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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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A Simple Way to Charge Your iPhone in 5 Minutes
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Spotting the “low battery” notification on your phone is usually followed by a frantic search for an outlet and further stress over the fact that you may not have time for a full charge. On iPhones, plugging your device into the wall for five minutes might result in only a modest increase of about three percent or so. But this tip from Business Insider Tech may allow you to squeeze out a little more juice.

The trick? Before charging, put your phone in Airplane Mode so that you reduce the number of energy-sucking tasks (signal searching, fielding incoming communications) your device will try and perform.

Next, take the cover off if you have one (the phone might be generating extra heat as a result). Finally, try to use an iPad adapter, which has demonstrated a faster rate of charging than the adapter that comes with your iPhone.

Do that and you’ll likely double your battery boost, from about three to six percent. It may not sound like much, but that little bit of extra juice might keep you connected until you’re able to plug it in for a full charge.

[h/t Business Insider Tech]

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Trying to Save Money? Avoid Shopping on a Smartphone
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Today, Americans do most of their shopping online—but as anyone who’s indulged in late-night retail therapy likely knows, this convenience often can come with an added cost. Trying to curb expenses, but don't want to swear off the convenience of ordering groceries in your PJs? New research shows that shopping on a desktop computer instead of a mobile phone may help you avoid making foolish purchases, according to Co. Design. Ying Zhu, a marketing professor at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, recently led a study to measure how touchscreen technology affects consumer behavior. Published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, her research found that people are more likely to make more frivolous, impulsive purchases if they’re shopping on their phones than if they’re facing a computer monitor. Zhu, along with study co-author Jeffrey Meyer of Bowling Green State University, ran a series of lab experiments on student participants to observe how different electronic devices affected shoppers’ thinking styles and intentions. Their aim was to see if subjects' purchasing goals changed when it came to buying frivolous things, like chocolate or massages, or more practical things, like food or office supplies. In one experiment, participants were randomly assigned to use a desktop or a touchscreen. Then, they were presented with an offer to purchase either a frivolous item (a $50 restaurant certificate for $30) or a useful one (a $50 grocery certificate for $30). These subjects used a three-point scale to gauge how likely they were to purchase the offer, and they also evaluated how practical or frivolous each item was. (Participants rated the restaurant certificate to be more indulgent than the grocery certificate.) Sure enough, the researchers found that participants had "significantly higher" purchase intentions for hedonic (i.e. pleasurable) products when buying on touchscreens than on desktops, according to the study. On the flip side, participants had significantly higher purchase intentions for utilitarian (i.e. practical) products while using desktops instead of touchscreens. "The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers' favor of hedonic products; while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers' preference for utilitarian products," Zhu explains in a press release. The study also found that participants using touchscreen technology scored significantly higher on "experiential thinking" than subjects using desktop computers, whereas those with desktop computers demonstrated higher scores for rational thinking. “When you’re in an experiential thinking mode, [you crave] excitement, a different experience,” Zhu explained to Co. Design. “When you’re on the desktop, with all the work emails, that interface puts you into a rational thinking style. While you’re in a rational thinking style, when you assess a product, you’ll look for something with functionality and specific uses.” Zhu’s advice for consumers looking to conserve cash? Stow away the smartphone when you’re itching to splurge on a guilty pleasure. [h/t Fast Company]

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