The Week: August 24, 2012

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Aug 24, 2012

It’s Friday. The last weekend of August is about to begin.

And while fall doesn’t technically start until the 21st of next month, let’s be fair: early September is fall. It is. The sun is shining, but I can feel a chill in the air. We can desperately cling to summer, but the weather has already made it known: the warmth is over, kids.

On the plus side, this means I can start eating pumpkin-flavored treats, right? While I scrounge some of those up, you enjoy these links:

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This week, I was interviewed by Conde Nast Traveler! Check it out.

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Amazing little ants with transparent abdomens become an array of colors when they eat bright sugar water. Phew.

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See, people? This is why I buy those Forever stamps: The U.S. Postal Service is stuck with 682 million unsold Simpsons stamps.

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I seriously can’t get enough of the new xkcd “What If?” site. In this installment, they answer the question of what happens when the entire world’s population gets together in one spot and jumps at the same time.

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I give you the Pink Fairy Armadillo. Via the awesome Abe, who said it best: “I really want one.”

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This article on Jezebel positively skewers a sexist Yahoo! article – and it’s an absolute riot to read.

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While they might have made sense at one point, these old ads – which depict infants wrapped in cellophane, among other things – literally made my jaw drop.

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Remember when I wrote about how we saw the arm of the Milky Way above Crater Lake, but I couldn’t capture on camera? Fortunately, NASA delivers.

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A family of four is stranded at an airport for six days. Lesson learned: don’t fly with a group on buddy passes.

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Blog reader Mandy just sent me a link to  the covers of all the magazines and books that appear in The Royal Tenenbaums. As a noted Wes Anderson devotee (I even went to visit the Tenenbaum house in Harlem), I geeked out.

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Aaaand that’s it for me this week! I might be blogging from the road next week, if I can get my act together. Stay tuned.

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