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We Want Your Best (and most embarrassing) Halloween Costume Photos!

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Is it just me, or was Halloween way more fun when you were a kid? You could trick-or-treat to your heart's desire (on HALLOWEEN, not the night before "“ pet peeve of mine) while wearing a sweet, mom-made costume (or that plastic mask from the store that you had to have or you would die) and then go home to watch movies that you probably shouldn't have been watching while gorging on far too much candy. It was the best, especially when it was on a Friday or Saturday.
We might not be able to go back and do Halloween the way we used to, but we can at least revisit it - send your favorite (or most embarrassing) costume-of-old to flossypics@gmail.com. If your favorite costume was just a couple of years ago, that's OK too. One of my favorites was last year's Sweeney Todd and Mrs. Lovett getup, but the picture you're looking at is me when I was a tot. Halloween in Iowa can be notoriously cold (I've definitely trick-or-treated in the snow more than once), so my mom wanted me to wear something warm "“ thus, a mouse costume made out of cozy grey flannel. I had a nose and whiskers painted on later.

Watch for a gallery of reader costumes in the coming weeks! Extra points for anyone who submits a Jem costume from the "˜80s"¦ I know there's one out there.

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Can You Spot the Python Hiding in the Photo?
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A homeowner in Cooroy, Queensland, Australia came home to find a rather frightening surprise in his garage: what appeared to be a large snake was actually a pair of breeding pythons. Fortunately, the eagle-eyed experts at Sunshine Coast Snake Catchers, a professional reptile relocation service, noticed that there was a second snake and snapped this photo after removing the first one. Would you have been able to spot the second slithery guy? Take a look at the photo above and see.

Give up? Scroll down to see where it was hiding.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Lazy Cyclists Help Make These Massive Bike Graveyards in China
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When bike share programs go right, they can make life easier for commuters while reducing a city’s impact on the environment at the same time. When they don't go exactly as planned, they can create sprawling bicycle graveyards like the one seen in these photos.

The eerie scenes, recently spotlighted by WIRED, can be found throughout the city of Hangzhou, China. Like many large cities, Hangzhou is home to an official bike share program. But there are also private bike share companies that give cyclists the option to pick up a bike and leave it wherever they please rather than return it to an official docking station. The result is thousands of bikes scattered around the city like junk.

In response to complaints, the city of Hangzhou has begun collecting these abandoned bikes and storing them in lots. These aerial images are a good indication of the sheer number of bikers the city has—and they also have a creepy, post-apocalyptic vibe. Check out the photos below.

Bike graveyard in China.
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Bike graveyard in China.
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Bike graveyard in China.
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[h/t WIRED]

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