How do I open weblinks with Firefox, not Gedit?

view story

http://askubuntu.com – I save links as files, rather the using bookmarks. I just drag the URL field from Firefox onto my desktop/folder. Recently these stopped opening in Firefox, and started "opening" in Gedit. Even in Gedit, the file errors. The only way I can open these to even see the link is by using vim, having navigated to the file from the terminal. There are a number of threads with similar problems, to solutions to which I have tried to no avail. <THIS THREAD> describes exactly my problem, but no solution is posted. Example URL File Contents: [Desktop Entry] Encoding=UTF-8 Name=Link to Google Type=L (HowTos)