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Weekend Links: The Least Helpful Things Found in Textbooks

It was a favored pastime of mine, and I'm sure most of you, to ridicule the absurd drawings and bizarre quotes from school textbooks. But just because I'm out of school, the fun doesn't have to stop! Thanks to Matt, I now know about Thanks, Textbooks. The chuckling in the back of the room continues! (It's fairly new but I'm bookmarking it).
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"Tommy Edison has been blind since birth and now producing videos online that reveal a glimpse into his life and the challenges that he faces daily, such as what it’s like for someone who is blind to use an ATM." There are more movingly informative videos on Tommy's homepage, The Blind Film Critic.
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From Kristen, "Drum Corps is the NFL of marching bands - the best performers travel and compete all over the country each summer and it can be very physically demanding as this video demonstrates. In it, a tenor drummer has his vitals analyzed by a college professor during a rehearsal and we learn how hard the guy is working. It's pretty interesting!"
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So just how big are the eyes of a giant squid? On a scale of 1 to 10 I would say ... TERRIFYING!
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These pictures of golden fireflies in Japan do not look real. They also remind me of a really pretty version of the swarms of kudzu bugs we've been dealing with around here …
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There has been a sudden uptick in videos that have snagged that old Saturday morning cartoon Japanese style, with nostalgic and hilarious results. The first is "The Adventures of Kim Jong Un" followed by a new rendering of a title sequence for the BBC/PBS production of Sherlock. Memories!
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From Joe, a disturbing message about your personal information being on the internet. It doesn't do any real harm, except to your psyche if you watch it at night while you're at home alone!
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Lizzie Borden and her 40 whacks continue to fascinate (and will be the subject of an upcoming film), and now, 120-year-old legal papers could shed light on those infamous murders. (Also check out the Stuff You Missed in History Class podcast on it!)
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An MTV promo commercial (which I had not seen before) features balloon art in what I can only imagine was probably a terribly frustrating setup. But the results are magnificent!
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Stay tuned - more links tomorrow! In the meantime send your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com ... and Happy St. Patrick's Day! What are your plans for the weekend?

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The Real Bay of Pigs: Big Major Cay in the Bahamas
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When most people visit the Bahamas, they’re thinking about a vacation filled with sun, sand, and swimming—not swine. But you can get all four of those things if you visit Big Major Cay.

Big Major Cay, also now known as “Pig Island” for obvious reasons, is part of the Exuma Cays in the Bahamas. Exuma includes private islands owned by Johnny Depp, Tyler Perry, Faith Hill and Tim McGraw, and David Copperfield. Despite all of the local star power, the real attraction seems to be the family of feral pigs that has established Big Major Cay as their own. It’s hard to say how many are there—some reports say it’s a family of eight, while others say the numbers are up to 40. However big the band of roaming pigs is, none of them are shy: Their chief means of survival seems to be to swim right up to boats and beg for food, which the charmed tourists are happy to provide (although there are guidelines about the best way of feeding the pigs).

No one knows exactly how the pigs got there, but there are plenty of theories. Among them: 1) A nearby resort purposely released them more than a decade ago, hoping to attract tourists. 2) Sailors dropped them off on the island, intending to dine on pork once they were able to dock for a longer of period of time. For one reason or another, the sailors never returned. 3) They’re descendants of domesticated pigs from a nearby island. When residents complained about the original domesticated pigs, their owners solved the problem by dropping them off at Big Major Cay, which was uninhabited. 4) The pigs survived a shipwreck. The ship’s passengers did not.

The purposeful tourist trap theory is probably the least likely—VICE reports that the James Bond movie Thunderball was shot on a neighboring island in the 1960s, and the swimming swine were there then.

Though multiple articles reference how “adorable” the pigs are, don’t be fooled. One captain warns, “They’ll eat anything and everything—including fingers.”

Here they are in action in a video from National Geographic:

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The House From The Money Pit Is For Sale

Looking for star-studded new digs? For a cool $5.9 million, Top10RealEstateDeals.com reports, you can own the Long Island country home featured in the 1986 comedy The Money Pit—no renovations required.

For the uninitiated, the film features Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as hapless first-time homeowners who purchase a rundown mansion for cheap. The savings they score end up being paltry compared to the debt they incur while trying to fix up the house.

The Money Pit featured exterior shots of "Northway," an eight-bedroom estate located in the village of Lattingtown in Nassau County, New York. Luckily for potential buyers, its insides are far nicer than the fictional ones portrayed in the movie, thanks in part to extensive renovations performed by the property’s current owners.

Amenities include a giant master suite with a French-style dressing room, eight fireplaces, a "wine wall," and a heated outdoor saltwater pool. Check out some photos below, or view the entire listing here.

The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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The real-life Long Island home featured in 1986's “The Money Pit”
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