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The Weekend Links

From SomeGreyBloke, What Facebook Is For. Comic gold that includes gems such as "PIAF ... little joke there for people who like acronyms and deceased French warblers." (Thanks Jan!)
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My estimable co-worker Nick sent me this fascinating little news headline for your Weird News Weekend, "Man Distracted By Cher Shoots Wife" (we can laugh at this because she's ok).
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Speaking of great headlines, an oldie but goodie from The Onion: CIA Realizes It's Been Using Black Highlighters All These Years
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Don't let anyone tell you you are too old for crayons; Flossy friend Larry has found some rad crayon art.
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Why if the real world operated like Facebook or MySpace? There would probably be real life Rick Rolls
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Scary-good Face Painting

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The 15 Strangest College Courses In America that you wish you had! I enjoyed my upper level Animals, Cannibals and Vegetables class immensely. What were/are some of your favorite odd classes, Flossers?
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It's never too early to start planning next year's super elaborate Halloween costume.
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Brain warp causation alert: glow in the dark dancers
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Global geography quiz to play alone or with other people. Click "visit" to enter without signing in. Any high scores? I describe my score as "middling."
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Brighten up your computer desktop with these beautiful and unique offerings.
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Now for a slew of pictures - first, 15 of the World's Most Fabulous and Funky Furniture Sets

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Secondly, 50 Strange Buildings of the World
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And finally, Fantastic and Unique Shapes of Mushrooms!

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Last weekend I had a list of unfortunate cakes gone wrong, so to counteract here's a list of really cool ones gone right.
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Use money origami to keep your money close by turning it into a fashion accessory, or make gifts of cash more interesting.
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Warm Springs, Georgia may boast the waters that FDR used as a restorative, but here are 7 other amazing hot springs in the world (many of which may be too hot to handle!)
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As spring slowly approaches and you spend less time sitting at your computer browsing internet oddities in favor of the outdoors, don't slack on sending in links! Findings, pictures, blogs and whatnot can all be directed to: FlossyLinks@gmail.com, or find me on twitter (FlossyAlli). Have a great week!

[Last Weekend's Links]

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The Secret World War II History Hidden in London's Fences

In South London, the remains of the UK’s World War II history are visible in an unlikely place—one that you might pass by regularly and never take a second look at. In a significant number of housing estates, the fences around the perimeter are actually upcycled medical stretchers from the war, as the design podcast 99% Invisible reports.

During the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the UK’s Air Raid Precautions department worked to protect civilians from the bombings. The organization built 60,000 steel stretchers to carry injured people during attacks. The metal structures were designed to be easy to disinfect in case of a gas attack, but that design ended up making them perfect for reuse after the war.

Many London housing developments at the time had to remove their fences so that the metal could be used in the war effort, and once the war was over, they were looking to replace them. The London County Council came up with a solution that would benefit everyone: They repurposed the excess stretchers that the city no longer needed into residential railings.

You can tell a stretcher railing from a regular fence because of the curves in the poles at the top and bottom of the fence. They’re hand-holds, designed to make it easier to carry it.

Unfortunately, decades of being exposed to the elements have left some of these historic artifacts in poor shape, and some housing estates have removed them due to high levels of degradation. The Stretcher Railing Society is currently working to preserve these heritage pieces of London infrastructure.

As of right now, though, there are plenty of stretchers you can still find on the streets. If you're in the London area, this handy Google map shows where you can find the historic fencing.

[h/t 99% Invisible]

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Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)
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For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, UglyChristmasSweater.com sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.

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