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Weekend Links: Sew Vintage

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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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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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