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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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A Simple Way to Charge Your iPhone in 5 Minutes
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Spotting the “low battery” notification on your phone is usually followed by a frantic search for an outlet and further stress over the fact that you may not have time for a full charge. On iPhones, plugging your device into the wall for five minutes might result in only a modest increase of about three percent or so. But this tip from Business Insider Tech may allow you to squeeze out a little more juice.

The trick? Before charging, put your phone in Airplane Mode so that you reduce the number of energy-sucking tasks (signal searching, fielding incoming communications) your device will try and perform.

Next, take the cover off if you have one (the phone might be generating extra heat as a result). Finally, try to use an iPad adapter, which has demonstrated a faster rate of charging than the adapter that comes with your iPhone.

Do that and you’ll likely double your battery boost, from about three to six percent. It may not sound like much, but that little bit of extra juice might keep you connected until you’re able to plug it in for a full charge.

[h/t Business Insider Tech]

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Trying to Save Money? Avoid Shopping on a Smartphone
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Today, Americans do most of their shopping online—but as anyone who’s indulged in late-night retail therapy likely knows, this convenience often can come with an added cost. Trying to curb expenses, but don't want to swear off the convenience of ordering groceries in your PJs? New research shows that shopping on a desktop computer instead of a mobile phone may help you avoid making foolish purchases, according to Co. Design. Ying Zhu, a marketing professor at the University of British Columbia-Okanagan, recently led a study to measure how touchscreen technology affects consumer behavior. Published in the Journal of Retailing and Consumer Services, her research found that people are more likely to make more frivolous, impulsive purchases if they’re shopping on their phones than if they’re facing a computer monitor. Zhu, along with study co-author Jeffrey Meyer of Bowling Green State University, ran a series of lab experiments on student participants to observe how different electronic devices affected shoppers’ thinking styles and intentions. Their aim was to see if subjects' purchasing goals changed when it came to buying frivolous things, like chocolate or massages, or more practical things, like food or office supplies. In one experiment, participants were randomly assigned to use a desktop or a touchscreen. Then, they were presented with an offer to purchase either a frivolous item (a $50 restaurant certificate for $30) or a useful one (a $50 grocery certificate for $30). These subjects used a three-point scale to gauge how likely they were to purchase the offer, and they also evaluated how practical or frivolous each item was. (Participants rated the restaurant certificate to be more indulgent than the grocery certificate.) Sure enough, the researchers found that participants had "significantly higher" purchase intentions for hedonic (i.e. pleasurable) products when buying on touchscreens than on desktops, according to the study. On the flip side, participants had significantly higher purchase intentions for utilitarian (i.e. practical) products while using desktops instead of touchscreens. "The playful and fun nature of the touchscreen enhances consumers' favor of hedonic products; while the logical and functional nature of a desktop endorses the consumers' preference for utilitarian products," Zhu explains in a press release. The study also found that participants using touchscreen technology scored significantly higher on "experiential thinking" than subjects using desktop computers, whereas those with desktop computers demonstrated higher scores for rational thinking. “When you’re in an experiential thinking mode, [you crave] excitement, a different experience,” Zhu explained to Co. Design. “When you’re on the desktop, with all the work emails, that interface puts you into a rational thinking style. While you’re in a rational thinking style, when you assess a product, you’ll look for something with functionality and specific uses.” Zhu’s advice for consumers looking to conserve cash? Stow away the smartphone when you’re itching to splurge on a guilty pleasure. [h/t Fast Company]

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