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Laura McKellar

Weekend Links: Sew Vintage

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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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Vampires, Ghosts, and Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants
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Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s. The Miss American Vampire Contest was a hit, but Miss Ghost America was not.

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As Users Opt for the Discounted iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Sales Underwhelm. It turns out that price and features matter more than owning the latest version, which may bode poorly for the iPhone X.

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Naps Have Amazing Health Benefits. Just a little shut-eye can make you more productive the rest of the day.

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The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead. The movie crew didn't know they were using a real human skeleton until years later.

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There are No Spiders in This Pie. In case you were thinking there were, which you were not.

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It's Time to Bring Back Memento Mori.  Reminders of our own mortality could spur us to make the most out of the time we have.

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12 Creepy DIY Halloween Projects to Scare Your Guests. Any of them will add life to your Halloween party!

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The Phantoms of Paris
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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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