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Weekend Links: Existential French Cat Doesn't Want Your Cheeseburgers

The greatest response to LOLcats ever: existential French cat doesn't want your cheeseburgers. Or anything else in the tedium of his pedestrian life. Oh the humanity! (or catmanity?)
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The New York Times' 32 Innovations That Will Change Your Tomorrow site is just a big tech playground with great presentation. Oh, and the ideas are cool, too!
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From the Department of Inspiration: Hector Picard, double-arm amputee, is riding his bike from Fort Lauderdale to New York.
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It's nothing, I just … I just have something in my eye after looking at 40 of the most powerful photographs ever taken.
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Remember concert tickets? Like hand-written letters, stationery and CDs, they seem to be mostly going the way of the dodo. Here's an infograph on the rise and fall of the concert ticket. Do any of you still save yours? (Or have an old shoebox full?)
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Hackney dash is a little game where you help a radio DJ float through the air with the greatest of ease (or not, if you're like me and terrible at it). And if you get caught playing this next week at work, you can always use the excuse "but it's the BBC!" (Thanks to Christopher for this one).
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Parrondo’s Paradox, or, how to win two games you're guaranteed to lose.
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From the Department of Procrastination - an awesome waste of time: snail art. (But is it really a waste? Seems pretty cool, if tedious to create!)
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Gold Miner is one of those games that you start to play casually and then may possibly spend way too much time thinking about.
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The Secret World War II History Hidden in London's Fences

In South London, the remains of the UK’s World War II history are visible in an unlikely place—one that you might pass by regularly and never take a second look at. In a significant number of housing estates, the fences around the perimeter are actually upcycled medical stretchers from the war, as the design podcast 99% Invisible reports.

During the Blitz of 1940 and 1941, the UK’s Air Raid Precautions department worked to protect civilians from the bombings. The organization built 60,000 steel stretchers to carry injured people during attacks. The metal structures were designed to be easy to disinfect in case of a gas attack, but that design ended up making them perfect for reuse after the war.

Many London housing developments at the time had to remove their fences so that the metal could be used in the war effort, and once the war was over, they were looking to replace them. The London County Council came up with a solution that would benefit everyone: They repurposed the excess stretchers that the city no longer needed into residential railings.

You can tell a stretcher railing from a regular fence because of the curves in the poles at the top and bottom of the fence. They’re hand-holds, designed to make it easier to carry it.

Unfortunately, decades of being exposed to the elements have left some of these historic artifacts in poor shape, and some housing estates have removed them due to high levels of degradation. The Stretcher Railing Society is currently working to preserve these heritage pieces of London infrastructure.

As of right now, though, there are plenty of stretchers you can still find on the streets. If you're in the London area, this handy Google map shows where you can find the historic fencing.

[h/t 99% Invisible]

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Custom-Design the Ugly Christmas Sweater of Your Dreams (or Nightmares)
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For those of you aspiring to be the worst dressed person at your family's holiday dinner, UglyChristmasSweater.com sells—you guessed it—ugly Christmas sweaters to seasonal revelers possessing a sense of irony. But the Michigan-based online retailer has elevated kitsch to new heights by offering a create-your-own-sweater tool on its website.

Simply visit the site's homepage, and click on the Sweater Customizer link. There, you'll be provided with a basic sweater template, which you can decorate with festive snowflakes, reindeer, and other designs in five different colors. If you're feeling really creative, you can even upload photos, logos, hand-drawn pictures, and/or text. After you approve and purchase a mock-up of the final design, you can purchase the final result (prices start at under $70). But you'd better act quickly: due to high demand, orders will take about two weeks plus shipping time to arrive.

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