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Through the years Santa has taken on many forms, but a biker? A penguin? These are just a few of the more recent incarnations of the man we called Claus.
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Vanity thy name is ... all of these 7 incredibly vain historical figures!
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Airports are pretty crazy during the holidays, and delays are common. However, there are a few airports that are so cool and unique that you may wish you were Tom Hanks in the movie "Terminal" just to have the time to explore them all.
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9 Amazing Can Sculptures, including a caterpillar made out of 9,168 cans of tuna and Coney Island sculpture made out of over 6,000 cans of various vegetables!
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Have yourself a merry ... and terribly traumatic OMG shield the children's eyes! kind of holiday with this giant Santa statue on fire in Brazil.
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Like a flash fire or a flash flood, a flash mob can happen anywhere ... especially if there's dancing involved. Here are the Top 10 Flash Mobs of 2009.
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When I saw these "25 Worst Album Covers of the Decade" at first I thought, "oh great, another decade list." Then I thought ... "how can this possibly be real??" to "I have to post this immediately." Enjoy!
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Just for the "cool" of it: an animation xray of a mouth talking
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It's Tiger this and Tiger that all over the media - but just how well do you know your Hollywood mistresses? Take the quiz and judge your tabloid prowess.
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You guys know I always bring you the most up-to-date news on geeks inheriting the Earth, so here is the latest: They have usurped Christmas! The evidence? These 11 extremely geeky ornaments. (Thanks Jan!)
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Plenty of celebrities and politicians may wish there was no such thing as text messaging (as it has, y'know, lead to a downfall or two), but there are some cases where a well-placed text might have been just the thing, such as these (Imagined) Text Messages From Famous Trials.
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Speaking of scandal, this San Antonio blog quickly visualizes the mystery of why so many tabloid covers look the same ... (Answer: because they are!)
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This link goes out to all designers, especially for the web, and anyone who has spent time on strategic web committees: I give you (thunder clash) web design from hell.
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Snuggle up in the cold weather with some deeply ponderous movies - though by no means a definitive list, a good place to start are these 10 Movies that Make You Think.
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Some amazing 3D advertisements to catch your eye (or potentially put your eye out if you get too close)
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Don't you wish you had friends like these? One Facebook comment chain spirals out of control in a funny way. One more from CollegeHumor: what if the Internet named TV shows?
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Nature doing amazing things: silk frost.
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Finally, here's a Weekend Project for all you aspiring CIA ops: how to hollow out a book (with pictures, pictures, and more pictures. Plus some pretty good commentary)
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Thanks as always to everyone who sends in links, with a special shout-out to link faithfuls Jan and Sarah. Your efforts are much appreciated! It's the season of giving so ... give me some links! Send all submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. Have a warm weekend!

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"
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