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Weekend Links: Bigger Breasts Mean Bigger Tips

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This is one of the coolest animations I've seen in awhile - Little Red Riding Hood, retold as an infographic.
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Did you know that scientists learned this year that bigger breasts mean bigger tips? Here's a round-up of some of 2010's most obvious scientific discoveries.
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The advent of timed crossing signals around town has made my red-light countdown much easier to bear. But another innovative idea for traffic signals relies on a very simple and recognizable graphic ...
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Seriously, who knew cutlery could be so interesting?
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And if you wanted to really turn your home into a nontraditional space, consider these 23 Arcade Game Inspired Furniture.
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As the website puts it, "The real final frontier isn’t in outer-space or inner-particle. It’s in the space between mankind’s ears." These 15 brain experiments show just how bizarre the study of our mind can get!
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Flossy fan Catherine has a really cool illustrations blog, including a page devoted to artistic renditions of Liz Lemon quotes. Any other talented Flossers out there with interesting blogs? Send them my way!
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Can't find a place that sells reasonably priced bottles of Vague Unease, Neckbolt Tighteners or Hair of a Maiden? The Monster Supplies Store should be of some help. This incredibly innovative shop is actually a false front to a writing workshop for kids. What an absolutely brilliant idea!
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Giuseppe Arcimboldo was born in the 16th century, yet his art harkens to a far more futuristic time. His eccentric portraiture is astonishing for anyone of any time to behold!
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A big thanks to everyone who sent in links this week, particularly Jan (my favorite and most prolific link-sharer!). Have a Flossy find? Send it to FlossyLinks@gmail.com.

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Fisherman Catches Rare Blue Lobster, Donates It to Science
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Live lobsters caught off the New England coast are typically brown, olive-green, or gray—which is why one New Hampshire fisherman was stunned when he snagged a blue one in mid-July.

As The Independent reports, Greg Ward, from Rye, New Hampshire, discovered the unusual lobster while examining his catch near the New Hampshire-Maine border. Ward initially thought the pale crustacean was an albino lobster, which some experts estimate to be a one-in-100-million discovery. However, a closer inspection revealed that the lobster's hard shell was blue and cream.

"This one was not all the way white and not all the way blue," Ward told The Portsmouth Herald. "I've never seen anything like it."

While not as rare as an albino lobster, blue lobsters are still a famously elusive catch: It's said that the odds of their occurrence are an estimated one in two million, although nobody knows the exact numbers.

Instead of eating the blue lobster, Ward decided to donate it to the Seacoast Science Center in Rye. There, it will be studied and displayed in a lobster tank with other unusually colored critters, including a second blue lobster, a bright orange lobster, and a calico-spotted lobster.

[h/t The Telegraph]

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Australian Scientists Discover First New Species of Sunfish in 125 Years
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Scientists have pinpointed a whole new species of the largest bony fish in the world, the massive sunfish, as we learned from Smithsonian magazine. It's the first new species of sunfish proposed in more than 125 years.

As the researchers report in the Zoological Journal of the Linnean Society, the genetic differences between the newly named hoodwinker sunfish (Mola tecta) and its other sunfish brethren was confirmed by data on 27 different samples of the species collected over the course of three years. Since sunfish are so massive—the biggest can weigh as much as 5000 pounds—they pose a challenge to preserve and store, even for museums with large research collections. Lead author Marianne Nyegaard of Murdoch University in Australia traveled thousands of miles to find and collected genetic data on sunfish stranded on beaches. At one point, she was asked if she would be bringing her own crane to collect one.

Nyegaard also went back through scientific literature dating back to the 1500s, sorting through descriptions of sea monsters and mermen to see if any of the documentation sounded like observations of the hoodwinker. "We retraced the steps of early naturalists and taxonomists to understand how such a large fish could have evaded discovery all this time," she said in a press statement. "Overall, we felt science had been repeatedly tricked by this cheeky species, which is why we named it the 'hoodwinker.'"

Japanese researchers first detected genetic differences between previously known sunfish and a new, unknown species 10 years ago, and this confirms the existence of a whole different type from species like the Mola mola or Mola ramsayi.

Mola tecta looks a little different from other sunfish, with a more slender body. As it grows, it doesn't develop the protruding snout or bumps that other sunfish exhibit. Similarly to the others, though, it can reach a length of 8 feet or more. 

Based on the stomach contents of some of the specimens studied, the hoodwinker likely feeds on salps, a jellyfish-like creature that it probably chomps on (yes, sunfish have teeth) during deep dives. The species has been found near New Zealand, Australia, South Africa, and southern Chile.

[h/t Smithsonian]

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