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Weekend Links: Literal Interpretations of Music Videos

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From the Department of What If? Black and white photo mock-ups from 1899 that visually ponder, what if London was like Venice?
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You guys know I am on a time lapse kick right now, so here are few offerings for your viewing pleasure -- First up: an Australian time lapse medley.
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Next: "Appalachian nocturne" - a lovely time lapse video tour of the US east coast seen from space (Atlanta looks strangely far to the west of where I always think we are).
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Finally, a stunning time-lapse of Iceland’s nightless summer. Beautiful.
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From Lucy, "What the nanny saw: Housekeeper's stunning images of 1950s Chicago show working life in America in a new light" (despite the source having some totally incorrect captions, the pictures are still amazing!)
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I think I'm really late to this train, but now that I know about it I can't help post this everywhere. Literal translations of music videos, starting with "Take On Me" and "Total Eclipse Of the Heart," but there are tons more! (Thanks to my friend Chandler for showing me the light).
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Flossy reader James sent in these delightfully geeky hockey jerseys designed for "The Last Starfighter," "Battlestar Gallactica" and "Game of Thrones." I really want a Team Direwolves one!
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It's been a while since I've had a Robot Revolution update - all quiet on the robot front? Hardly! They've just been quietly building things like this highly mobile, semi-autonomous four-legged robot ...
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Much like tattoos, plastic surgery (minus the plastic part, which apparently came into being in the 1818s from the Greek word "plastikos," meaning to mold or give form) or body modification has been in practice since ancient times.
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"Syria continues to be in the news as its government persists in its use of violence to crack down on protests inspired by the Arab Spring. It is the latest of many upheavals the country has been through since its formation as a state. In the northwest of the country are reminders of past turmoil and upheaval. Over 700 abandoned settlements bear the collective name The Dead Cities of Syria."
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Stay tuned - more links on the way tomorrow! In the meantime, send your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com, or send me a Tweet.

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25 Benefits of Adopting a Rescue Dog
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According to the ASPCA, 3.3 million dogs enter shelters each year in the United States. Although that number has gone down since 2011 (from 3.9 million) there are still millions of dogs waiting in shelters for a forever home. October is Adopt a Shelter Dog Month; here are 25 benefits of adopting a shelter dog.

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How Urban Legends Like 'The Licked Hand' Are Born
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If you compare the scary stories you heard as a kid with those of your friends—even those who grew up across the country from you—you’ll probably hear some familiar tales. Maybe you tried to summon Bloody Mary by chanting her name in front of the mirror three times in a dark bathroom. Maybe you learned never to wonder what’s under a woman’s neck ribbon. Maybe you heard the one about the girl who feels her dog lick her hand in the middle of the night, only to wake up to find him hanging dead from the shower nozzle, the words “humans can lick too” written on the wall in the dog’s blood.

These ubiquitous, spooky folk tales exist everywhere, and a lot of them take surprisingly similar forms. How does a single story like the one often called “Humans Can Lick Too” or "The Licked Hand" make its way into every slumber party in America? Thrillist recently investigated the question with a few experts, finding that most of these stories have very deep roots.

In the case of The Licked Hand, its origins go back more than a century. In the 1990s, Snopes found that a similar motif dates back to an Englishman’s diary entry from 1871. In it, the diary keeper, Dearman Birchall, retold a story he heard at a party of a man whose wife woke him up in the middle of the night, urging him to go investigate what sounded like burglars in their home. He told his wife that it was only the dog, reaching out his hand. He felt the dog lick his hand … but in the morning, all his valuables were gone: He had clearly been robbed.

A similar theme shows up in the short story “The Diary of Mr. Poynter,” published in 1919 by M.R. James. In it, a character dozes off in an armchair, and thinks that he is petting his dog. It turns out, it’s some kind of hairy human figure that he flees from. The story seems to have evolved from there into its presently popular form, picking up steam in the 1960s. As with any folk tale, its exact form changes depending on the teller: sometimes the main character is an old lady, other times it’s a young girl.

You’ll probably hear these stories in the context of happening to a “friend of a friend,” making you more likely to believe the tale. It practically happened to someone you know! Kind of! The setting, too, is probably somewhere nearby. It might be in your neighborhood, or down by the local railroad tracks.

Thrillist spoke to Dr. Joseph Stubbersfield, a researcher in the UK who studies urban legends, who says the kind of stories that spread widely contain both social information and emotional resonance. Meaning they contain a message—you never know who’s lurking in your house—and are evocative.

If something is super scary or gross, you want to share it. Stories tend to warn against something: A study of English-language urban legends circulating online found that most warned listeners about the hazards of life (poisonous plants, dangerous animals, dangerous humans) rather than any kind of opportunities. We like to warn each other of the dangers that could be lurking around every corner, which makes sense considering our proven propensity to focus on and learn from negative information. And yes, that means telling each other to watch out for who’s licking our hands in the middle of the night.

Just something to keep in mind as you eagerly await Jezebel’s annual scary story contest.

[h/t Thrillist]

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