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Weekend Links: Why Pandas Are Black and White

From NPR: "It's not easy being green. Some of us know that better than others. And, though singer, fiddler and whistler Andrew Bird knows that this is Kermit's song to own, he decided to tackle it in a way that only Bird could, as part of a charming Muppets tribute record called The Green Album."
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Check out this very cute tongue-in-cheek short animation on Why the Panda is Black and White (at least, in the mind of one child).
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Speaking of black and white, test yourself on this famous Zebra Puzzle and see if you are among the estimated 2% who are able to solve it!
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"Look up!" is the message for this slideshow of the world's coolest ceilings.
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An amazing photography project by Stefano Unterthiner: animals face to face (I just had to feature the ape - and some people question why the rest of us find it so easy to anthropomorphize!)
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A silly little distraction of a game (that becomes artistic!) The black arrows attack the color arrows (which splatter on the canvas) - your clicks control how many of each appear (and where they move).
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Very cool gallery of double-exposure photographs. I remember when this would happen with old cameras - I think the effect can be created in Photoshop now (of course!)
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Feel inspired to sketch this weekend? Try out some different grips - the way you hold your pencil could mean the difference between public toilet stick figure and van Gogh (or just the difference between "meh" and "wow that's pretty good!")
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A big thanks to everyone who sent in links this week - keep it up! Send your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com, and don't forget to follow me on Twitter where I often post pretty pictures (like this one from NASA of the perfection of the winter solstice).

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Perfect cookies are within your grasp. Just grab your measuring cups and get started. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education.

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Netflix's Most-Binged Shows of 2017, Ranked
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Netflix might know your TV habits better than you do. Recently, the entertainment company's normally tight-lipped number-crunchers looked at user data collected between November 1, 2016 and November 1, 2017 to see which series people were powering through and which ones they were digesting more slowly. By analyzing members’ average daily viewing habits, they were able to determine which programs were more likely to be “binged” (or watched for more than two hours per day) and which were more often “savored” (or watched for less than two hours per day) by viewers.

They found that the highest number of Netflix bingers glutted themselves on the true crime parody American Vandal, followed by the Brazilian sci-fi series 3%, and the drama-mystery 13 Reasons Why. Other shows that had viewers glued to the couch in 2017 included Anne with an E, the Canadian series based on L. M. Montgomery's 1908 novel Anne of Green Gables, and the live-action Archie comics-inspired Riverdale.

In contrast, TV shows that viewers enjoyed more slowly included the Emmy-winning drama The Crown, followed by Big Mouth, Neo Yokio, A Series of Unfortunate Events, GLOW, Friends from College, and Ozark.

There's a dark side to this data, though: While the company isn't around to judge your sweatpants and the chip crumbs stuck to your couch, Netflix is privy to even your most embarrassing viewing habits. The company recently used this info to publicly call out a small group of users who turned their binges into full-fledged benders:

Oh, and if you're the one person in Antarctica binging Shameless, the streaming giant just outed you, too.

Netflix broke down their full findings in the infographic below and, Big Brother vibes aside, the data is pretty fascinating. It even includes survey data on which shows prompted viewers to “Netflix cheat” on their significant others and which shows were enjoyed by the entire family.

Netflix infographic "The Year in Bingeing"
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