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The Weekend Links

Allison Keene
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There's a never ending supply of websites featuring pets doing silly, amazing, cute or preposterous things. Why? Because we obviously cannot get enough of them! (there's a thesis paper in there somewhere, I can sense it). In any case, here's another one, found by Whitney: Sad Pets in Costumes.
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Sleeping in your own bed after a long trip, being able to carry all the groceries from the car in one swoop, that miracle of science when the amount of toilet paper left on the toll is the exact amount you need - these are just some of the quietly awesome things in life, but here are a whole bunch more: 1000 awesome things.
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We can now officially say "there are plants who have more personality than you!" Apparently, plants have a social life, too
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A beautiful and haunting site: the Suitcase Exhibition: "When Willard Psychiatric Center in New York's Finger Lakes closed in 1995, workers discovered hundreds of suitcases in the attic of an abandoned building.  Many of them appeared untouched since their owners packed them decades earlier before entering the institution."
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Feeling fishy? Check out one of these 7 Over-the-Top Aquariums. I am chuffed to see my own Georgia Aquarium here in Atlanta is featured - and yes, those grouper really are that huge!
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When desiring to become an Evil Overlord, there are certain things you should remember: be sure your ventilation ducts are too small to crawl through; never utter the sentence "but before I kill you there's just one thing I want to know" to the hero; if you have usurped your brother's power and kingdom, dispose of him and don't just keep him locked up in a dingy cellar that anyone could access! Of course, these are only a few of the 100 Things any good genre savvy overlord would do.
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I don't know if anyone else remembers those commercials the NFL used to do toward the end of the season where they would feature fictional pre-season conversations about players who were "certain" to blow up (who turned out to be duds), or teams who were losers (but ended up going almost undefeated), but I loved them. In that same vein, Page 2 looks back at 12 of the least-prescient athletic predictions of the past half-century.

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