The Weekend Links

Many would argue the penny is useless. And maybe it is, as far as currency is concerned. But pennies can still be used for other amusing exploits. Dollar bills can also make for some intriguing art thanks to a laser and what I would imagine is a lot of time.
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20 Amazing Examples of Art from Obsolete Technology

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With color, there's always more than meets the eye. Exposure and response to certain colors have been know to alter behavior.
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Nostradamus may have gotten a prediction or two right, but he's got nothin' on Back to the Future Part II, and here are eleven reasons why.
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Consumers fight back! Customer Beats Robber with Ladder. First there was Superman, then Spiderman and now ... Caveman!
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I have two addictions, TV and chocolate (see what I did there?). But in all seriousness, regarding the latter, I'm not sure how I feel about this "Cocoa Pipe" that lets you literally inhale chocolate. Is it friend or foe?
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I am Guilty Citizen Number One when it comes to leaving computers on overnight, but as Jan has brought to our attention, there are 2.8 billion reasons not to.
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Conspiracy Corner: Was There A Curse Surrounding President Lincoln's Assassination? It seems those around him met similarly strange fates ....

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Yes Easter has come and gone and candy is cheap, but if you love Peeps you might enjoy learning how to make them from scratch. (Thanks Erin!)
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I don't know the who, what, when, where, why or how about this ... but I like it.

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Bohemian 8-bit Rhapsody will either amuse you or irritate you for infinity. Apparently there's a cult following for 8-bit songs, some of which they play in the middle of the night on 91.1 here in Atlanta when I'm too tired to fight back.
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Just because you're a genius doesn't mean you're a nice guy (or gal ... but in this case, guy). Here are five examples of smart guys who you might not have wanted to be friends with.
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Ok, bear with me. I'm including this link beyond the purpose of minor amusement and rather for the fact that it has its own website. I mean there is a URL devoted entirely to describing this one picture. What a world!
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Curious about that yogurt? Looking sideways at that jar of tomato sauce? Not sure if that fruit is supposed to be that color? Check out the handy Shelf Life Guide.
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I hope it's ok for me to post this, because it's amazing in so many ways ... full length Nick nostalgia shows to occupy hours of your time.
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For anyone curious, this comic pretty much sums up part of the behind-the-scenes action of me doing the Weekend Links.
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Casts don't have to be ugly. In fact, they can be beautiful and informative. And here I thought just having a colored cast was hip.

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I hope everyone has a resplendent weekend, and that wherever you are Spring has finally reached you! Keep sending in great links, blogs and pics to FlossyLinks@gmail.com.

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Feeling Down? Lifting Weights Can Lift Your Mood, Too
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There’s plenty of research that suggests that exercise can be an effective treatment for depression. In some cases of depression, in fact—particularly less-severe ones—scientists have found that exercise can be as effective as antidepressants, which don’t work for everyone and can come with some annoying side effects. Previous studies have largely concentrated on aerobic exercise, like running, but new research shows that weight lifting can be a useful depression treatment, too.

The study in JAMA Psychiatry, led by sports scientists at the University of Limerick in Ireland, examined the results of 33 previous clinical trials that analyzed a total of 1877 participants. It found that resistance training—lifting weights, using resistance bands, doing push ups, and any other exercises targeted at strengthening muscles rather than increasing heart rate—significantly reduced symptoms of depression.

This held true regardless of how healthy people were overall, how much of the exercises they were assigned to do, or how much stronger they got as a result. While the effect wasn’t as strong in blinded trials—where the assessors don’t know who is in the control group and who isn’t, as is the case in higher-quality studies—it was still notable. According to first author Brett Gordon, these trials showed a medium effect, while others showed a large effect, but both were statistically significant.

The studies in the paper all looked at the effects of these training regimes on people with mild to moderate depression, and the results might not translate to people with severe depression. Unfortunately, many of the studies analyzed didn’t include information on whether or not the patients were taking antidepressants, so the researchers weren’t able to determine what role medications might play in this. However, Gordon tells Mental Floss in an email that “the available evidence supports that [resistance training] may be an effective alternative and/or adjuvant therapy for depressive symptoms that could be prescribed on its own and/or in conjunction with other depression treatments,” like therapy or medication.

There haven’t been a lot of studies yet comparing whether aerobic exercise or resistance training might be better at alleviating depressive symptoms, and future research might tackle that question. Even if one does turn out to be better than the other, though, it seems that just getting to the gym can make a big difference.

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