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A Helium Balloon Bridge

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French artist Olivier Grossette created a helium balloon bridge installation in Cheshire, England that is beautiful and surreal. I want this to be something you can really use! 
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Robot Revolution Update: giving new literal meaning to "manufactured pop act" (or rock act in this case …).
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Long Read: The Land of the Free -- How Virtual Fences Will Transform Rural America. Very cool.
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The Dictionary of Obscure Sorrows may all be made up (and some are a little too flowery), but when he gets it right, he gets it right (like with Kenopsia)
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The top 10 best books for inquiring minds. Definitely bookmarked for future reading.
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So there is a video of Sir David Attenborough comforting a blind baby rhino. And all is right with the world.
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True Facts About The Land Snail, by Ze Frank. If frank language about reproductive organs disturbs you, I would not click!
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From the Annals Of Too Much Time: a picture of a cat dressed up as "Breaking Bad's" Walter White. Frighteningly accurate (much more hair, though). I feel complete.
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Like this picture of downtown Atlanta hotel The Westin, it's time for me to take off. Thanks to everyone who has read my Weekend Links (and sent them in!) over the years - don't stop now! Keep sending your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. As for me, you can follow my continued adventures on Twitter, or cast an eye to my website for my other writing. Love to you all! Adieu!

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A Sports Car is Born
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A Sports Car is Born. The story of that car you wanted as a kid, but thought twice about as an adult.

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The Quiet War Against Ownership. Manufacturers want to maintain control over the products they sell you.

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No One Will Bet Against Science on August 21. Even those who deny climate change will be headed to the solar eclipse totality zone.

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A Brief Tour of European Wedding Cake Traditions. You might want to use one to make your wedding more memorable.

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How the Internet Changed the Meaning of ‘Mamihlapinatapai.’ It perfectly summed up an incident we all know, but now is used to describe online behavior.

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Scientists Discovered a Trove of Volcanoes Hidden Beneath Antarctic Ice Sheet. It might be the densest area of volcanoes in the world.

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The Science of Suffering. Research indicates that trauma can affect your descendants for generations.

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10 Snack Foods Originally Sold as Medicines. While they didn't cure anything, they turned out to be pretty tasty.

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2017 College Football Preview
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Here's Your Crash Course on College Football for 2017. Catch up on everything you should know before the first kickoff.

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The Teenager Who Stole Queen Victoria’s Panties. Edward Jones made a reputation for himself by sneaking into the Royal Palace.

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The Stories Behind TV Production Company Closing Logos. The few seconds of video has no purpose other than to serve as a signature.

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Fast Times at Ridgemont High: 35 Years Later. Writer Cameron Crowe and director Amy Heckerling reminisce about the film that launched a dozen careers.

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Adam Ellis is coming to the realization that his apartment building is haunted. Even his cats know someone is there at midnight.

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The Surprising Origins of Kotex Pads. No one wanted to manufacture a product that couldn't be advertised.

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5 Perfect Accessories for Viewing the Solar Eclipse. And you have just enough time to have them delivered.

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This Super-Sweet Watermelon Has a Deadly History. Thieves risked their lives to steal Bradford watermelons in the 19th century.

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