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22 Formal and Fantastic Geeky Cufflinks

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If you want people to be able to tell exactly what kind of geek you are from your first handshake, these great cufflinks are a perfect way to literally wear your geek on your sleeve.

1. Star Trek

Sure the communicator badge from ThinkGeek is cool, but how awesome is it to wear the U.S.S. Enterprise right there on your sleeve? The only downside is that the ship’s engines may very well get caught on anything you get your wrist near—although that does give you a good excuse to start using the Vulcan salute in place of a handshake.

2. Imperial Vs. Rebels

Do you support the light side or the dark? Whoever you fight for, show your support for the cause by bearing either the Rebel Alliance or Imperial Empire logos on your sleeve. Or, you could always buy both pairs and wear one of each to show that you don’t take sides.

3. Rebel Alliance

As if Etsy seller Mol Gifts’ Alliance cufflinks weren’t nerdy enough on their own, the fact that the Star Wars pieces originally came from a set of LEGOs makes them even more impressive and awesome.

4. R2D2

How could you possibly make a set of R2D2-inspired cufflinks even cooler and nerdier? Make them hold a USB flash drive inside so you can secretly send messages to your Obi-Wan Kenobi.

5. Ewok

These might not be the most formal cufflinks on this list, but they are undoubtedly the cutest. Etsy seller rapscalliondesign certainly did a great job capturing Wicket’s tough, but teddy-bear-like, appearance.

6. Tardis

Time is of the essence, especially if you can travel through both space and time. That’s why these cufflinks by Etsy seller goddessglass10359 are so fantastic—that and the fact that they're beautiful.

7. LEGO

There are plenty of LEGO cufflinks out there, but if you really want to look classy, you’d better go for these gold ones by Etsy seller bitsandbadges.

8. Iron Man

You know these limited edition Marvel cufflinks are special because Iron Man is in silver, rather than his more traditional red and gold.

9. Batman

Something tells me that even if Bruce Wayne wore these cufflinks out to one of his charity galas, people still wouldn’t figure out his alter ego.

10. The Flash

No, wearing these cufflinks won’t make you run any faster, but they still will make your wardrobe look a lot more super.

11. Pow!

There are a lot of downsides to fighting in real life—you could get arrested, you might actually get hurt—but most importantly, real punches don’t land with giant words over them reading “pow” and “bam.” While you might not be able to get those reactions in real life, you can celebrate the wonder of comic book fights with these great Pow! cufflinks by Etsy seller Thetrendyman.

12. Eye of Sauron

I always feel like Sauron is watching me…wait, maybe it’s just those awesome Lord of the Rings cufflinks by Etsy seller Coffin Rock Shop.

13. D-20

If you’re going to get some D20 cufflinks, you might as well get a pair with a little pizzazz so you look classy as well as geeky. These beautiful D-20 cufflinks by Etsy seller Mage Studio certainly do the job nicely. On the downside, they aren’t detachable, so if you’re looking to be able to throw impromptu gaming sessions wherever you sport these, you’ll have to carry a real die along with you.

14. Assassin’s Creed

Be careful of anyone bearing these cool cufflinks by Etsy seller Coffin Rock Shop. They might just be out to slice your throat.

15. Mortal Kombat

For those that grew up shouting “Finish Him” in their favorite arcade, these Mortal Kombat cufflinks by Etsy seller Bazingajewellery are a great way to incorporate some of your favorite childhood memories into your next big event.

16. Game Over

These "game over" cufflinks by Etsy seller Quirkii are a great accessory for any gamer—just try not to wear them to any weddings.

17. Pi

Need something nice to accessorize your suit for your big annual Pi Day black tie gala? Didn’t think so. But if you did, it would be hard to beat these great pi cufflinks by Etsy seller KiolaDesigns.

18. QR Codes

These cufflinks by Etsy seller Beauty Spot are not just geeky—they’re also a good way to promote your website. The seller uses your personalized QR code on each pair, so just have the code link to your site and you have a genius networking tool for every party you go to from now on. Alternatively, this could be an awesome nerdy way to propose to your lady.

19. Circuit Board

Want to show off your pride in your IT job to the world? Well these circuit board cufflinks from ThinkGeek are one stylish way to do so.

20. Einstein

Etsy seller Thetrendyman sells some cufflinks we at the Floss can get behind as they feature our favorite picture of Einstein.

21. Guy Fawkes

Want to give a shout out to Anonymous even at a black tie affair? Simply sport these Guy Fawkes cufflinks, just try not to look like you’ve suddenly joined up with the top 1 percent.

22. Geek

Aren’t sure that any of these other cufflinks really express how geeky you are? Well then, spell it out for the world with these lovely geek cufflinks by Etsy seller whitetruffle.

