Weekend Links: The Least Helpful Things Found in Textbooks

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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?

March 17, 2012 - 5:18am
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