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How many of you Potterheads rushed out to see Half Blood Prince this weekend? (I did!) NY Mag does a great job of ranking the Harry Potter Movies From "˜Riddikulus' to Brilliant that is essential for the Potter-inclined.
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There has been some dismay among linguists and anthropologists about how hill whistling and other local sounds from isolated regions are becoming extinct with younger generations embracing modernity. Fear not though, yodeling is still apparently very popular, even among the young folk!
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More "Monster-ization" of Jane Austen: "Sense and Sensibility and Sea Monsters." If zombies are more your thing, you might like these promo shirts.
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If you can't get away this summer, you can at least dream about it with this picture post of beautiful beaches. For more pretty pics that can also double as summery desktop backgrounds, check out these scenic landscapes.
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Flossy faithful Dail tells us, "You think your last attempt at lasagna was a disaster?  Check out some real food disasters:  The Great London Beer Flood of 1847 and Boston's Great Molasses Flood of 1919.  All told, more than 40 people died in these two 'food mishaps.'"
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Tricia has sent in a really fun and addicting (and for me personally, incredibly confounding) game called Contraption. Feel free to post high scores / levels - I cannot compete because my brain apparently does not function in a way this game requires!
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Check out this rundown of America's most bizarre and amazing miniature golf courses.
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Yummy Nerd Cakes

From Jan, check out some outstanding photography. You may be surprised to find that it's done by Tipper Gore!

Feel better about your home when you see the recipient of the 'Housekeeper of the Year' award goes to... (warning: contains sarcasm)
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I've found that I own several soundtracks to movies that I never want to watch again, but love the music anyway. In that spirit, here are Ten Original Singles Way Better than the Movies they Came From.
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Stand out from the crowd with these unique laptop sleeves.
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From my friend Ryan: "Go to the last page and read from the bottom.  It's an amazing story of a tenant/landlord relationship. Be sure to watch the video slideshow." (warning: language!)
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Flossy reader Nicole says, "Here are two sites that make you ask, "Why?" You may recognize them as oldie-but-goodie classics: Ugliest Tattoos and Hot Chicks with D-bags.
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Incredible picture taken by an amateur of lightening striking a boat.
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For the fashionistas, vintage Vogue fashions collected by decade.
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News one can only find from Ananova: A motorcyclist received a caution from police officers in China ... for riding without arms.

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25 Benefits of Adopting a Rescue Dog
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According to the ASPCA, 3.3 million dogs enter shelters each year in the United States. Although that number has gone down since 2011 (from 3.9 million) there are still millions of dogs waiting in shelters for a forever home. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month; here are 25 benefits of adopting a shelter dog.

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How Urban Legends Like 'The Licked Hand' Are Born
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If you compare the scary stories you heard as a kid with those of your friends—even those who grew up across the country from you—you’ll probably hear some familiar tales. Maybe you tried to summon Bloody Mary by chanting her name in front of the mirror three times in a dark bathroom. Maybe you learned never to wonder what’s under a woman’s neck ribbon. Maybe you heard the one about the girl who feels her dog lick her hand in the middle of the night, only to wake up to find him hanging dead from the shower nozzle, the words “humans can lick too” written on the wall in the dog’s blood.

These ubiquitous, spooky folk tales exist everywhere, and a lot of them take surprisingly similar forms. How does a single story like the one often called “Humans Can Lick Too” or "The Licked Hand" make its way into every slumber party in America? Thrillist recently investigated the question with a few experts, finding that most of these stories have very deep roots.

In the case of The Licked Hand, its origins go back more than a century. In the 1990s, Snopes found that a similar motif dates back to an Englishman’s diary entry from 1871. In it, the diary keeper, Dearman Birchall, retold a story he heard at a party of a man whose wife woke him up in the middle of the night, urging him to go investigate what sounded like burglars in their home. He told his wife that it was only the dog, reaching out his hand. He felt the dog lick his hand … but in the morning, all his valuables were gone: He had clearly been robbed.

A similar theme shows up in the short story “The Diary of Mr. Poynter,” published in 1919 by M.R. James. In it, a character dozes off in an armchair, and thinks that he is petting his dog. It turns out, it’s some kind of hairy human figure that he flees from. The story seems to have evolved from there into its presently popular form, picking up steam in the 1960s. As with any folk tale, its exact form changes depending on the teller: sometimes the main character is an old lady, other times it’s a young girl.

You’ll probably hear these stories in the context of happening to a “friend of a friend,” making you more likely to believe the tale. It practically happened to someone you know! Kind of! The setting, too, is probably somewhere nearby. It might be in your neighborhood, or down by the local railroad tracks.

Thrillist spoke to Dr. Joseph Stubbersfield, a researcher in the UK who studies urban legends, who says the kind of stories that spread widely contain both social information and emotional resonance. Meaning they contain a message—you never know who’s lurking in your house—and are evocative.

If something is super scary or gross, you want to share it. Stories tend to warn against something: A study of English-language urban legends circulating online found that most warned listeners about the hazards of life (poisonous plants, dangerous animals, dangerous humans) rather than any kind of opportunities. We like to warn each other of the dangers that could be lurking around every corner, which makes sense considering our proven propensity to focus on and learn from negative information. And yes, that means telling each other to watch out for who’s licking our hands in the middle of the night.

Just something to keep in mind as you eagerly await Jezebel’s annual scary story contest.

[h/t Thrillist]

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