The Weekend Links
"¢ From my faithful friend Jan, here are Five Great Auditory Illusions. The Barbershop one pretty thoroughly amazed me.
"¢ Blogger Hugh Ryan calls himself the Word Nerd, and his posts explore the etymology of words that come up in current events and pop culture. See his post on traffic "“ a fascinating read for anyone who lives in a city with congestion.
"¢ Buffy the Mosquito Slayer! A special dog trained to sniff out where mosquitoes breed so that they can be stopped. I support legislation that all dogs in the South be taught this useful trade.
"¢ We at mental_floss know what our readers crave - explosions, disasters and of course ... even bigger explosions. To quench your thirst, here is the Sweet 16 of building demolition videos.
"¢ Who didn't love "I'm a man! I'm 40!" as one of the greatest sports press conference meltdowns? Here's a list of the 10 Best for more amazing quotes and good ole fashioned fun.
"¢ A rare photo of Helen Keller and her teacher Anne Sullivan is found almost 120 years after it was taken! (Thanks MadZapper)
"¢ FreeRice.com allows you to improve your vocab while giving back. Not bad, right? I got to level 43 ... can anyone beat me without using a dictionary?
"¢ My friend Sarah sent me this great link "“ a seemingly normal online store ... but wait for it to load ...
"¢ Another gem from PassiveAggressiveNotes.com. This one will ring true for anyone who has had food stolen by friends and co-workers. (More roommate drama that made me laugh can be found here.)
"¢ This election year has been intense already, so you know what that means ... some day soon, a made-for-TV-movie will be born. Who would you cast as Hillary? McCain? Romney? Here are some suggestions to get you started.
"¢ Something we can never get enough of: snarky video game blogs. The Minus World explores the secret racism in Punch-Out, how a color blind gamer copes with the Red Ring of Death and what violent video games dinosaurs played before they killed each other off.
"¢ My co-workers and I laughed so hard at this that I felt like I'd done several hundred crunches. Another dramatic soundtrack video on YouTube, but one definitely worth watching.
In addition to begging for links this week "“ firstname.lastname@example.org, of course "“ I also want to thank everyone for sending in some great stuff. Keep it up, and have a great weekend!