This is the pearl of the weekend links for me this go-round: what do you do when your city is on a magazine's DOA list? You fight back! That's just what the residents of Grand Rapids, Michigan did in response to an article published in Newsweek (Newsweek later issued a mea culpa). Around 5,000 people participated in this 10 minute lip-synced video, including local police and fire departments, a marching band, cheerleads, gymnasts, swing dancers and pyrotechnics. Bottom line: Grand Rapids is anything but dull.
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In light of Shaq's recent announcement that he is retiring from basketball, let's commemorate some of the greatest moments in his pop culture and NBA career. Conducting the Boston Pops? Done. Shaq Fu? Done. Yes, even "Kazaam." Oh, and some basketball highlights as well, of course.
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Behold the Crystal river, the most beautiful on Earth. And one that I would never, ever, under any circumstances want to swim in.
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Filmmakers take note! This would make a great short: a dog escapes from his home in order to run a half marathon.
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As a cat person, I have to sneak something feline-related in here as well (because goodness knows there are not enough cats on the internet!). A few weeks ago Slate did a slideshow on Cats of War, and I so wanted it to be true that it took me until the 4th slide to realize it was completely fake (I was giving it the side eye on the third slide but still … I wanted it so badly!)
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I've read lists like this before and honestly not a single one of these names ever sticks in my mind, maybe because I never have cause to use them! See if you can remember the monikers of these 25 everyday things you didn't know had names.
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Don't look at these 20 amazingly close shots while eating. I did. I wouldn't recommend it. But they are terrifyingly cool.
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Bored on a rainy day? Consider this transformer box your new project. Next time one of your friends makes a fortune teller / cootie catcher, you can show them who is the true boss of paper.
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A big thanks to everyone who sent in links this week, particularly Holly! Send your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com, and don't forget to follow me and drop me links on Twitter (@FlossyAlli), where I sometimes post links to mind-bending articles.