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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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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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