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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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Why Tiny 'Hedgehog Highways' Are Popping Up Around London
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Hedgehogs as pets have gained popularity in recent years, but in many parts of the world, they're still wild animals. That includes London, where close to a million of the creatures roam streets, parks, and gardens, seeking out wood and vegetation to take refuge in. Now, Atlas Obscura reports that animal activists are transforming the city into a more hospitable environment for hedgehogs.

Barnes Hedgehogs, a group founded by Michel Birkenwald in the London neighborhood of Barnes four years ago, is responsible for drilling tiny "hedgehog highways" through walls around London. The passages are just wide enough for the animals to climb through, making it easier for them to travel from one green space to the next.

London's wild hedgehog population has seen a sharp decline in recent decades. Though it's hard to pin down accurate numbers for the elusive animals, surveys have shown that the British population has dwindled by tens of millions since the 1950s. This is due to factors like human development and habitat destruction by farmers who aren't fond of the unattractive shrubs, hedges, and dead wood that hedgehogs use as their homes.

When such environments are left to grow, they can still be hard for hedgehogs to access. Carving hedgehog highways through the stone partitions and wooden fences bordering parks and gardens is one way Barnes Hedgehogs is making life in the big city a little easier for its most prickly residents.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]

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Where Should You Place the Apostrophe in President's Day?
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Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" infers that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the nearly 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.


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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington/Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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