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Journey to Oz

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Full Disclosure: I am a Wizard of Oz nerd. When I was a kid I read a bunch of the Oz books written by Frank Baum. I remember one time in school we could read whatever novel we wanted to, so I brought in an Oz book from home. This one kid made fun of me and I remember thinking that he was such a nerd for thinking an Oz book was weird. My, the power of perspective. Anyways, because of my love for that wonderful land and the new movie coming out, I’m including a number of Oz-related items today.
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The New Oz Movie + Dark Side of the Moon

We’ve all heard the well-traveled legend about how Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon syncs up with The Wizard of Oz. One writer decided to see how the album marries up with the new film, and his mind was blown.

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What the Wizard Means

There are a number of theories floating around about what the classic 1939 film The Wizard of Oz really means. See if you buy any of these.

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Memoirs of A Munchkin

The oldest surviving Munchkin from the ‘39 film shares some memories of making it.

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The Man Behind the Curtain

The man who created Oz was just as colorful as the land itself.

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OK, enough with that. Some non-Oz links...

The Mystery of the Vanishing Train

New Scientist asks you how this illusion is created.

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Micro Apartments From Above

There is nothing micro about the claustrophobia these pictures create in me.

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Get the Scientists Working on the Space Elevators

The idea sounds insane until you read about how it would work. Then it seems like something that should already have happened.

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The Rich Internet & the Poor Internet

Hopefully they both get mental_floss.

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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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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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