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Your mom told you, your teacher told you, G.I. Joe told you — but you just wouldn't listen. Here are some humorous video reminders of things you should never do.
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From my friends over at UmpBump.com, a Rays vs Phils competition to correspond with the World Series. Except this has little to do with baseball. Instead,vote for your favorite Rays over Phils ... Philip Seymour Hoffman over Ray Romano, perhaps? Does Ray Charles trump Philip Rivers? Make your opinion known!
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The New Yorker gets hip to the jive by interviewing Randall Munroe of the web comic XKCD, and even participates in a comic battle.
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Now, Randall Monroe may draw simplistic cartoons, but there is an even easier way to create comics. I'm not sure if there's a way to link to the finished product, but if so send me yours for next week's links!
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From Andrea, they say you are what you eat ... but what if you eat what you are??
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If anyone out there is a fan of the ridiculousness that is CSI: Miami, you will enjoy this endless loop of Caruso one-liners.
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From Been-Seen.com, an old jumbo jet in Stockholm that's being turned into a jumbo hostel. Lots of good stuff over on Been-Seen—here's a look at Death Valley rocks that seem to be moving around on their own.

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A beautiful 3D book of the ABCs. Watch the video to see every page of this amazingly crafted tome.
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If you're looking to impress people with your coffee table and not just the books on top of it, the guys at StyleCrave found a pretty great one. (Though it looks like it's not for sale.)
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Atlanta has a restaurant called the Sun Dial on the top floor of a hotel skyscraper that rotates slowly over the course of your meal. Apparently the idea has caught on with houses as well.
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Just because: an Electron microscope image of a fly foot.
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Terribly amusing - carve your own virtual pumpkin (Thanks Jan!)
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A memory matching game - what's your fastest score?
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In this harsh economic climate, we may sometimes be reduced to bartering for our transactions. Regardless, doing so with drugs at a McDonald's is probably not a good idea.
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How familiar are you with classic candies? Take the quiz to find out!

Thanks for all the great links this week! Keep sending your submissions and internet arcana to FlossyLinks@gmail.com

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How Do You Stress the Word: THANKSgiving or ThanksGIVing?
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Here’s something else to stress about for Thanksgiving: where to put the stress in the word Thanksgiving.

If you’re from California, Iowa, or Delaware, you probably say ThanksGIVing, with the primary stress on the second syllable. If you’re from Georgia, Tennessee, or the Texas Panhandle, you probably say THANKSgiving, with the primary stress on the first syllable.

This north-south divide on syllable stress is found for other words like umbrella, guitar, insurance, and pecan. However, those words are borrowed from other languages (Italian, Spanish, French). Sometimes, in the borrowing process, competing stress patterns settle into regional differences. Just as some borrowed words get first syllable stress in the South and second syllable stress in the North, French words like garage and ballet get first syllable stress in the UK and second syllable stress in the U.S.

Thanksgiving, however, is an English word through and through. And if it behaved like a normal English word, it would have stress on the first syllable. Consider other words with the same noun-gerund structure just like it: SEAfaring, BAbysitting, HANDwriting, BULLfighting, BIRDwatching, HOMEcoming, ALMSgiving. The stress is always up front, on the noun. Why, in Thanksgiving alone, would stress shift to the GIVE?

The shift to the ThanksGIVing pronunciation is a bit of a mystery. Linguist John McWhorter has suggested that the loss of the stress on thanks has to do with a change in our concept of the holiday, that we “don’t truly think about Thanksgiving as being about thankfulness anymore.” This kind of thing can happen when a word takes on a new, more abstract sense. When we use outgoing for mail that is literally going out, we are likely to stress the OUT. When we use it as a description of someone’s personality ("She's so outgoing!"), the stress might show up on the GO. Stress can shift with meaning.

But the stress shift might not be solely connected to the entrenchment of our turkey-eating rituals. The thanksGIVing stress pattern seems to have pre-dated the institution of the American holiday, according to an analysis of the meter of English poems by Mark Liberman at Language Log. ThanksGIVing has been around at least since the 17th century. However you say it, there is precedent to back you up. And room enough to focus on both the thanks and the giving.

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Watch Boris Karloff's 1966 Coffee Commercial
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Horror legend Boris Karloff is famous for playing mummies, mad scientists, and of course, Frankenstein’s creation. In 1930, Karloff cemented the modern image of the monster—with its rectangular forehead, bolted neck, and enormous boots (allegedly weighing in at 11 pounds each)—in the minds of audiences.

But the horror icon, who was born 130 years ago today, also had a sense of humor. The actor appeared in numerous comedies, and even famously played a Boris Karloff look-alike (who’s offended when he’s mistaken for Karloff) in the original Broadway production of Arsenic and Old Lace

In the ’60s, Karloff also put his comedic chops to work in a commercial for Butter-Nut Coffee. The strange commercial, set in a spooky mansion, plays out like a movie scene, in which Karloff and the viewer are co-stars. Subtitles on the bottom of the screen feed the viewer lines, and Karloff responds accordingly. 

Watch the commercial below to see the British star selling coffee—and read your lines aloud to feel like you’re “acting” alongside Karloff. 

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