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Weekend Links: What TV Characters Might Earn in the Real World

In the world television, salaries are no object. How could semi-unemployed people afford huge New York City loft spaces, after all? Bringing us down to earth, what would your favorite TV characters earn in real life?
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Fascinating geological wonders, behold! By the way, the unofficial theme of today's Weekend Links (completely unintentionally, I might add), is photography. So sit back and be amazed at these pictorial offerings!
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Check out some of these absolutely stunning aerial photos in Earth from Above.
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Now look in the opposite direction: incredible starry night photography (and videos). I have a great camera, but it doesn't take night shots at all! I guess that's a step up from my pretty amateur level.
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Conspiracy Theory Alert! Check out this compendium of references to ominous crop circles from centuries past.
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Have a problem chaining yourself to your desk? Here's an idea: how about literally chaining yourself to your desk? Yes, and the Study Ball can help you do it! Would any of you try this?
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These "mobile living units" give new meaning to living out of one's car. If an RV and a mobile home had a baby …
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Finally, a bit of context-less internet arcana: there are balloon animals ... and then there are balloon dinosaurs. Upping the game, here!
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Stay tuned - more links on the way tomorrow. In the meantime send your submissions to FlossyLink@gmail.com!

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Bone Broth 101
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Whether you drink it on its own or use it as stock, bone broth is the perfect recipe to master this winter. Special thanks to the Institute of Culinary Education

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Why Can Parrots Talk and Other Birds Can't?
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If you've ever seen a pirate movie (or had the privilege of listening to this avian-fronted metal band), you're aware that parrots have the gift of human-sounding gab. Their brains—not their beaks—might be behind the birds' ability to produce mock-human voices, the Sci Show's latest video explains below.

While parrots do have articulate tongues, they also appear to be hardwired to mimic other species, and to create new vocalizations. The only other birds that are capable of vocal learning are hummingbirds and songbirds. While examining the brains of these avians, researchers noted that their brains contain clusters of neurons, which they've dubbed song nuclei. Since other birds don't possess song nuclei, they think that these structures probably play a key role in vocal learning.

Parrots might be better at mimicry than hummingbirds and songbirds thanks to a variation in these neurons: a special shell layer that surrounds each one. Birds with larger shell regions appear to be better at imitating other creatures, although it's still unclear why.

Learn more about parrot speech below (after you're done jamming out to Hatebeak).

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