Ah, the joy of math. But if you're not convinced, you may want to queue up for the Museum of Mathematics, slated to open in 2012, which promises to bring "mirth to math." (we shall see …) Glen Whitney's dream is for the museum to be "a place where it's safe to be a geek" but also a place for non-geeks to perhaps discover a lovable side of a discipline they may not have previously enjoyed (that would be me!)
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From the Annals of Too Much Time (but it's seriously brilliant): One man, 100,000 toothpicks, and 35 years: An incredible kinetic sculpture of San Francisco.
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Did any of you catch the lunar eclipse on Wednesday? (live in person or on a live feed?) Either way, National Geographic compiled some intriguing follow-up info on the longest, darkest and reddest lunar eclipse in a decade.
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The LIFE galleries never fail to disappoint - a compendium of weird medical treatments that will make that snake oil suddenly look awfully helpful …
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File this under Innovative Recycling: an English artist collects discarded gum from city sidewalks (cue the "grossssssss!" response), and creates miniature works of art from them (which are also left in public places). His dedication to his work - on the ground and often in inclement weather - has lead most people to presume he has fallen or is ill, and has also lead to one arrest!
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Extra! Extra! Read all about it - a mysterious humming noise bedevils a tiny English village. A sign of the Robot Revolution, perhaps? Any theories on it, Flossers?
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Bookmark this for a rainy day (or as a nice procrastination tool): 15 Amazing Animated Short films collected for your viewing pleasure.
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To answer the question "did you know?" regarding these English language trivia facts … no, I did not! Impress your friends! Regale your co-workers! Or just load up on some "huh!"
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Staying inside this weekend? Check out the Father's Day related TV line-ups!
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More links tomorrow - in the meantime send your submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com. And don't forget to follow me on Twitter (@FlossyAlli), where I sometimes post ideas on how to keep babysitting interesting … and terrifying.