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Gay Hobbits and Middle-Earth Matrimony?

I'm not sure if you've been following the recent controversy in Middle Earth, but the video game company behind Lord of the Rings Online has recently decided not to allow players to get married. As G4 is reporting,

"It's not because marrying someone in a videogame is way too dorky to even consider, either: The prohibition is for a more complicated, compelling reason."

Essentially, it all comes down to gay marriages. Worried that homosexual hobbits and interspecies relationships go against Tolkein's fantasy, the company Turbine has announced that they're putting the kibosh on Middle Earth weddings (and more importantly civil unions), much to the dismay of gay gamers and anyone who wants to see more elf-Hobbit matrimony. Read more here at G4.

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Take a Rare Glimpse Inside the World's Largest Seed Reserve
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Since 2008, the remote Arctic island of Spitsbergen has been home to the world’s largest seed storage facility, known as the Svalbard Global Seed Vault.

The 11,000-square-foot facility contains nearly 865,000 seed samples—many of which are crops—and functions as both a reserve in the event of a catastrophe and as a backup for other seed banks around the world. Countries can send samples for preservation and access the reserves as needed (the effort is funded by Norway in conjunction with the organization Crop Trust). The vault was opened for the first time last year in light of the destruction caused by the Syrian War.

Access to the fault is notoriously limited, but AJ+ has a glimpse inside on its YouTube page. It’s a rare look at a place that isn’t known for its looks, but holds some of the planet’s most beautiful and valuable offerings.

[h/t The Kid Should See This]

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This Infographic Explains the Difference Between Perfume and Eau de Toilette
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Ever wondered why you can't smell the perfume you dabbed on earlier this morning? Maybe it's because you aren't actually wearing perfume. Instead, you likely applied eau de toilette, cologne, or another type of fragrance.

These sprays contain different concentrations of fragrance oil dissolved in solutions of alcohol and water. Scents with a heavier amount of oil are stronger, they're more expensive, and they also last for longer periods of time. Even the most discerning shopper might not know whether to opt for parfum or eu de parfum when perusing bottles of Chanel No. 5 at the fragrance counter—or even realize there's a difference. 

If you'd prefer to smell like a few roses instead of a field of them, it's handy to know the difference between perfume, eau de parfum, eau de toilette, cologne, and eau fraiche when you're out shopping for a new scent. Lifehacker recently ran this handy infographic by Real Men Real Style, which breaks down the strength of each fragrance along with how long it lasts. Use it as a guide to purchase the perfect product for you.

[h/t Lifehacker]

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