The Weekend Links

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A sundry of spooky links this week: we begin with the curious case of Mary Roff and Lurancy Vennum. From Merinda, "Short version is ... Mary Roff was crazy and died. Fifteen years after she died Lurancy Vennum went into a trance and when she woke up she claimed she was Mary Roff and was so convincing everyone believed it. She stayed 'Mary Roff' for a few months until Lurancy came back and went on to live a normal life."
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Last week I featured a link to some terrible Halloween costumes - but here are some that might actually be fun ideas (Thanks Andi), and a few more that are definitely topical!
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So there's this guy who shoots anvils 100 feet into the air. Yeah. I am not one of those women he mentions who asks why he does it, I'm one who exclaims "THAT'S. AWESOME."
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Local (and national news) at its finest: a fabulous list of Caption Fails.
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Say hello to flu season in style with these 10 Swanky Swine Flu Masks
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Wikipedia does many things right (probably not as many as we would like to think), but it does a few things wrong ... in particular, 5 searches that, for populist reasons, should reconsider the first source you are directed to!
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Celebrity yearbook photos remind us that before all the plastic surgery and money for hair and clothes that deep down, they're just like us (right?). Well the same goes for these political figures, too.
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In case you were wondering what kind of space exploration we've done in the past 50 years, here's a handy (and beautiful) map. Speaking of maps, here's another unusual but fantastic rendering of Europe, 1914.

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It's raining cats and dogs as I am preparing the Weekend Links, so here are two apropos offerings about each: First, cats in wigs (yes, seriously, this is probably why the internet was invented), and dogs with the best in home architecture.
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From the Annals of Too Much Time: "This is a video montage of every single Cosmo Kramer entrance in Seinfeld history, and it will hypnotize you into a dream-like state within 1 minute. It's really quite impressive how his slide/twitch move progressed over the years."
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More spooky fun: 10 of the Creepiest Art Toys
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From Jan, "I know Mental Floss mentioned this last week, but don't remember if there was a link to these great pictures." So without further ado ... here they are: Celebration of the Reunification of Berlin (how freaking creepy are those gigantic marionettes??)
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I see you, gecko! Though admittedly, not at first. "A mossy leaf-tailed gecko is almost invisible while resting on a lichen-covered sapling in the eastern forests of Madagascar. This is one of the most dramatic examples of crypsis that we have ever photographed."
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Don Draper would be proud (perhaps) at the staying power of these 10 Food Mascots.
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From top-notch links-finder Sarah (this is but one of her many contributions this week) comes an interesting and uplifting tale of a Cub Scout who saved his teacher from choking.
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Great Photoshop skills can do more than just create silly pictures or make you look not SO disastrous from that one wild night, but it can also do great things like helping to find missing kids.
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And if all this wasn't enough for you, here are 50 Kick-Ass Websites You Need to Know About.

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Thanks as always to everyone who sent in links this week - keep it up! Send all finds to FlossyLinks@gmail.com, and have a great weekend!

[Last Weekend's Links]

October 24, 2009 - 8:51am
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