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The Weekend Links

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A great find from my friend Ryan - hysterical Cleveland tourism videos. If the first take doesn't have you loving Cleveland, than the second definitely will. Remember the Cleveland motto: Hey, at least we're not Detroit! Any Cleveland denizens out there care to rebut?
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Learn your pre-history with the Paleobet - a really cute and informative paleontological alphabet!
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If you ding a parked car, you leave a note. But what if you burglarize one?
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Some extremely creative grave markers. Are some of these photoshopped? Maybe I'm just a cynic!
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Need to get away for awhile? Try being like the invisible man, and just become part of the scenery.
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Dating can be difficult and awkward, but how much more awkward is a Skype date? One brave columnist dared to find out (complete with video clips).
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You know what they say about hindsight being 20/20 ... here are 5 disasters that could have been avoided. Let's hope history doesn't repeat itself on some of these!
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Utter poppycock - was there indeed a literary hoax so highbrow no one got it? In Twitter speak this would be followed by the hashtag #FAIL.
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Another life lesson: don't park where you aren't supposed to - one day you'll pay!

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Off the wall: The astonishing 3D murals painted on the sides of buildings by a trompe l'oeil artist. These are different from the sidewalk chalkings that get passed around from time to time. Some of them took SEVERAL hard looks to figure out!
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From Daniel, a ridiculous clip (not the trailer) from the film "Mega Shark versus Giant Octopus." It features the clip where the shark bites the plane in mid-air. Yeah. Well, it IS a mega shark!
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In the mood for murder? Rediscover some of the Top 20 Gangster Movies of the Last 40 Years
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Rather lovely - exquisite umbrellas to brighten up dull rainy days (and lighten your wallet, too).
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Step right up and buy some amazing healing snake oil elixir. I can't believe it still exists!
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Er, Sauron? Is that you? Spiral galaxy found with black hole for an "eye."
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An interesting find from the National Library of Medicine: Dream Anatomy. "Dream Anatomy shows off the anatomical imagination in some of its most astonishing incarnations, from 1500 to the present."
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Did you know that if you zap garlic cloves in the microwave for 15 seconds and the skins slip right off? Or if you poke an egg with a small sewing needle before hard-boiling, and the egg will peel with ease? How about the fact that cottage cheese will remain fresher longer if you store it upside down in the refrigerator? Check out some of these kitchen hints.
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Can the complexities of genetics be summed up in one simple black and white picture? Apparently so.
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Some organizational tips from Life Hacker: Turn Gmail Into Your Ultimate GTD (Get Things Done) Inbox.
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Hope everyone has a splendid weekend! Just don't forget to keep sending in those links - refer all sites, blogs, pictures and all manner of internet oddities to FlossyLinks@gmail.com, and for link extras during the week, I am on Twitter.

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Little Baby's Ice Cream
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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker
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Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

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