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Weekend Links: Atop the New World Trade Center

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Construction on the new World Trade Center building isn’t complete yet, but this sneak peek from the observation deck (opening in 2015) will make you excited for when it will be.

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Who is this mythical “fat lady” and why is she singing? Find out with the Oxford Dictionaries Online’s handy explanation of some common idioms; you’ll be over the moon to learn something new.

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Don’t click this if you’re hungry: a slideshow of 13 Great Movie Sandwich Scenes won’t help the situation.

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Mark Twain’s ode to his favorite American foods won’t help either, but here’s a taste from the seafood section: “Oyster soup. Clam soup. Philadelphia Terapin soup. Oysters roasted in shell – Northern style. Soft-shell crabs. Connecticut shad.  Baltimore perch.”

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Miramax has been a boon to independent movie lovers in the years since its birth in the late ‘80s. This list of 50 Best Miramax Movie Moments ever pays homage to some of its gems.

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Previous installments of the Weekend Links have featured images of truly incredible libraries around the world; this week, we’re diving into the digital world with these ten amazing libraries built in Minecraft. Some are recreations of real buildings and some are completely imagined, but they’ll all leave you conflicted over whether you want to pick up a book or a Minecraft-equipped smartphone.

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If you were looking a precise term for that particular shade of green that copper takes on when it oxidizes, it’s “verdigris green.” Twice-baked bread might come out of the oven a distinct shade of “bisque,” and a very particular hue of purple orchid can be described as “cattleya,” according to Merriam-Webster’s list of Words for Unusual Colors.

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American poet and wise woman Maya Angelou turned 85 this past week. Let’s take a moment to appreciate some of the truths she’s shared with us over the years.

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Volcanic Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice
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Solid Evidence of Eruptions Under Antarctic Ice. Over 100 volcanoes, hidden under ice sheets, could destabilize the continent.

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In 1859, the United States and Britain Almost Went to War Over a Pig. The farmers of San Juan Island called in the troops to determine sovereignty once and for all.

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The Contentious Physics of Wiffle Ball. An engineer explains his experiments to find out why it curves.

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A Fortune Lost at Sea: Ship Sinks with California Gold Rush Treasure. Hundreds died, and the loss of gold caused several banks to fail.

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How Don Hewitt Invented 60 Minutes and Changed Journalism Forever. The show is beginning its 50th year on the air.

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This Ghost Town was Aiming Nuclear Missiles at America from Just 125 Miles Away. Gudym, on the eastern edge of Russia, is now just a shell of its former self.

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How Scientists are Revolutionizing Beer. Small batches of craft beer enable brewers to experiment and innovate.

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Welcome to One of the World's Last Matriarchal Societies. Kihnu, an island off the coast of Estonia, is struggling to preserve its culture.

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Why Denmark is the World's Happiest Country
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5 Reasons Why Danes Are Happier Than the Rest of Us. The surprise is not the reasons themselves, but the fact that they are common among the population.

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Who Would Win in a Competition Between a Science Museum and a Natural History Museum? A game of one-upmanship was played out on Twitter, and readers were the winners.

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What Happens When War Is Outlawed. Fifteen nations did just that in 1928, but it didn't last long.

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My Three Years in Identity Theft Hell. Proving who you are when someone else is, too, becomes a full-time job with no perks.

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Elon Musk Releases an Explosive Mega-Collection of His Greatest Rocket Failures. Still, risking failure is the only path to technological breakthrough.

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Put Away Your Pumpkins, It's Still Summer. Autumn creep is a sign we're becoming divorced from the natural progression of the growing season.

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Early Time Travel? Why Britain Lost 11 Days in 1752.

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