Do any of you geeky gentlemen readers have your own cufflinks that you are particularly proud of?

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Orlando Animal Shelter Sorts Dogs Into Hogwarts Houses
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Harry is a Gryffindor. Draco is a Slytherin. But what is Fido? An Orlando, Florida animal shelter’s sorting ceremony will decide. As The Dodo alerts us, the Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando has started sorting its adoptable dogs into Hogwarts houses to make it easier for potential adopters to get a sense of their personalities.

For lack of a magic hat, the shelter came up with a test to sort dogs based on their behavior. According to the Pet Alliance:

For example, a dog who takes to learning obedience cues or quickly figures out a puzzle has the KNOWLEDGE of a Ravenclaw. A small dog who has the determination to climb the agility A-Frame possesses the AMBITION of Slytherin house. Our affectionate happy-to-know-you dogs embody the FRIENDLINESS of a Hufflepuff, and a dog who embraces change and new things has the BRAVERY known to all Gryffindors.

A banner labelled “Pawgwarts” shows the Hogwarts houses’ arms with dog silhouettes on them.

Once they’re sorted, the dogs get a banner for their cage that announces their respective house. (Not a lot of dogs are Ravenclaws, which I guess means that puzzle toy is really hard.) The fun promotion has brought in plenty of adopters looking to add a new canine wizard to their own house.

"For many guests visiting our shelter, there is an instant recognition for our 'Pawgwarts Houses,' based on the overwhelming popularity of the book series," Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando communications manager Stephen O'Neal tells Mental Floss. "People come in knowing what their personal house is and are so enthusiastic about our Potter-inspired sorting process." The sorting quiz on the shelter's website has been taken more than 30,000 times, he says.

A sign with a badger printed on it reads "Hufflepuff House Values."

Besides being a very social media-friendly way to advertise dogs, the sorting is a helpful way to show off a dog’s personality traits while avoiding any talk of breed. Since DNA research shows that a huge number of dogs in shelters are labeled as the wrong breed—particularly dogs labeled as pit bulls—the Pet Alliance has stopped listing breeds altogether. And Hogwarts houses describe how a dog acts instead of what its parents looked like, making them far more useful for finding the perfect new pet. At least for Harry Potter fans.

Most of the shelter's cats haven't been sorted (probably because most cats refuse to wear cute clothes) but Cody, at least, deigned to wear his Hufflepuff scarf.

[h/t The Dodo]

All images by Art Faulkner, courtesy Pet Alliance of Greater Orlando.

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This Couple Has Spent the Past 30 Years Visiting Every Cracker Barrel in the U.S.
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Ray and Wilma Yoder are probably America's foremost amateur experts on Cracker Barrel restaurants. As Eater reports, the Indiana couple is on a 30-year quest to eat at every single Cracker Barrel in the U.S. And they’ve almost completed it.

Ray Yoder of Goshen, Indiana, first started going to Cracker Barrel regularly when he worked delivering RVs across the country. Soon, Wilma was coming along, too, and the couple began hunting down Cracker Barrel locations in earnest, a pastime they’ve pursued for the past three decades.

Cracker Barrel got its start in Lebanon, Tennessee, in 1969, and according to Ray, visiting the restaurants while on the road felt like being at home. “It has a down-home spirit, and everybody is friendly,” he told the Lebanon Democrat. He told the paper that stopping at Cracker Barrels helped relieve boredom when he was on the road.

Ray and Wilma Yoder stand in front of two RVs outside a Cracker Barrel.

Now, he and Wilma are celebrities to those in the Cracker Barrel know. Cracker Barrel’s corporate leadership invites them to opening day at new stores. Employees know of them, and sometimes they receive gift baskets when they come in to cross a new Cracker Barrel off their list. People ask to take their picture when they visit.

The 80-year-olds have just two rules for their visits: At each location, they always buy something, even if it’s just a cup of coffee, and leave a tip. There’s no limit on how many Cracker Barrels they’ll go to in a single day, though. They once visited 10 different locations on a drive along the East Coast. Overall, their Cracker Barrel adventure has taken them more than 5 million miles across 44 states.

The Yoders recently visited their 644th Cracker Barrel, attending a ribbon-cutting ceremony for a new location in Lavonia, Georgia, in early July. They’re hoping to hit up the last Cracker Barrel on their list—until the next one opens, that is—by heading to Tualatin, Oregon, sometime later this year.

Update: Portland news station KGW reports that the Yoders have now completed their quest, stopping in at the Tualatin Cracker Barrel on August 28. The company flew them to Oregon for the occasion, which marked the end of their 645-restaurant journey. For now, at least.

[h/t Eater]

All images courtesy Cracker Barrel

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