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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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Why Tiny 'Hedgehog Highways' Are Popping Up Around London
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Hedgehogs as pets have gained popularity in recent years, but in many parts of the world, they're still wild animals. That includes London, where close to a million of the creatures roam streets, parks, and gardens, seeking out wood and vegetation to take refuge in. Now, Atlas Obscura reports that animal activists are transforming the city into a more hospitable environment for hedgehogs.

Barnes Hedgehogs, a group founded by Michel Birkenwald in the London neighborhood of Barnes four years ago, is responsible for drilling tiny "hedgehog highways" through walls around London. The passages are just wide enough for the animals to climb through, making it easier for them to travel from one green space to the next.

London's wild hedgehog population has seen a sharp decline in recent decades. Though it's hard to pin down accurate numbers for the elusive animals, surveys have shown that the British population has dwindled by tens of millions since the 1950s. This is due to factors like human development and habitat destruction by farmers who aren't fond of the unattractive shrubs, hedges, and dead wood that hedgehogs use as their homes.

When such environments are left to grow, they can still be hard for hedgehogs to access. Carving hedgehog highways through the stone partitions and wooden fences bordering parks and gardens is one way Barnes Hedgehogs is making life in the big city a little easier for its most prickly residents.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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Big Questions
Where Should You Place the Apostrophe in President's Day?
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Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" infers that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the nearly 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.


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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington/Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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