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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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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa
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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa This Holiday Season. Your children will never forget the experience.

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Dr. No: The First James Bond Movie. Peruse some trivia behind the film that started it all in 1962.

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We Should Teach Basic Lifesaving Skills to Everyone. Even kids can develop the skills to be a hero when they are needed.

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The Rise and Fall and Rise of South Africa’s Ostrich King. Lithuanian entrepreneur Max Rose raised his own birds to decorate European ladies' hats.

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In 1932, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and His Wife Rachel of Kiel, Germany, Placed Their Hanukkah Menorah in a Window Facing the Nazi Party Headquarters Across the Street. The family still uses that menorah.

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The Doomsday Diet. Cold War bunkers were stocked for survival, not gourmet dining.

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38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent. If we could pronounce them, we would adopt them.

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The Groundbreaking Life of the First Black Astronaut
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The Groundbreaking Life of the First Black Astronaut. In 1966, Robert Lawrence, Jr. was selected for a space program you've never heard of.

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A Hubo Humanoid Robot Carried the Olympic Torch in Daejon, South Korea, on Monday. It showed off a bit by cutting a hole through a wall to pass the torch on.

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The Little Blue Pill: An Oral History of Viagra. A trial of the blood pressure medicine sildenafil had a strange side effect that made it world-famous.

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Banner Ladies: The Human Billboards of Yesteryear. Looking back on a peculiar advertising trend of the 1870s.

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The Surprising History of the Kimono. It went from simple body covering to cultural icon during the Edo period.

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Confessions of a Star Wars Nerd. No matter how much of a fan you consider yourself, there is always someone who will out-geek you.

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Incredible Photographs of a Doomed 1914 Antarctic Expedition. Over two years, they lived on a ship, on ice, and on an island before they could leave.

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