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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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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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