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The Weekend Links

Would the world be a better place if we had jetpacks? There's a strong possibility.

If you have a soft spot for potentially exploitative black and white movies with dogs dressed as humans and dubbed with voices from 1928, then this completely weird but awesome video from Jill will be just your cup of tea.

I've posted several origami links in the past, because my own inadequacies in the field make me exceedingly impressed by anyone who can do it. Here's another example - a guy who can do complex origami blindfolded in under two minutes, with a lovely cello accompaniment.

Of course, another round up of the Craziest Shoes in the World (part deux)

A pretty cool interactive Olympic map that tallies up medals won by countries. Play around with the timeline feature, and notice how countries who are hosting the Olympics do significantly better with the home-field advantage (no big surprise there I suppose)

Speaking of the Olympics (warning: nerd alert! nerd alert!) - a video from Meg with World of Warcraft characters singing the Olympic song. Yes it's in Chinese, but yes it's still ridiculous and funny (but not as jaw dropping and astounding as the opening ceremonies last night!!)

Have you ever noticed simple items in your household bearing a tag such as "Patent No. 2938402394"? Have you ever wondered what some of those other 2938402393 patents are? Here's a website with some very strange (and in some cases, wonderful) patents. (Thanks Paul!)

Another set of great musical links from Rachel - first, lots of musicians, one note each, followed by one instrument and several people playing it, and finally, one man, one cello, and plenty of different sounds. (Side note one this last link - the guy is brilliant, but that video could use some upgrades ...)

It's hard finding a job these days, so perhaps your best bet is to not take no for an answer.

This one goes out to the bibliophiles - a collection of stunning, beautiful photos of yes, libraries.

Here's a way to floss the gray matter this weekend - attempt to name these countries on a map (Harder than it looks!)

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Since I seem to have Olympic fever, I managed to find pictures of an amazing Beijing garden, which definitely puts a great many crafted foliage exhibits to shame.

A note on writing style from the peerless Kurt Vonnegut.

A few more Picassoheads this week from your fellow Flossers:
"wind curse" by catastrophic
"advice" by Mikey
"a tribute to doisneau" also by Mikey, who is rather talented in the MrPicassoHead ways

Last but not least ... lil laugh of the week

Keep sending in great links, pictures and whatnot to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. Have a fantastic weekend!

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead
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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

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