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From Slate, a slideshow of strange maps that include California as an island, utopia in the shape of a skull, and other cartographic curiosities.
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I'm thinking about getting my bathtub redone. What do you guys think? Here are 11 more creative bathtubs.
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A partridge in a pear tree isn't what it used to be ... it's cheaper! The '12 days of Christmas' did get slightly pricier overall though, with the Christmas Price Index climbed an anemic 0.9% this year as plunging bird prices offset an increase in the cost of five gold rings.
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When Geeks inherit the earth, expect more everyday gadgets like these nerdcore wallets (actually, I can't wait!)
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Flossy Faithful Sarah (no doubt inspired by this article), found yet another strangely specific museum all about lace. Has anyone been?
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If you think the BCS bracket is a lot of mess and nonsense, they've got nothing compared to the fairness (or lack thereof) in Mortal Kombat. ("Wait, so she doesn't fight until Round 7? What does she do before then, get 6 rounds of byes?" "If that's what you want to call it ... yes.")
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Do you have lush acreage coveted by your neighbor? Or perhaps your apartment is going co-op and those adjacent to you are anxious to expand? Don't fall for the old Trojan Pig trick!
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Here's an end-of-the-year list that's actually worth reading: the Nat Geo News's Top Ten Discoveries of 2009 (including megamouth sharks, giant snakes, a transparent-headed fish, and rare species rescued from obscurity—then eaten).

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We've probably all had a case of Buyer's Remorse, especially on those occasional impulse buys. And even though the old adage goes "one man's trash is another man's treasure," I have a feeling anyone who buys products featured on Regretsy (bizarre or poorly constructed items on Etsy) will be feeling the sorrow sooner than later.
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Pretty cool purse ... but can it play music and video? I guess you need to radio or TV bag for that. You just might find them among these 50 extremely unique bags.
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A very cool traveling photo exhibition in the Karamoja Cluster: Researchers from Tufts University have been traveling around rural Uganda with an outdoor photography exhibition that features pictures they took during their previous fieldwork. They tape the photographs to minivans and hang them from trees, inviting people to come and look.
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Art is everywhere - from mind blowing guerrilla graffiti to corporate airplane creations, to digitally manipulated images that are pretty darn rad.
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I thought this was cute and worth a gander for any baseball fans (also I happen to be a big fan of simple rhyme schemes): Baseball from A to Z: The All-Star Alphabet Team.
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When looking for a job, "find your niche" they say. Well, if you enjoy hanging from ropes around alcohol, a job as a Wine Angel might be just the thing for you.
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A surprised kitten sports some amazing jazz hands.
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Oh my, there's really just a neverending supply of ugliest tattoos. Please, readers, see these are cautionary tales! But then it's ok to laugh. Do any of your out there have any regrettable tattoos?
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30 Rock fans will know that Tracy Jordan is now on a quest to become an EGOT winner (Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, Tony). But that kind of achievement still pales in comparison to some of these 5 major overachievers (including the man who wrote over 200,000 books and the man with 20 post graduate degrees).
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Weekend Project 1: A coloring book dress you can wear! (ok this version is a little pricey, but it's a cool idea overall!)
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Weekend Project 2: How to Make a 3-D Origami Christmas Star. Report back if you managed it!
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A very big thank you and much love to everyone who sent me Birthday greetings last week, and for those (especially Jan!) who sent in a bundle of links as a gift! Don't stop now - send all your fabulous, funny or freakish finds to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. Have a great weekend!

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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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