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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 History of Monopoly
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Elizabeth Magie and the History of the Board Game Monopoly. What it became was a far cry from her original intention.

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How North American Bison Ended Up in the Swiss Alps. Several Alpine herds are all descended from one farmer's crazy idea.

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South Georgia Island Is Officially Free of Its Bird-Killing Rodents. The invasive species wrecked the balance of nature for 250 years.

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Listen to These Auditory Illusions When You’re Bored With Laurel and Yanny. Learn about five ways your brain affects what you hear.

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Everybody Once Thought Stegosauruses Could Actually Fly. Early fossil finds led one paleontologist into wild speculation about the dinosaur.

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The Truth About the First Academy Awards and the Dog Rin Tin Tin. He was a good boy, but not an Oscar winner.

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Las Vegas is everything right—and wrong—with sports right now. Stadiums built with tax money rarely benefit the taxpayers.

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15 Life Hacks to Make Doing the Dishes a Breeze. Make them a habit to save yourself time and trouble.

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Queen Will, Queen Will Rock You in the Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer
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Alex Bailey, 20th Century Fox

Queen Will, Queen Will Rock You in the Bohemian Rhapsody Trailer. Starring Rami Malik as Freddie Mercury, the film covers the rise of Queen from 1970 to 1985.

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These Photos Show How Much Public Transportation Has Changed In America. Imagine traveling on a turnpike in a horse and buggy.

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The Jaguar Is Made for the Age of Humans. An encounter in the wilderness of Peru’s Candamo Valley highlights the uniqueness of the Western Hemisphere's biggest cat. 

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The Truth Behind Jeff Goldblum’s Iconic Jurassic Park Shirtless Scene Finally Emerges. It wasn't in the original script.

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A New Study Brings Us Closer to Understanding if Jupiter's Moon Europa Could Host Alien Life. Data from the Galileo mission two decades ago indicates water on the surface.

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How to Make Perfect Fried Rice. Although it is "perfect," commenters suggest variations for different tastes anyway.

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I Love Department Stores. They make shopping a unique and pleasant experience.

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12 Habits That Are Costing You Money. Changing the little things can add up over time.

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