The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

"¢ It's Super Bowl time! Here are some lamentably familiar personalities to avoid when sending invites for your party. And as we are reminded in this vintage piece from Page 2, the Super Bowl can in fact kill you.

"¢ The candidates aren't talking a great deal about education, but bow howdy here's an example of why they should. (Courtesy of 'Conventional Stupidity')

"¢ There may be an Arrested Development movie in the works. (The Jason Bateman show, not the people who brought you "Tennessee.")

"¢ The Truth may be Out There, but so far we haven't been able to find it concerning these science mysteries. (Thanks, Freezair)

"¢ We've posted about double dipping this week, but here's another take on the debate from the Wall Street Journal (Thanks to Jason's lovely wife Ellen)

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"¢ In their desire to make crayon colors increasingly nuanced, Crayola has introduced shades like "inch worm" and "antique brass." I for one don't know how many times I've been frustrated beyond belief that the color "magic mint" was retired (mint magic? really?). See the evolution of the Crayola color wheel here.

"¢ Ever wondered how spy gadgets work?

"¢ Haute couture is often so art-driven that its practicality is sometimes lost. Judge for yourself here in a showcase of world (or interplanetary) fashions. Also ... is that third model Tom Brady?

"¢ Beer. It has its own bowl, it has its own hat, and it has more flavors and uses than one can hardly dare imagine. (Thanks as always to Jan from ATL, who keeps me in business)

"¢ Obligatory mention of the "I Read Mental Floss" Facebook group.

"¢ Whoa whoa whoa ... (1) there was a Gladiators 2000 (which apparently I missed) and (2) Ryan Seacrest was involved? (via TVTattle)

"¢ There's something about this video Lisa sent in that is haunting and poignant (be sure to turn up your speakers!) even though it involves a chocolate easter bunny.

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"¢ What does your phone number spell? This site sent in by Breann from IL might help you figure out a snazzy way for people to remember your digits. Part of a number I tried came out "Me-4-Me," which sounds like a vanity plate. Moreover, I should be wary that T.O. might be looking to trademark it.

"¢ And in the 'reader photo of the week' department, let's celebrate the work of parkesmj, who submitted these photos from New Zealand:

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If you're a Flickr user, simply tag your pics you'd like us to consider "flossphotos." And stay tuned for Ransom's next project with his freelance photographer army.

"¢ And please keep sending me links! To make it worth your while, the 1st and 20th people to send me something flossy win free mental_floss t-shirts. (

[Last Weekend's Links]