Mental Floss

The Weekend Links

Allison Keene

"¢ Let's kick things off with 10 Historic Monuments Dedicated to Great Geeks.

"¢ From Denise, a cool video about the significance of images seen by the Hubble telescope. Perhaps it will transport you back to those planetarium field trips of old, first agog at the sheer vastness of space. It may make you feel insignificant, that we're all just grains of sand in the universe, but don't worry—some grains of sand can be pretty darn interesting.

"¢ I'll let Eric explain this game in his own words: "Warning: not recommended for people who have governments, constituents, nuclear power plants or mob bosses waiting on them. For everyone else, though, this is mighty addicting." My score was pitiful ... under 100. We'll leave it at that. Any high scores out there?

"¢ It's been pretty rainy and dreary here in Atlanta for the past week, but thanks to Andi's link for 101 Things to Do When You're Bored, I've made my afternoons much more interesting.

"¢ From CollegeHumor, a list of Firefox Extensions You Probably Didn't Know About. Some might not be suitable for work. But if you're stuck working on a Saturday, your boss should look the other way.

"¢ A sundry of great links from Flossy reader Josiah: first, alliteration gone too far—a story written only in words beginning with the letter W. If this doesn't drive you a little mad, or at least thinking in an Elmer Fudd voice, I don't know what could.

"¢ A fantastic, informative video from the Onion News Network on how to pretend like you care about the election.

"¢ I think working in an environment with these 3D wall paintings would have me running into a lot of walls...

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"¢ From Jan, 24 unforgettable advertisements, including the skin cancer awareness ad above. The PETA "human meat" display is not for the sensitive. But as for the others ... if only so much innovation and thought went into other things, imagine!

"¢ Also from Jan, "The Secret Language of Cocktails," or, What Your Cocktail Says about You, none of which are particularly positive, which perhaps indicates something more general.

"¢ From our own Flossy intern Kristen, a link to an alarm clock so vicious it starts calling random numbers from your phone when you ignore it in favor of slumber. If any of my friends got this horrid thing I would demand they remove my number at once. If waking up is really that big of a problem for you, perhaps try changing your sleep patterns.

"¢ Whitney Matheson of USA Today PopCandy fame is at Lebowski Fest. Here's her Lebowski Fest FAQ, and keep checking back for her live updates.

"¢ Here's an unusual stop-motion animation sent over by Michael from The Daily Tube.

"¢ Friend of the Floss Wil Wheaton will be guest starring on Criminal Minds.

"¢ My friend Kevin sends me a plethora of great links during the week, but this one caught my fancy to share—a video on why cell phones are evil, as revealed by someone who microwaved theirs. So what if they used some animation tricks? We know it's close enough to the truth.

"¢ No doubt most of you guys have tried this before, but I find it just as weird now as when it was first shown to me—Larry shares with us the old foot movement trick on his blog. Putting my foot in the air didn't do much, but shuffling it around on the floor in a circle worked like a charm. Could anyone resist its powers?

"¢ One of my best link-finders, Angie, has lead me to this site of pictures made from typography. Great for all your font-philes and word worshipers out there.

"¢ Feeling lonely? Or just looking to take over the world? Here are some key excerpts from Dale Carnegie's influential How to Win Friends and Influence People.

"¢ I know there are quite a few web applications similar to this one where you can create your own snowflake, but I found this particular site pretty stellar and fun to play with.

"¢ Finally, this ole thing just to make your head spin.

Hope everyone had a great 4th of July last week, and that you have a crackerjack weekend coming up! Remember to send all links, internet arcana, pictures, and shameless plugs to, or add FlossyLinks to your Google Notebook.
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