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Even if you haven't seen "The Artist" (and you should), and aren't familiar with its star, Jean Dujardin (an amazingly talented and lovable man), his Villain Auditions are still a treat for any moviegoer tired of sequels. "I am not going to let you buy this zoo!"
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Speaking of zoos ... from Kate, "My friend and co-worker worked at the Brookfield Zoo in Chicago and used to collect funny anecdotes shared by keepers and visitors to the zoo. His blog shares these stories and invites readers to submit their own funny anecdotes. Some of them are hilarious!"
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Do you know your average Words Per Minute? Didn't Mavis Beacon teach you anything?? Try out this typing speed test and post your best results. I got 100 and feel darn good about it! That's what being reared on AIM will do to you.
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From my Flossy cohort Stacy, "Rock stars with their parents. Oddly fascinating." The Zappas are my favorite.
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Watching someone play a video game may not typically be all that interesting, but the oddity of Cat Mario and the exclamations of the narrator (which are alternatively irritating and completely hilarious) make it worthwhile. (light expletive warning)
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I am hoping that this link works, although you may have to have Facebook in order to view it (I really hope that's not the case! All of the alt links also went back to this album so I'm hoping it's public) -- a huge gallery of Earth and tree houses that will make you Want To Go To There.
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For those who didn't see these pictures floating (pun intended) around the internet this week, you must see these snapshots of underwater dogs.
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English may be one of the hardest languages to learn, but what about the difficulty of other languages for native English speakers? This infograph tracks that very question, and some of the answers may surprise you! (Hungarian is not here, but I remember reading that it is one of the hardest languages for anybody to learn!)
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Finally, a shout out -- Floss friends The Shark Guys have a new ebook available, so check it out!
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Stay tuned - more links tomorrow! In the meantime, send in your Flossy submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com, or send me a Tweet.

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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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