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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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The Oral History of Breaking Bad. The people behind the groundbreaking show tell its story to celebrate the tenth anniversary of its premiere.

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Why We Didn’t See the Knights of Ren in The Last Jedi. Director Rian Johnson explains that there's nothing nefarious about their absence.

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The Little-Known History of Seafaring Pets. Sailors have been accompanied on voyages by dogs, cats, pigs, chickens, rabbits, and other animals—and not all of them were for dinner.

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A Neopets Romance. This married couple met online when they were 10 and 12 years old.

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How Americans of the 1960s Really Felt About Nuclear Fallout Shelters. Michigan State University surveyed 3514 adults about their feelings regarding preparedness for a nuclear war.

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Why Paris’s Greatest Art Nouveau Metro Stop Is No More. The Bastille station was the greatest of 141 metro stations designed by Hector Guimard at the turn of the 20th century.

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Your Coworkers are Not Your Friends. A bit of formality is appropriate among people who did not choose who they spend all day with.

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Is Sitting Too Close to the TV Really Bad for You? No, but there's a reason behind why people still think so.

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10 Misconceptions About U.S. Immigration. Every wave of newcomers has encountered resistance from those already here.

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21 Facts You Might Not Know About Rodney Dangerfield. He got no respect, but we'll never forget him.

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Watch a Man Build a Log Cabin by Himself in Four Minutes. It actually took months, but this is a fascinating yet relaxing time-lapse version.

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How Montana Gold Rushers Literally Threw Away a Fortune in Sapphires. Yogo Gulch still produces some of the finest sapphires in the world.

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New Details Emerge About Solo: A Star Wars Story. Including an official synopsis.

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The Starbucks Logo Has A Secret You’ve Never Noticed. She was too perfect to be real before a small design change.

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8 Major Milestones in Facial Transplant Surgeries. What was recently thought impossible has been accomplished quite a few times.

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