Coming to You Live from the D23 Expo!

You guys may have noticed that I have written a few Disney posts in the past, so it may not be too surprising that I’m headed to the D23 Expo in Anaheim this weekend. D23, in case you’re not a diehard, is the Disney-sanctioned fan community. D = Disney and 23 = 1923, the year the company was founded.

At the inaugural event in 2009, Disney announced the huge Fantasyland overhaul, gave sneak peeks of upcoming movies, and even snuck in a surprise appearance from Johnny Depp as Captain Jack Sparrow. I’m really hoping they find a reason for him to show up this year as well, but with the news that the Lone Ranger may be canceled, I’m not holding my breath.

Anyway, I’ll be posting recaps of each day’s events on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. I know some of you may not be fans of the mouse himself, but the Expo is more than just updates on Mickey’s latest happenings - we’re also looking forward to a presentation by Marvel and an appearance from the Muppets, among other things.

You can also follow me on Twitter for more up-to-the-minute posts and pics, but I do want to warn you that if Johnny Depp does make an appearance, I may type unintelligible things for a while.

Are any other _flossers going to be there?

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Take a Rare Glimpse Inside the World's Largest Seed Reserve
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Since 2008, the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen has been home to the world’s largest seed storage facility, known as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The 11,000-square-foot facility contains nearly 865,000 seed samples—many of which are crops—and functions as both a reserve in the event of a catastrophe and as a backup for other seed banks around the world. Countries can send samples for preservation and access the reserves as needed (the effort is funded by Norway in conjunction with the organization Crop Trust). The vault was opened for the first time last year in light of the destruction caused by the Syrian War.

Access to the fault is notoriously limited, but AJ+ has a glimpse inside on its YouTube page. It’s a rare look at a place that isn’t known for its looks, but holds some of the planet’s most beautiful and valuable offerings.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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This Infographic Explains the Difference Between Perfume and Eau de Toilette
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Ever wondered why you can't smell the perfume you dabbed on earlier this morning? Maybe it's because you aren't actually wearing perfume. Instead, you likely applied eau de toilette, cologne, or another type of fragrance.

These sprays contain different concentrations of fragrance oil dissolved in solutions of alcohol and water. Scents with a heavier amount of oil are stronger, they're more expensive, and they also last for longer periods of time. Even the most discerning shopper might not know whether to opt for parfum or eu de parfum when perusing bottles of Chanel No. 5 at the fragrance counter—or even realize there's a difference. 

If you'd prefer to smell like a few roses instead of a field of them, it's handy to know the difference between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne, and eau fraiche when you're out shopping for a new scent. Lifehacker recently ran this handy infographic by Real Men Real Style, which breaks down the strength of each fragrance along with how long it lasts. Use it as a guide to purchase the perfect product for you.

[h/t Lifehacker]


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