives

The Game 365: Seasons 15 - 16

MAY 16

89

Mamma Mia!

The 40-Year-Old Virgin

The Kingdom

Wanted

MAY 18

Cargo

Catching Feelings

Inspector Gadget: Season 4

MAY 19

Bridge to Terabithia

Disney’s Scandal: Season 7

Small Town Crime

MAY 20

Some Kind of Beautiful

MAY 21

Señora Acero: Season 4

MAY 22

Mob Psycho 100: Season 1

Shooter: Season 2

Terrace House: Opening New Doors: Part 2

Tig Notaro Happy To Be Here

MAY 23

Explained

MAY 24

Fauda: Season 2

Survivors Guide to Prison

MAY 25

Ibiza

Steve Martin and Martin Short: An Evening You Will Forget for the Rest of Your Life

The Toys That Made Us: Season 2

Trollhunters: Part 3

MAY 26

Sara's Notebook

MAY 27

The Break with Michelle Wolf

MAY 29

Disney·Pixar's Coco

MAY 30

Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt: Season 4

MAY 31

Bombshell: The Hedy Lamarr Story

My Next Guest Needs No Introduction With David Letterman: Howard Stern

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The First-Ever Troop of Homeless Girl Scouts Just Crushed Their Cookie Sales Goal
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Selling 32,500 boxes of cookies in a single week would be noteworthy for any team of Girl Scouts, but it's an especially sweet achievement for Troop 6000: The New York City-based chapter is the first-ever Girl Scout troop composed entirely of children living in homeless shelters.

According to NBC News, this season marked the first time the troop took part in the organization's annual cookie sale tradition. In early April, they received exclusive permission to set up shop inside the Kellogg's Café in Union Square. They kicked off their inaugural stand sale aiming to sell at least 6000 boxes of cookies: At the end of six days, they had sold more than 32,500.

Some customers waited in line an hour to purchase boxes from the history-making young women. Others gave their money directly to the troop, collectively donating over $15,000 to fund trips and activities. After purchasing their cookies, customers could also buy special Girl Scout cookie-inspired menu items from the Kellogg's store, with all proceeds going to Troop 6000.

The troop formed in 2016 as a collaboration between the Girl Scouts of Greater New York, Mayor de Blasio, and the city Department of Homeless Services. Meetings are held in shelters across the city, and many of the troop leaders, often mothers of the scouts, are homeless women themselves. About 40 percent of New York's homeless population are children, and Troop 6000 had to expand last summer to accommodate a flood of new recruits. Today, there are about 300 girls enrolled in the program.

[h/t NBC News]

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