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Flossy reader Tucker has offered up a fascinating video that you must see to believe. It will predict what you will do next (though as Tucker warns: "Keep in mind that even though he doesn't state it you aren't supposed to move to a blank space. This caused quite the argument in my house!").
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One of my favorite videos in awhile: T-Pain demonstrates his new Auto-Tune iPhone app on Jimmy Kimmel's show by auto-tuning Obama's healthcare plan.
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Beautiful and intriguing life guard posts from around the world.

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Sports are full of passion and pushing one's self to the brink ... so it's no surprise that we get some pretty hilarious photos from it - in fact, here are 100 of the best (all of these are begging for captions. ALL OF THEM).
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Where would humanity be if Adam and Eve had always remained in that awkward "friend zone?"
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From the never-ending source of entertainment that is my friend Thomas' gchat status message, this news story about angry European farmers and creative uses of cows' milk. Sounds boring? It's anything but. At least, the pictures are definitely worth a gander - here's another set.
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Halloween is just around the corner, but there's still time to hone your pumpkin-carving skills ... you may still not be as amazing as these extremely talented carvers, though.

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Obviously this artist has plenty of cash to be able to use it as art! (thanks Dekalb!)

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Heath.com continues to navigate to the far recesses of the internet for the world's weirdest heath-related stories - this week: Nasal Spray Improves Memory, a Comic Book About Schizophrenia, and What Coffee Has in Common With Cockroaches.
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A little something to brighten your Saturday: explanations of 10 Doomsday Cults.
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Just so we're clear ... here are 8 common phrases that probably don't mean what you think they mean ...
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A delicious way to learn science - mitosis as demonstrated by Krispy Kreme donuts (Thanks Jessica!). I almost wish my donuts did this on their own ... almost.
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Random Rumination: What would Facebook look like it if were a country?
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Forget a Hello Kitty plush or a miniature sneaker, here are 10 seriously cool (and occasionally useful) keychains (Thanks Jan!)
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You may have also seen Michael Moschen juggling crystal balls in "Labyrinth," and if you were impressed then, you are sure to be mesmerized now by this performance!
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Take a look at this "amazing pilot project in Fiji that is bringing damaged coral reefs back to life."
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Finally, to get everyone in the mood for autumn - some beautiful fall foliage.
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I hope everyone had a great week and an even better weekend - just don't forget to send in those marvelous links! Send all finds to FlossyLinks@gmail.com

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6 Radiant Facts About Irène Joliot-Curie
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Though her accomplishments are often overshadowed by those of her parents, the elder daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie was a brilliant researcher in her own right.

1. SHE WAS BORN TO, AND FOR, GREATNESS.

A black and white photo of Irene and Marie Curie in the laboratory in 1925.
Irène and Marie in the laboratory, 1925.
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Irène’s birth in Paris in 1897 launched what would become a world-changing scientific dynasty. A restless Marie rejoined her loving husband in the laboratory shortly after the baby’s arrival. Over the next 10 years, the Curies discovered radium and polonium, founded the science of radioactivity, welcomed a second daughter, Eve, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics. The Curies expected their daughters to excel in their education and their work. And excel they did; by 1925, Irène had a doctorate in chemistry and was working in her mother’s laboratory.

2. HER PARENTS' MARRIAGE WAS A MODEL FOR HER OWN.

Like her mother, Irène fell in love in the lab—both with her work and with another scientist. Frédéric Joliot joined the Curie team as an assistant. He and Irène quickly bonded over shared interests in sports, the arts, and human rights. The two began collaborating on research and soon married, equitably combining their names and signing their work Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

3. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE AN UNSTOPPABLE PAIR.

Black and white photo of Irène and Fréderic Joliot-Curie working side by side in their laboratory.
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Their passion for exploration drove them ever onward into exciting new territory. A decade of experimentation yielded advances in several disciplines. They learned how the thyroid gland absorbs radioiodine and how the body metabolizes radioactive phosphates. They found ways to coax radioactive isotopes from ordinarily non-radioactive materials—a discovery that would eventually enable both nuclear power and atomic weaponry, and one that earned them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.

4. THEY FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE.

The humanist principles that initially drew Irène and Frédéric together only deepened as they grew older. Both were proud members of the Socialist Party and the Comité de Vigilance des Intellectuels Antifascistes (Vigilance Committee of Anti-Fascist Intellectuals). They took great pains to keep atomic research out of Nazi hands, sealing and hiding their research as Germany occupied their country, Irène also served as undersecretary of state for scientific research of the Popular Front government.

5. SHE WAS NOT CONTENT WITH THE STATUS QUO.

Irène eventually scaled back her time in the lab to raise her children Hélène and Pierre. But she never slowed down, nor did she stop fighting for equality and freedom for all. Especially active in women’s rights groups, she became a member of the Comité National de l'Union des Femmes Françaises and the World Peace Council.

6. SHE WORKED HERSELF TO DEATH.

Irène’s extraordinary life was a mirror of her mother’s. Tragically, her death was, too. Years of watching radiation poisoning and cancer taking their toll on Marie never dissuaded Irène from her work. In 1956, dying of leukemia, she entered the Curie Hospital, where she followed her mother’s luminous footsteps into the great beyond.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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