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The Weekend Links: Sunday Edition

Happy Mother's Day! Now is the perfect time to learn about the interesting case of Anna Jarvis - the woman that is credited with creating Mother's Day, but then spent her lifetime campaigning against it.
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"You know the song Pink Elephants on Parade?  Yesterday Londoners could have been forgiven for believing they were suffering from a similar but altogether more technicolor intoxication as the city was stampeded by two hundred and fifty eight sculptures of elephants."
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On Friday I swore someone was playing with a cat in the office. Turns out it was just Meow Mania. I don't know what this site is, really, but it's kind of oddly amusing (and a great way to quickly annoy people!) Thanks to Leigh Anne for sharing the secret.
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From the Annals of Too Much Time: 15 Geek Inspired USB Hard Drive Modifications.
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From Flossy reader Kate, a link to a competition for the Name of the Year. It makes me thankful that mine doesn't stand out (although for a blogger, it might be helpful!). Do any of you guys have a name you wish you could change (or have changed!), or went to school with unfortunately-named folks?
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Why get a boring ole liberal arts degree when you could get one in surfing or bowling alley management? Here's a list of some of your not-so-average college degrees.
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I like the concept of these Handcrafted Suitcases, but I don't know how my clothes would feel about them (much less the overhead compartment!)
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One of a plethora of great links this week from links contributor Jan: Amazing and astounding giant sand designs.
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The title of this blog says it all: Why would you knit that? As someone who frequently visits Etsy, none of these kinds of items surprise me anymore. The reasoning behind them, though ...
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Finally, from Sarah, "And you thought YOU had bad hair days, and these people do it on purpose!  Although maybe the first guy's can be considered art..."
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Thanks for all the great finds this week! Keep it up - send anything interesting you stumble across this week to FlossyLinks@gmail.com

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead
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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]

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