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Weekend Links: The Dark Side of Facebook Memes

From @b_wildered on Twitter (follow him for all kinds of bizarre and often hilarious things, although this one is quite haunting and beautiful): all the Earth’s traffic — road, air, and ship - are featured in this very cool video of the globe.
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Feeling nostalgic? How about playing Minesweeper? I'll admit, I was terrible back in the day and I'm even worse now. Any champs out there?
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Tuesday's Google doodle was in honor of Gideon Sundback, celebrating his revolutionary design: the zipper. Unfortunately, his contemporaries weren't so sure about it at first.
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Take a look at where it all began (and by "it" I mean all of my links to space pictures): the History of Space Photography exhibition.
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A very interesting article on the dark side of Facebook memes that includes mention of quite a few macros that I bet you have seen recently ...
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Nerd Alert: Hackers convert MIT building into a giant Tetris video game. And it is glorious.
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Another entry to the Annals of Nostalgia (and to take a break from brain activity for a moment): these Forgotten Couples Of The '90s remind us that love is a fleeting thing (and in some of these cases, a very, very strange and hardly believable thing).
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You guys don't know how many animal pictures and videos I skip over during my link-hunting so that this does not become The Weekend Animals (although … that is tempting), but this one I have to share: foxes on a trampoline. Come on! (Thanks Holly!)
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From the cute to the strange: the Nudibranch Blue Dragon.
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Stay tuned - more links tomorrow! And don't forget to send your submissions if you find links of your own to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. Plus, for other oddities throughout the week (and a lot of sports and TV talk) you can also follow me on Twitter.

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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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