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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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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
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BOB GALBRAITH, AFP/Getty Images

How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph?
Robert Penn, Twentieth Century Fox
Robert Penn, Twentieth Century Fox

Just How Intelligent is the Alien Xenomorph? For a slimy, 8-foot insect, it had some canny strategies.

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Sharknado 6 Will Have Nazis and Noah's Ark, Which Seems Weirdly Predictable. Godwin's law should have come into effect long before the sixth film.

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Your Cortex Contains 17 Billion Computers. Our brains are much more complex than we've been told, and we have charts to explain them.

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Is This The Most Crowded Island In The World? A visit to Ilet a Brouee, a micro-sample of Haiti's unnatural history.

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Hilarious Guide To Dog Breeds That Will Help You Choose Your Next Dog. Comic artist Grace Gogarty captures the canine personalities you won't understand from mere pictures.

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Finding a Lost Strain of Rice, and Clues to Slave Cooking. Thought to be gone forever, a chef stumbled across a surviving crop of hill rice in Trinidad.

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29 Secrets Competitive Figure Skaters Will Never Tell You. But we found out anyway.

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This is What the Flu Does to Your Body. You feel like you've been hijacked, because that's exactly what's happening.

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