The Week: July 22, 2011

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Jul 22, 2011

It’s official: I’ve had it with Seattle, at least for the next few days (I need more than 78 minutes of summer). I’m off to Wichita (yes, Wichita) to see an old friend (and a new one). Rand predicts that it will be one of the most foreign experiences of my life. But really, how foreign can it be if I’m spending the weekend with Star Wars fanatics? So while I enjoy some overdue sunshine (in vast amounts), please enjoy these links.

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It is entirely likely that most of the submission on Damn You, Auto Correct are fabricated. Whether that’s true or not, they’re still really, really funny. Check out the 15 most popular submissions from the last year. If you’re like me, you’ll be thankful your mother doesn’t know how to text.

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I shouldn’t laugh about this. Speeding is dangerous, after all. But I’m sure the doctor had a good reason for going 88 miles per hour.

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Simply, quirky, and only a teensy bit wasteful (but hey, it’s in the name of art, so it’s justified): check out drawings on paper towels.

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A new level in counterfeiting: entire fake Apple stores are popping up in China. The only logical next step is a counterfeit Steve Jobs.

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Some of the greatest voice actors of the last century, and a few of the creations they helped bring to life. I always thought that Winnie the Pooh and The Cheshire cat sounded alike!

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It’s basically like The Terminal, but Canadian: Vancouver International Airport is having one of the most bizarre contests, ever. One lucky (term is subjective, mind you) winner will spend 80 days and 80 nights in the airport, recording and sharing a daily 90-second video story about their adventures. It’s only open to residents of British Columbia, which isn’t really that upsetting, because it sounds like a terrible gig. (via Legal Nomads)

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Absolutely fascinating answer on Quora to the question, “What’s it like to be a drug dealer?”

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Totally digging the retro pop art creations of Eric Tan. I particularly like his campaign poster for Back to the Future’s George McFly.

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While it feels a bit gouache to whine about not having a book deal (seriously? If this is the biggest problem you have, THANK JESUS), Allison Robicelli’ rant/cookbook proposal is nevertheless giggle-worthy. Bonus: there is mention of cupcakes. (via @ChefReinvented)

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I love a good bargain, but even I get a little jumpy when it comes to haggling. Check out these Bargaining Tips for the Non-Confrontational from Stephanie of Twenty-Something Travel.

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The BBC polled Brits for their most hated “Americanisms”. While I agree with the stuff that’s grammatically incorrect and non-sensical, are we really getting chastised for using the phrase “Going forward”? Okay, fine, Britain. Going forward, we’ll try to use it less. (via @DeannaNMc)

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Now where’s my sunscreen?

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