The Week: July 8, 2011

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Jul 8, 2011

It’s Friday, and the sun is finally, mercifully, smiling on my rainy little burg. So forgive me if this week’s round-up lacks a proper intro. I’m distracted by all the sunshine and Vitamin-D-processing that’s going on around me.

On to the week that was!

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Is it okay to start with a little bragging and shameless self-promotion? Because I’m going to:

Check out my guest post on Fluent in 3 Months, where I attempt to recapture my high school Spanish skills, and don’t entirely fail.

Oh, and I’m truly tickled about this: The Everywhereist was featured on Fox News 12 in Oregon, in a segment called “Surfin’ with Steph”. So I can now say, “The Everywhereist … as featured on Fox News.” Also, apparently my name is “Geraldrine.” Whatever. That’s cool.

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Joshua Allen Harris creates inflatable monsters that come to life on the streets of New York. They’re animated by the rushing air that comes up from subway vents.

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So that’s how they did it. I always thought it was a result of the ground beneath it sinking.

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Londonist has compiled a list of untrue (but nevertheless widely believed) “facts” about London. The saddest revelation is that there is no lamp powered by farts. (via @DeannaNMc, who’s a total lady and has probably never passed wind in her life)

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This is strangely humbling: “Hey Jude” in flowchart form.

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The Onion is seeking a Pulitzer. Any Pulitzer. (via The New York Times)

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I’m cracking up over this collection of images from vintage menswear catalogs. Four words: Men. In. Belted. Sweaters.

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Sigh. Change “already” to “still”, and you pretty much have my life.

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The Curious Case of Benjaman Kyle: a man in Savannah, GA, is on the missing person’s registry because neither he nor anyone else knows his real identity. (via reddit)

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An online repository of television show intros, dating back to the 1940s. My personal favorite? The Fall Guy. Obviously.

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As someone who spent their childhood on Florida’s space coast, I found Matt Mendelsohn’s reflections on the end of the space program truly moving.

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I love this more than I can possibly say: pictures from a Victorian photo booth.

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That’s it for me this week – I’m off to slather myself in sunscreen before I go play outside (we Pacific Northwesterners burn like dry hay). Stay tuned next week for tales of my visit to The Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, and yes, more tales of cupcakes (this time from Boston!)

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