Extra! Extra! "They're two of the most recognized and beloved characters in American culture -- Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. But did you know that before they made Sesame Street the most well-known neighborhood in the land, they served in the military?" The Pittsburgh ToonSeum is featuring an exhibit on the life of cartoonist Caroll Spinney, who started his professional career at the young age of 12, and the fascinating journey that lead him to become a Henson puppeteer.
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From Jan, why do some of us feel the need to throw salt over our shoulder or refuse to walk underneath ladders? Here are 5 superstitions and some clues as to why they exist.
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It's that time of year: Great Migrations, as captured by the superb Big Picture blog.
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This update on the Robot Revolution goes out to my friend Jim: Watch out! They are now taking our hobbies: Earl the bowling robot goes up against a human and … well, I won't spoil it for you! (And from Shilo, this John Carpenter mix isn't a bad soundtrack to go with it, either).
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Meanwhile, work continues on battling bad guys; and apparently, real-life superpowers exist. The military is developing real Batman armor, real Iron Man style armor, Spider-Man gloves and boots, invisibility cloaks and other 10 Amazing Real-Life Superhero Technologies, Gadgets & Powers.
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And for those who wouldn't be fazed by a computer that could carry on a conversation and who might in fact welcome it (or if technology is just your thing), here's the road trip of a lifetime for you: 14 Sights to See in Silicon Valley.
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And now, back to our regularly scheduled linking: it's no secret that romance blooms quite often on most sets, but here are nine infamous movies that killed real-life romances.
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When it comes to media, I'm pretty wary about Top 10 lists, but I found this list of Best Novels to be pretty legitimate (with some notable omissions of course, most of which are mentioned in the comments), and it's a good place to start looking for books to snuggle up with as the cold weather settles in!
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And a reminder for all our Cleveland-area _flossers — Cleveland Plain Dealer columnist and mental_floss contributor Bud Shaw will be speaking at our retail store in Chesterland, Ohio, on Wednesday, November 10th, at 7pm. Come on by!
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A big thanks to everyone who sent in links this week! Remember that you can send your Flossy finds all week to FlossyLinks@gmail.com.