Link Tank: FLCL Progressive/Alternative Blu-ray and Funko Pop! Giveaway

FLCL Twitter giveaway, Rosa Parks facts, Oscar 2020 movies ranked, and more in today's Link Tank!

Den of Geek is having an FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative giveaway on Twitter!

To celebrate adult swim’s FLCL Progressive and FLCL Alternative coming to Blu-ray, we’re giving away a Haruko Funko Pop! and a combo Blu-ray! In order to be considered, follow us on Twitter, comment on this Twitter thread and tag a friend. Entries will be accepted until February 12th. One (1) winner will be drawn randomly and then notified via Twitter DM (leave your DMs open!). The winner will have forty-eight (48) hours to respond or another winner will be chosen. Good luck!

Follow and comment here to enter our giveaway!

This Black History Month, we look back at Civil Rights Movement icon Rosa Parks, born February 4, 1913.

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“On December 1, 1955, Rosa Parks solidified her place in the history books by refusing to give up her bus seat to a white passenger—an arrestable offense in then-segregated Montgomery, Alabama. That quiet act of defiance helped kick-start the Civil Rights Movement and made Parks a household name. But it isn’t the only thing she should be remembered for.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

One of the core characters on The Flash is disappearing off screen for a while, but for how long?

“Tuesday’s midseason premiere of The Flash had thrills and chills (that mirror thing!), tears (aw, Barry mourning Oliver) and one very surprising departure from Star Labs. Cisco Ramon (Carlos Valdez), reeling from what he felt was his failure to stop the big Crisis, left the safety of Central City to devote himself to documenting what’s changed in the brave new post-Crisis world. (Which now contains Gorilla City! What?!)”

Read more at The Mary Sue.

Oscar nominated movies are typically great movies, but even among them quality differs. Check out the 2020 contestants ranked.

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“There are 76 hours of Oscar-nominated feature films. Two movies are harrowing documentaries about Syrian hospitals, two are based on magazine articles. Three films revolve around impending matrimony, and one around divorce. There are at least eight brutal snubs (don’t worry Hustlers and The Farewell, I haven’t forgotten about you). And, of course, there are the all-important nine films competing for the title of Best Picture.”

Read more at The Week.

The Wuhan coronavirus is one of the most contagious we’ve seen in a while. Here’s how to know when it’s become a pandemic.

“In recent days, some public health experts and scientists have begun uttering the P-word in reference to a surging outbreak of the new coronavirus that’s already infected at least 24,000 people and killed over 400: pandemic. But when will we know if the Wuhan coronavirus, known as 2019-nCoV, has spread far and wide enough to become one? Using the simplest definition, the thing that most determines a pandemic is the scale of the outbreak, according to Brandon Brown, an epidemiologist at University of California Riverside.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

Listening to music helps you work out better, but why does it work? Here’s what more than a century of research says.

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“More than a century of research confirms that having music on can boost your athletic performance. In a 1911 study, an American researcher noticed that cyclists pedaled more when listening to music. Since, then, the scientific evidence for building a killer workout playlist has just continued to pile up.”

Read more at Inverse.