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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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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish
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Incredible Teamwork From Little Clownfish. An entire family works together to build a new nest for the next generation.

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10 People Who Survived the Impossible. When their lives were at stake, they rose to the occasion.

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An Illustrated Look at the Terlingua Chili Cook-Off. In Texas, where chili cook-offs are practically everyday events, this one is the biggie, and it comes with a ton of history.

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Meet the Actor Behind the New Star Wars Character. Kelly Marie Tran spent years going to auditions, then in 2015, her life changed forever.

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The Hidden Science and Tech of the Byzantine Empire. The successor to the Roman Empire was responsible for breakthroughs in math, engineering, astronomy, and other sciences.

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Why the Movies Are So Obsessed With Capes. It's how a costume can add to the drama.

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The Origin Story of the Peace Sign. It was a call for nuclear disarmament almost 60 years ago.

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10 Ancient Textiles That Will Blow Your Mind. If only we could get our jeans and socks to last so long.

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The Lucrative Business of Prescribing Booze During Prohibition. Medicinal liquor was a legal loophole that everyone wanted to use.

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Russell Johnson: More Than "The Professor." The Gilligan's Island star was once a staple of Western movies and TV.

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How Nick Offerman Is Using Woodworking to Help Americans in Need. Would Works is a nonprofit organization that pays homeless people for helping in a woodworking shop.

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Mangilaluk’s Highway. The story of an Inuit boy who ran away from residential school illustrates the problems of an entire region.

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How I Trained My Cats. Chef Jun Yoshizuki explains how his cats can behave so well while he cooks for his YouTube videos.

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The Underrated Charm of Ice Fishing. Looking at vintage photographs of the pastime is quite charming, as long as we can stay warm inside while we do it.

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12 Terrible Pieces of Advice for Pregnant Women. When in doubt, ask your doctor.

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