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Weekend Links: Ornamental Hermits

Yes the time for fireworks has passed us, but seriously, save this video link from Cindy of fireworks in Iceland, play it on a big screen next year, and that's all you'll need! According to a companion article, the evening starts out with bonfires all over town, and of the 200,000 or so people in the area, each household spends between one and five hundred USD to light up the sky.
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For those who might have missed the news clip of the skeleton found in St James Park outside of Buckingham Palace, check out this story from James about how it was at one time fashionable for an ornamental hermit to live in the park (much like in the Victorian Era when having a tramp by one's doorstep was seen as a little folly of potentially magical means).
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Do you still have your baby teeth saved somewhere? Or an extracted tooth? What if you had a sculpture filled with old teeth? Not for the weak of stomach, one dentist has turned teeth into art in his waiting room.
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It would not be a Weekend Links post without some kind of photography, and this weekend I bring you the very best of the best: the National Geographic Photo Contest of 2011!
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As it's the beginning of January, the gyms are packed with resolute individuals. And if you are one of them, or looking for some inspiration to finish jogging that 1 mile (um that would be me), tell yourself "Buck up, it's not so bad! Compared to the woman who rowed the ocean, anyway."
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Alma is a creepy little short film by ex-Pixar animator Rodrigo Blaas. It's only about five minutes long, but I would love to see it as a feature!
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Should have posted this last weekend, but, I only saw it a few days ago and thought it should be shared anyway: the Biggest Scientific Breakthroughs of 2011. Some very, very cool stuff is featured.
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This WWI cartoon might not tell you anything new, but there's something quite engaging about its simplicity and characterizations.
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More links tomorrow! In the meantime, send your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com, or drop me a link or a line on Twitter.

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Don't Have Space For a Christmas Tree? Decorate a Pineapple Instead
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Christmas trees aren't for everyone. Some people can't fit a fir inside their cramped abodes, while others are turned off by the expense, or by the idea of bugs hitchhiking their way inside. Fake trees are always an option, but a new trend sweeping Instagram—pineapples as mini-Christmas "trees"—might convince you to forego the forest vibe for a more tropical aesthetic.

As Thrillist reports, the pineapple-as-Christmas-tree idea appears to have originated on Pinterest before it, uh, ripened into a social media sensation. Transforming a pineapple into a Halloween “pumpkin” requires carving and tea lights, but to make the fruit festive for Christmas all one needs are lights, ornaments, swaths of garland, and any other tiny tchotchkes that remind you of the holidays. The final result is a tabletop decoration that's equal parts Blue Hawaii and Miracle on 34th Street.

In need of some decorating inspiration? Check out a variety of “Christmas tree” pineapples below.

[h/t Thrillist]

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