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Laura McKellar

Weekend Links: Sew Vintage

Laura McKellar
Laura McKellar

This isn’t your great-aunt Mary’s sewing circle: Laura McKellar layers intricate embroidery over the faces in vintage portraits of women and children, creating a mixed-media masquerade.

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Instead of searching Netflix for the perfect Saturday night horror movie, read up on these 7 terrifying historical figures. Between Vlad the Impaler, the real-life inspiration for Dracula, and the Elizabeth Bàthory, the “Blood Countess,” there’s enough here to keep you wide-eyed and awake through Sunday afternoon.

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Diverse racial representations ahoy, all you rabid Downton Abbey fans! The show has issued a casting call for its first black character, Jack, a “very handsome” man who can “sing brilliantly.” 

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Now that the post-Oscars frenzy of second-guessing the Academy’s decisions has mostly died down, we can all calmly enjoy these 19 unseen moments from Sunday’s awards ceremony.

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For a more polished approach to celebrity portraiture, here’s a series of Polaroid mosaics of such A-Listers as George Clooney and Lady Gaga. Photographer Maurizio Galimberti has broken down the famous figures into their component features, ultimately aligning the shots to create a whole bigger than the sum of its parts.

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Even after writing bestselling novels, some authors/professors hang on to their day jobs, and their course syllabi prove they take their academic responsibilities very seriously.

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Let’s not forget about the Razzies, the distinctions awarded every year to the best of Hollywood’s worst.

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Why Restaurants Love Buffets Even More Than You Do
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Why Restaurants Love Buffets Even More Than You Do. While you get all you can eat, they profit in several ways.

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Kate Middleton’s Postpartum Look Sums Up Our Untenable Expectations for Women. Seven hours after the prince was born, she was posing for pictures.

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When the U.S. Kept Losing Nuclear Bombs. Some are still out there, waiting to be found someday.

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Play Saturn's Rings Like a Harp. An image of the rings from the Cassini probe has been linked to harp sounds, so you can pluck them with your mouse.

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Feed the World With Bad Music: The Wacky World of Charity Singles. There have been a lot more of them than you realized.

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Mitchel Wu Has a Lot of Toys. They are the subjects of his photographs, placed in unexpected settings in odd combinations that show us another side to life as a pop culture icon toy.

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Decoding My Pup's DNA. More evidence that mutts are the best.

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How Did Saloons in the Old West Lock Their Doors at Night? The swinging doors you see in Westerns weren't up to real security.

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The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History
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Marvel

The Battle of New York: An Avengers Oral History. It took a huge team of professionals to pull it off.

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The Mountain Man Who Outran His Captors Barefoot and Naked. John Colter had to think fast to escape Blackfoot country.

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A Program to Guide You to College Success. First-generation college students do much better when they have personal guidance from trained counselors.

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When Don the Talking Dog Took the Nation by Storm. He only knew eight words, but was the hit of the vaudeville circuit.

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A Spring Drive in Nepal. A driver must have nerves of steel to avoid waterfalls cascading over the mountain road.

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The Heart-Racing Drama of Dissecting a Beached Whale. Dr. Joy Reidenberg shares stories from her unique job.

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The Robot-Operated Power Plant of the Future. One is already being built in Japan.

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7 Times People Were Awarded Lifetime Supplies Of Things. That's the way to make a few lifetime fans.

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