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Weekend Links: 88 Books That Shaped America

Allison Keene
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The Library of Congress has chosen 88 books that shaped America, do you agree with their choices? They are willing to take your suggestions as well!
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From James (link-hero this week): "For some reason this one made me laugh out loud.  Maybe it is my memory of seeing John Boorman's 'Excalibur' and hearing this during one of the pivotal scenes - or maybe it was the memory of one of the Stanley Cup winners using O Fortuna to present the Cup to their team at the first game of the following season, but for whatever reason, I will now be singing this as Gopher Tuna - sorry Carl Orff." Point is, this misheard lyrics video is hilarious.
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Here's a dose of creepy for you - famous American death masks. Reminds me a bit of Victorian death photography
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Is it a bird? Or a plane? No, it's a dragon fight in the heart of Orion!
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A fascinating graphic of tornado tracks in the United States through history, highlighted for intensity. Also a guide for where not to live if tornados are your #1 fear.
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I know the Sh*t People Say meme died a long time ago, but I think its worth resurrecting for this incarnation which focuses on American soccer fans (I am guilty of a few of these but it did make me laugh). KAKA!
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Classic Movie Stars Spending Time With Their Pets. Get the Kleenex ready if you watch that video at the end with Jimmy Stewart talking about his beloved dog.
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"It's the economy, stupid!" At least, that's the advice that could have possibly prevented these Ten Economic Blunders from History.
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In case you missed it, the San Diego fireworks show had a mishap that resulted in everything exploding in 15 seconds. Honestly I have always wondered what it would look like if they just set off all fireworks in a mass explosion … now I know! Thank you, City of San Diego!
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