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Whilst en route from Philly to Atlanta yesterday, I perused the SkyMall catalogue as I would a book of Freakish Creatures of the Deep - with fear, interest and plenty of amusement. For those of you not traveling over the holidays, join in the fun by looking at the best and worst of the SkyMall catalogue, 2008 edition, which includes the Slanket.
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Chimpanzee riding on a Segway. Yes, of course it's from an Asian TV show. And who can deny how catchy that song is?
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As an impatient blog reader, I like lists with lots of pictures. These 50 best astronomy photos of 2008 will not disappoint. Still, after awhile it makes me feel like Charlie Brown and Lucy looking up at the stars until Charlie Brown says, "I'm starting to feel insignificant ... let's go inside and watch some TV."

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From my new favorite Flosser Rebecca, "What would the novel Pride and Prejudice be like if it was enacted through a Facebook news feed? You no longer need to ask." If only Facebook were, indeed, so civil and full of repression! Although if that sort of thing doesn't amuse you, you might enjoy this Abridged Classic video version of Becoming Jane instead.
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For those who love both wine and recycling, here's a hotel where rooms are in 15,000 litre wine barrels. Or how about an airplane turned into a hostel?
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Hmm, who would make the best choice to replace Obama's senate seat? Plaxico Burress perhaps? Why not. Also check out the City Paper's rundown (with jokes!) of the year's 10 best viral music videos.

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If you're going through Christmas withdrawal, considering browsing through this site of bad Christmas sweaters, which will hopefully quell your nostalgia.

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Microscopic art that will amaze you on a grand scale. I love that the artist says, "it's misery, I hate working on it."
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Cat vs. Box
. Box nearly wins. Mostly I just like the final look on the cat's face. In related news, firemen still save cats.
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Mentioning freaking creatures of the deep made me look some up - here's a list, although some are just plain old odd land animals.

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21 Excellent Web Apps For College Students. Except they forgot this one.
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Sand sculptures that will put your vacation sand castle to shame.

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Video of how Legos are made.

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Hope everyone is having a great New Year - remember to make a resolution to keep sending in great links to FlossyLinks@gmail.com in 2009!

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"
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