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Flossy reader Margaret sent in this great link: "Have you ever seen a period film and thought, 'that costume looks familiar'? Well, you're not crazy, they do recycle them!" Recycled Movie Costumes is truly a labor of love, and if you adore period pieces then you will probably be familiar with quite a few of the featured frocks!
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As if Reality TV couldn't get any more embarrassing, Ranker.com has managed to put together a list of 12 Cringeworthy Reality TV Show FAILs that will just make you feel even more uncomfortable than usual watching these shows!
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We already know that reality show contestants will do a lot of things for money. But what about you? You may not actually have the option of shaving your eyebrows and never letting them grow back for $1 million, but you can vote whether you would do it or not and see how you compare with everyone else ('s levels of shame).
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We've heard auto-tuning of the news, interviews, and all sorts of unusual things ... but are you prepared for auto-tuned animals? The Internet Animal Orchestra is a cacophony of critter voices, all enhanced to carry a rather catchy beat.
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They may not be as controversial as a dress made out of meat, but these food-based fashion accessories are worth some attention.
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In some cases, what's old is new again. But you just don't hear of little boys anymore with names like "Leslie" and "Walter." Matthew, Michael, Christopher, James have remained among the top ten most popular American names for baby boys a hundred years running, says the Social Security Administration, and they won't be going out of style any time soon. Here are some "forgotten names" and a few words from modern day men who sport them. Do any of you guys have old-fashioned names? Is it a blessing or a curse?
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From the Department of Addicting Entertainment comes a ski game where you are the mountain.
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What do emeralds, a snake and a suit or armor have in common? They are all some of the strangest items found in lost luggage.
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From Flossy friend Jan, an interactive exploration of Monet's works, including a journey through his life. One of the most expertly executed websites I've seen in awhile. Afterwards, stay inspired by viewing some of these amazing human body flowers.
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A big thanks as always to everyone who sent in links this week! Remember to send your finds to FlossyLinks@gmail.com

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Bleat Along to Classic Holiday Tunes With This Goat Christmas Album
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Feeling a little Grinchy this month? The Sweden branch of ActionAid, an international charity dedicated to fighting global poverty, wants to goat—errr ... goad—you into the Christmas spirit with their animal-focused holiday album: All I Want for Christmas is a Goat.

Fittingly, it features the shriek-filled vocal stylings of a group of festive farm animals bleating out classics like “Jingle Bells,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” and “O Come All Ye Faithful.” The recording may sound like a silly novelty release, but there's a serious cause behind it: It’s intended to remind listeners how the animals benefit impoverished communities. Goats can live in arid nations that are too dry for farming, and they provide their owners with milk and wool. In fact, the only thing they can't seem to do is, well, sing. 

You can purchase All I Want for Christmas is a Goat on iTunes and Spotify, or listen to a few songs from its eight-track selection below.

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What Are the 12 Days of Christmas?
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Everyone knows to expect a partridge in a pear tree from your true love on the first day of Christmas ... But when is the first day of Christmas?

You'd think that the 12 days of Christmas would lead up to the big day—that's how countdowns work, as any year-end list would illustrate—but in Western Christianity, "Christmas" actually begins on December 25th and ends on January 5th. According to liturgy, the 12 days signify the time in between the birth of Christ and the night before Epiphany, which is the day the Magi visited bearing gifts. This is also called "Twelfth Night." (Epiphany is marked in most Western Christian traditions as happening on January 6th, and in some countries, the 12 days begin on December 26th.)

As for the ubiquitous song, it is said to be French in origin and was first printed in England in 1780. Rumors spread that it was a coded guide for Catholics who had to study their faith in secret in 16th-century England when Catholicism was against the law. According to the Christian Resource Institute, the legend is that "The 'true love' mentioned in the song is not an earthly suitor, but refers to God Himself. The 'me' who receives the presents refers to every baptized person who is part of the Christian Faith. Each of the 'days' represents some aspect of the Christian Faith that was important for children to learn."

In debunking that story, Snopes excerpted a 1998 email that lists what each object in the song supposedly symbolizes:

2 Turtle Doves = the Old and New Testaments
3 French Hens = Faith, Hope and Charity, the Theological Virtues
4 Calling Birds = the Four Gospels and/or the Four Evangelists
5 Golden Rings = the first Five Books of the Old Testament, the "Pentateuch", which gives the history of man's fall from grace.
6 Geese A-laying = the six days of creation
7 Swans A-swimming = the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, the seven sacraments
8 Maids A-milking = the eight beatitudes
9 Ladies Dancing = the nine Fruits of the Holy Spirit
10 Lords A-leaping = the ten commandments
11 Pipers Piping = the eleven faithful apostles
12 Drummers Drumming = the twelve points of doctrine in the Apostle's Creed

There is pretty much no historical evidence pointing to the song's secret history, although the arguments for the legend are compelling. In all likelihood, the song's "code" was invented retroactively.

Hidden meaning or not, one thing is definitely certain: You have "The Twelve Days of Christmas" stuck in your head right now.

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