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The Weekend Links: The Real-Life Iron Man Suit

Allison Keene
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The Apollo 18 mission may be Hollywood fabrication, but how close is it to having actually been truth? After the US government declared the space race "won," a sundry of future missions were aborted. So … what if?
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Another example of Hollywood fiction becoming reality: check out the real-life Iron Man suit (the designs of which were used as prototypes in the films).
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For those of you who are fans of PostSecret (featured on the Weekend Links in the past), get ready for even more - the app is upon us complete with its own trailer!
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From my friend Dekalb, a story that will keep you up all night: The Mystery of the Body on Somerton Beach. Apparently it inspired Stephen King's "The Colorado Kid," which I clearly need to read!
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Fascinating: the origins of 2-way pictures (a drawing that means one thing when held up and another when you turn it upside down)
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When people say "that's some explosive art" they don't usually mean literally … but in this case it's true! Check out the art of explosions.
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I've been in some apartments that feel like caves, and I could not imagine living in one of these Cappadocian Cave Homes (perhaps it's cozy?). There's a hipster joke somewhere … "this city is so underground, you've probably never heard of it." There we go!
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Check out these 10 amazing skydiving feats from the safety of the ground. Have any of you Flossers been skydiving?
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Looking for some new reads now that beach reading season is over? How about something a bit creepy? NPR's "You Must Read" segment suggests the works of Algernon Blackwood (what a great name!) and his collection of supernatural thrills. (This was on my mind after someone I know hadn't heard of the "it's raining, it's pouring / the old man is snoring" rhyme … I looked it up for the full verses and realized that the man in question was probably dying ... Yikes!)
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Stay tuned - more links on the way tomorrow! In the meantime send you submissions to FlossyLinks@gmail.com!

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