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Weekend Links: The 2,000-Year-Old Computer

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That eternal elevator conversation fodder, weather talk: Is there a way to make it interesting? The BBC says yes (and I concur!)
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Check out the interactive map "the Connected States of America," which shows which counties across the country have the highest rates of cell phone and text message usage. Not surprisingly, it's mostly (though not totally) tied to population. Did your county's placement surprise you?
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There's an extraordinary 2,000-year-old computer that you've probably never heard of. "The Antikythera mechanism was designed to predict movements of the sun, moon and planets. Why isn't it better known?"
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"High in the Himalayan foothills, fearless Gurung men risk their lives to harvest massive nests of the world's largest honeybee." Haunting and amazing.
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Simple question with a complex answer: did humans make tools, or did tools make humans? (But not in a Cylon way.)
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Another question: how does Vatican City deal with criminals?
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For my fellow soccer fans who find the summer months slow (though not this year - the Euros and the Olympics, huzzah!), here's how Britons deal with the dearth of footie with shin kicking competitions. In fact, the 2012 World Shin Kicking Champion has just been crowned.
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Haven't you always wondered how to anodize aluminum? No? Well! This video makes it pretty darn interesting.
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Lovely rainbow origami street art. Far preferable to the lame graffiti I see around here. Inspired now to try some of your own? Here's a great animated tutorial on how to make a paper crane.
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Stay tuned - more links on the way tomorrow! In the meantime, send you submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com.

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Little Baby's Ice Cream
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Pizza and Cricket Cake Are Just Some of the Odd Flavors You'll Find at This Philadelphia Ice Cream Shop
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Little Baby's Ice Cream

Ice cream flavors can get pretty out-there, thanks to the growing number of creative scoop shops willing to take risks and broaden their customers’ horizons beyond chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry. Intrepid foodies can cool off with frozen treats that taste like horseradish, foie gras, and avocado, while Philadelphia's Little Baby’s Ice Cream is pushing the boundaries of taste with chilly offerings like everything bagel, Maryland BBQ, ranch, and cricket cake.

Cricket-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

Everything Bagel-flavored ice cream, created by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

As Lonely Planet News reports, Little Baby’s Ice Cream launched its first signature “oddball” ice cream—Earl Grey sriracha—in 2011. Since then, its rotating menu has only gotten quirkier. In addition to the aforementioned flavors, customers who swing by Little Baby’s this summer can even try pizza ice cream.

The store created the savory flavor in 2011, to celebrate neighborhood eatery Pizza Brain’s inclusion into Guinness World Records for its vast collection of pizza memorabilia. The savory, Italian-esque snack is made from ingredients like tomato, basil, oregano, salt, and garlic—and yes, it actually tastes like pizza, Little Baby’s co-owner Pete Angevine told Lonely Planet News.

Pizza-flavored ice cream, made by Philadelphia-based Little Baby's Ice Cream
Little Baby's Ice Cream

“Frequently, folks will see it on the menu and be incredulous, then be convinced to taste it, giggle, talk about how surprised they are that it really tastes just like pizza … and then order something else,” Angevine said. “That’s just fine. Just as often though, they’ll end up getting a pizza milkshake!”

Little Baby’s flagship location is in Philadelphia's East Kensington neighborhood, but customers can also sample their unconventional goods at additional outposts in West Philadelphia, Baltimore, and a pop-up stand in Washington, D.C.’s Union Market. Just make sure to bring along a sense of adventure, and to leave your preconceived notions of what ice cream should taste like at home.

[h/t Lonely Planet]

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Warby Parker
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Warby Parker Is Giving Away Free Eclipse Glasses in August
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Warby Parker

When this year’s rare “all-American” total solar eclipse comes around on August 21, you’ll want to be prepared. Whether you’re chasing the eclipse to Kentucky or viewing it from your backyard, you’ll need a way to watch it safely. That means an eclipse filter over your telescope, or specially designed eclipse glasses.

For the latter, you can just show up at your nearest Warby Parker, and their eye experts will hand over a pair of eclipse glasses. The stores are giving out the free eye protectors throughout August. The company’s Nashville store is also having an eclipse party to view the celestial event on the day-of.

Get your glasses early, because you don’t want to miss out on this eclipse, which will cross the continental U.S. from Oregon to South Carolina. There are only so many total solar eclipses you’ll get to see in your lifetime, after all.

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