10 Wonderful Short Stories to Read For Free Online Had she not passed away at the too-young age of 39 from lupus, today would have been legendary Southern Gothic author Flannery O’Connor’s 87th birthday. To celebrate her legacy of pitch-perfect short stories and razor-sharp wit, we’ve collected a few of our favorite works from some of the best short story writers of all time, all available online — though we can’t promise reading them that way will be as satisfying as hefting a huge tome of collected stories. This is not meant to be a definitive list of the best short stories in the world, but merely a celebration of the form and a collection of ten of our many favorites, limited to those that we could track down online, to make your Sunday afternoon a little better. Click through to read ten stories from some of literature’s greats, and link us to your own favorites in the comments!
Alt+Escape Alt+Escape May 2010 Don't Touch My Gems! John Funk , 14 May 2010 17:00 Comments  Curvy Curvy is a HTML5 puzzle game using the canvas element. Just rotate the tiles so that like colors connect. Modernizr tells me you don't have canvas support in your browser. Sadly, this game uses technology that's only in browsers with HTML5 support. We've tested Chrome 12, Firefox 4 and Opera 11. Why you should learn to lucid dream If you’ve never experienced it then you may find it hard to understand what lucid dreaming is all about. In fact you may be thoroughly sceptical and dismiss the whole thing as silly nonsense. But I can tell you from personal experience that lucid dreams are very real and something that many millions of people regularly enjoy. Note: Due to the huge amount of interest that this post has generated I am now seriously considering writing a book on the subject, and I would welcome input from anyone with an interest. If you have any anecdotes, suggestions, dreams or anything else you’d like to share with me for possible inclusion in the book, please email me.
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13 Cool Plastic Shopping Bags Apparently the U.S. is lagging way behind Europe when it comes to witty shopping bag design. These 13 were spotted on an interesting site called BoredPanda.com, which calls itself “a highly visual oddities magazine dedicated to showcasing the world’s most creative artworks, offbeat products and everything that’s really weird or wonderful.” A perfect fit for the _floss, I’d say! As always, let us know your favorite in the comments below.
ntainer living: a home for under £50,000 “We’ve got a main room, which is about five metres by seven, and an area for the kitchen-and-shower room, which is about two metres by two. It’s a bit of a squeeze sometimes, when we’re all here. We’ve got two cats. But, like the Tardis, it’s actually a lot bigger inside than it looks from the outside. “We also find that, because we haven’t got a lot of space, we do have to keep it tidy. But that’s not such a bad thing.
250 Quality Conversation Starters: The Only List You'll Need Here are some great questions for starting a conversation. There are a lot of random conversation starters to get you started and then conversation questions listed by topic. You can start with the random questions or find a topic that interests you. There’s no right place to start, just scroll down to wherever you want and get started! There are tons of ways to use these questions. I find that the most rewarding way is for everyone to pull up this list of conversation starters on a phone or tablet, and then take turns letting everyone choose a question to ask the group. Another 20 games that make you think about life First we gave you five. Then we gave you ten. Now we are giving you 20 games that make you think about life.
Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed To play devil's advocate here, all the book said was that Rue had dark skin. Which leaves the field wide open. She could be NA, Indian, Asiatic, Black, Latino, or about a dozen other races and sub-races. Heck, dark skin and dark hair could even make her a tanned Italian, not a far cry considering how many of the districts labor outdoors. Each person saw Rue differently, and the description was deliberately vague. The girl onscreen could not POSSIBLY have lived up to every single expectation.