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Wednesday links: Rock-paper-scissors and bad writing

It's Wednesday, but I kind of want it to be Friday. I'm got some vacation time next week that's making it hard to concentrate on work.

Here's some other distractions I found on the web this week:

-- Play rock-paper-scissors against a computer. Tell yourself that it's not a complete waste of time, but a lesson in statistical averages. Thanks New York Times. Now program the computer to play rock-paper-scissors-lizard-Spock and I'll be really impressed.

-- Brits are healthier than Americans, and nobody knows why!. But it could have something to do with preventive care at early ages. Here's what I know: When I studied abroad in the U.K. during college, I did not eat healthy. One of my favorite pub foods became chips and cheese, which is thick-cut fried potatoes with plenty of salt, malt vinegar and melted cheese -- oh God, now that's what I want for lunch.

-- Facebook is slowly taking over the world, starting with offering movie rentals. Remember when Google was going to take over the world? Perhaps Mark Zuckerberg and the CEO of Google should battle it out, American Gladiators style, and then post that video on Facebook's new movie rental service.

-- This girl created a life-size Barbie doll to raise awareness about eating disorders. I think it's a pretty good PSA, because the doll looks like something out of a B-horror movie remake of Chuckie.

-- This one's for all you aspiring writers out there -- a documentary about cringe-worthy prose. It's called, appropriately, Bad Writing and includes interviews with writers like David Sedaris and Margaret Atwood, talking about their early literary attempts. Makes me want to find all that angst-ridden poetry I wrote in high school and burn it.

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