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The Weekend Links

This is my favorite link of the week, and possibly of all time. Jim Henson created a set of unexpectedly violent coffee commercials in the late 50s for a DC company that featured early prototypes of Muppet characters. Who can get away with puppet murder in prime time anymore?
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What's cooking good looking? Bon Appétit has provided us with a Blog Envy Slideshow for holiday dishes that will have your mouth watering! (Thanks Jan!)
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Reuters' Oddly Enough News constantly provides us with a plethora of bizarre stories (such as this one), and definitely wins the awards for most exclamation marks consistently used in news headlines, but I digress. Here's a list of their weirdest and wackiest of 2008.
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Gift guides are everywhere, and some are actually helpful. But what if the person you're getting a gift for is the kind who would think Fundies or a knitted dissected frog were excellent stocking stuffers? Truly bizarre Christmas gifts at your service. Actually, I've always thought a hand window sign might be a good idea, but only to wave thanks.
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The art of decay

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Book spines sorted to make a sentence, a comment, or a joke! Library fun doesn't have to involve the stacks in that way ...
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The Straight Dope teaches us why we don't have crazy amounts of ancestors (more specifically ... if you go back and multiply generations - 2 parents, 4 grandparents, 8 great-grandparents - 30 generations back we would all have 1 billion ancestors, or in some cases greater than the world population at the time. That's clearly not the case so ... what gives?)

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All sorts of things are doing art these days: elephants, babies ... trees? The idea of tree art is intriguing, but I'm not altogether convinced at their talent. Yet.
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From the Annals of Inanity, Jingle Cats.
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Scott sent in this link, whose URL says it all ... Drag Queen Pugs. Scott says, "it's still under construction, I believe, but some good shots none the less." Ladies and gentlemen, the internet.
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One of my friends sent me a link that I just can't explain it properly. If I tell you it's of girls being mad and crying, that doesn't sound funny. But trust me, it's very, very funny. In all honesty, this is how I sometimes react to Falcons' losses in close games.
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More rarely seen cloud formations.

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Besides my 5th grade diary, 6 Insane Discoveries That Science Can't Explain.
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Strange, funny and bizarre signs. Some are jokes, but all are funny.
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From the Department of Why Not? Comes a Beard Appreciation Blog. The facial hair style guide were interesting, but where's the Tom Selleck?
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From the Wall Street Journal, a historic look at U.S. presidents' job-approval ratings, and precipitating events.

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Remember to give the gift of links to FlossyLink@gmail.com this holiday season!

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A Very Brief History of Chamber Pots

Some of the oldest chamber pots found by archeologists have been discovered in ancient Greece, but portable toilets have come a long way since then. Whether referred to as "the Jordan" (possibly a reference to the river), "Oliver's Skull" (maybe a nod to Oliver Cromwell's perambulating cranium), or "the Looking Glass" (because doctors would examine urine for diagnosis), they were an essential fact of life in houses and on the road for centuries. In this video from the Wellcome Collection, Visitor Experience Assistant Rob Bidder discusses two 19th century chamber pots in the museum while offering a brief survey of the use of chamber pots in Britain (including why they were particularly useful in wartime).

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A Tour of the New York Academy of Medicine's Rare Book Room
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The Rare Book Room at the New York Academy of Medicine documents the evolution of our medical knowledge. Its books and artifacts are as bizarre as they are fascinating. Read more here.

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