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Weekend Links: Who Said It, James Joyce or Kool Keith?

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From my friend Marcela, 12 things you probably didn't know about Home Alone. As Marcela added, "I love that this is where conspiracy theorists and fans of Home Alone converged."
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If all of the zombie-centric entertainment lately has you a little bit legitimately scared of attack, you can now plot your escape (and how helpful your neighborhood will be) with the Ultimate Zombie Survival Map. I actually live down the street from the CDC and several hospitals, so I'm not sure if I would just die right away or be saved instantly ... it's a crap shoot!
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Behold and beware, ye explorers of internet arcana - the Ten Internet Plagues!
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Extra! Extra! Read all about it - a deep facet of human nature revealed: even in the 1870s, humans were obsessed with ridiculous photos of cats.
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Who Said It: Irish novelist James Joyce or surrealist rapper Kool Keith? I got a 6/10 by clicking randomly (my friend Ted who found the link says it helps to say it out loud).
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Need some new inspiration for your doodles? Here's how to make an easy optical design (the shading would be the hardest part, but I think it would look cool whether you went all the way with it or just scratched it in lightly with pen).
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Occasionally there's a link that I come across that just makes me go "…ok?" yet I spend way too much time with it. This is one of those: you can be a spider! (you can also jump by clicking the mouse. Hold it down an extra second to jump higher).
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The Future is Now: From Kristen, "As pay phones are going the way of the dinosaurs, New York City has come up with a new use for their booths- they will now be "smart screen" booths that will have general information about the area where they are located. There will be a trial set of 32 around town starting next month, so mental_flossers in NYC should be on the lookout!" If you see one report back!
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Stay tuned - more links tomorrow! In the meantime, send your finds and favorites to FlossyLinks@gmail.com.

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6 Radiant Facts About Irène Joliot-Curie
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Though her accomplishments are often overshadowed by those of her parents, the elder daughter of Marie and Pierre Curie was a brilliant researcher in her own right.

1. SHE WAS BORN TO, AND FOR, GREATNESS.

A black and white photo of Irene and Marie Curie in the laboratory in 1925.
Irène and Marie in the laboratory, 1925.
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Irène’s birth in Paris in 1897 launched what would become a world-changing scientific dynasty. A restless Marie rejoined her loving husband in the laboratory shortly after the baby’s arrival. Over the next 10 years, the Curies discovered radium and polonium, founded the science of radioactivity, welcomed a second daughter, Eve, and won a Nobel Prize in Physics. The Curies expected their daughters to excel in their education and their work. And excel they did; by 1925, Irène had a doctorate in chemistry and was working in her mother’s laboratory.

2. HER PARENTS' MARRIAGE WAS A MODEL FOR HER OWN.

Like her mother, Irène fell in love in the lab—both with her work and with another scientist. Frédéric Joliot joined the Curie team as an assistant. He and Irène quickly bonded over shared interests in sports, the arts, and human rights. The two began collaborating on research and soon married, equitably combining their names and signing their work Irène and Frédéric Joliot-Curie.

3. SHE AND HER HUSBAND WERE AN UNSTOPPABLE PAIR.

Black and white photo of Irène and Fréderic Joliot-Curie working side by side in their laboratory.
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Their passion for exploration drove them ever onward into exciting new territory. A decade of experimentation yielded advances in several disciplines. They learned how the thyroid gland absorbs radioiodine and how the body metabolizes radioactive phosphates. They found ways to coax radioactive isotopes from ordinarily non-radioactive materials—a discovery that would eventually enable both nuclear power and atomic weaponry, and one that earned them the Nobel Prize in Chemistry in 1935.

4. THEY FOUGHT FOR JUSTICE AND PEACE.

The humanist principles that initially drew Irène and Frédéric together only deepened as they grew older. Both were proud members of the Socialist Party and the Comité de Vigilance des Intellectuels Antifascistes (Vigilance Committee of Anti-Fascist Intellectuals). They took great pains to keep atomic research out of Nazi hands, sealing and hiding their research as Germany occupied their country, Irène also served as undersecretary of state for scientific research of the Popular Front government.

5. SHE WAS NOT CONTENT WITH THE STATUS QUO.

Irène eventually scaled back her time in the lab to raise her children Hélène and Pierre. But she never slowed down, nor did she stop fighting for equality and freedom for all. Especially active in women’s rights groups, she became a member of the Comité National de l'Union des Femmes Françaises and the World Peace Council.

6. SHE WORKED HERSELF TO DEATH.

Irène’s extraordinary life was a mirror of her mother’s. Tragically, her death was, too. Years of watching radiation poisoning and cancer taking their toll on Marie never dissuaded Irène from her work. In 1956, dying of leukemia, she entered the Curie Hospital, where she followed her mother’s luminous footsteps into the great beyond.

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You Can Now Order Food Through Facebook
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After a bit of controversy over its way of aggregating news feeds and some questionable content censoring policies, it’s nice to have Facebook roll out a feature everyone can agree on: allowing you to order food without leaving the social media site.

According to a press release, Facebook says that the company decided to begin offering food delivery options after realizing that many of its users come to the social media hub to rate and discuss local eateries. Rather than hop from Facebook to the restaurant or a delivery service, you’ll be able to stay within the app and select from a menu of food choices. Just click “Order Food” from the Explore menu on a desktop interface or under the “More” option on Android or iOS devices. There, you’ll be presented with options that will accept takeout or delivery orders, as well as businesses participating with services like Delivery.com or EatStreet.

If you need to sign up and create an account with Delivery.com or Jimmy John’s, for example, you can do that without leaving Facebook. The feature is expected to be available nationally, effective immediately.

[h/t Forbes]

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