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mid-week round-up

It is finally (officially) Fall! YAY!!! What are you up to this week? Yesterday I worked from the library on FIU’s campus and Chet treated me to lunch at the University’s faculty club. There was legit a piano player and gold rimmed tea cups with saucers. Not too shabby for a Tuesday afternoon. Hope you have a great rest of your week, and here are some links I’ve found interesting lately…

Ask a mortician explains the frozen bodies of Mt. Everest and Titanic’s dead.

Related: On the rooftop of the world.

NPR names Lost Bayou Rambler’s Kalenda a song they love.

Photos from a battered Puerto Rico.

Elaine Welteroth, editor-in-chief of Teen Vogue, has reinvented the magazine.

Mark Zuckerberg’s American Tour.

37 unique scare movies every horror fan must see.

These would be perfect to have on hand this Fall to sweeten a cup of tea and soothe a sore throat.

Related: Hot Toddy Recipe

In 13 states, parents can force teen moms to give birth without an epidural.

How do families around the world spend their vacation?
(All of these vacays look really nice but the photos from the water park in China give me so much anxiety. TOO. MANY. PEOPLE!)

100 lunch ideas when you’re not sure what the heck to pack for work.

How cute is this pillow?

A secret history of the pissing figure in art.

P.S. A few Finding Delight posts you may have missed — An Afternoon of Art – Frost Art Museum and Must-Haves For Sleeping in the Heat.

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It’s all an illusion…

I, like many people my age, spend a lot of time online. I keep up to date with my friends near and far via Facebook feeds, I read an insane amount of blogs and lately, I find myself killing a lot of time on Instagram and Youtube. However, I try to take in this media with a constant reminder that someone’s online presence isn’t necessarily their reality…that these bitesize presentations of “life” are more performance than holistic depictions.

In an effort to prove just that, Dutch university student, Zilla van den Born set up a grand illusion. She told friends and family she would be backpacking Southeast Asia for the next 5 weeks and used social media and Skype dates to continue the hoax…

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For the next 5 weeks only her boyfriend knew the truth…She was actually still in Amsterdam–dining at Asian restaurants, visiting Buddhist temples and swimming in her apartment’s pool (those fish you see above? Photoshopped). But Zilla’s prank wasn’t part of some awesome Dutch MTV reality show where Catfish meets Punk’d. The hoax was part of a university project highlighting how we manipulate and filter (literally and figuratively lol) ourselves on social media and how easy it is to create an online “reality” completely void of the truth.

I will certainly keep Zilla’s project at the back of my mind the next time I’m feeling a little green with envy while perusing perfectly styled plates of food on Instagram or intricate DIY craft projects on Pinterest. I will consider the scenes which were left to whither on the cutting room floor.

(Pictures via Zilla van den Born’s Facebook profile by way of here.)