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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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Peanuts Aren't Nuts
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Why aren't peanuts classified as nuts? Turns out, they're closer to green beans than you think. Peanuts are biologically legumes.

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What This Company Is Offering Employees Is Raising a Privacy Debate. Would you let your company implant a chip in your hand?

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Your Roomba is Spying on You. The devices have been gathering information about your home, and that data could be more valuable to Roomba maker iRobot Corp than the sales of its vacuum cleaner.

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The Legend of The Fatal Sisters: Voodoo practitioner Marie Laveau put a curse on plantation owner De Coucy, swearing his bloodline would die out, but he ignored it.

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Are Helicopter Parents Ruining Summer Camp? Kids don't mind giving up their cell phones for the week, but it really bothers parents.

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He Thought Butternut Squash was Cheese: Funny observation of the daily struggles of customer service employees and the fact that the customer is not always right.

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Why you should vacation somewhere new, unexpected, and totally out of your comfort zone.

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15 Monumental Facts About the Lincoln Memorial. One tidbit: The project took a long and winding road from idea to finished structure.

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Morning Cup of Links: San Diego Comic Con News
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The Biggest San Diego Comic-Con 2017 Stories. The latest updates from every pop culture universe.

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Freedom Ride: a glimpse into the experiences of one group of the Freedom Riders of 1961.

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"Dude, where's my car?" Parents take to Craigslist for help after ‘doofy’ son loses car at Metallica show.

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Scientific Journals Publish Bogus Paper About Midi-chlorians from Star Wars, a reminder that not all journals use peer review or even proofreaders.

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Puzzlewood, Tolkien’s Inspiration for Middle-earth. The peaceful, green, 14-acre section of Gloucestershire is truly inspirational.

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How to Turn Your Used Electronics Into Cash. Read the comments, too, for the experiences of people who have used these methods.

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The Accent Whisperers of Hollywood. An influx of global acting talent must be taught to passably sound like Americans.

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Are You Bold Enough to Play Motorcycle Soccer? It's one of several sports mash-ups involving motorbikes.

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