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Weekend Links: Journalism, in so Many Words

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On April 1, The New York Times announced a new spinoff website called Times Haiku, featuring “serendipitous poetry” pulled from real articles published in the paper. There were suspicions the algorithm used to translate journalism into poetry was a joke, but certain lines apparently just lend themselves to Japanese-style verse: “To many, the Mets/ appear destined for a fifth/ straight losing season” and “For reasons he is/ not sure of, he also adds/ scallions at the end” are some good ones.

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Sounds Just Like is a website that provides side-by-side comparisons of clips from songs that, well, sound just like each other. The comments section is rife with disagreement, naturally, but have a listen to a few and decide for yourself: for a start, ABBA’s “Waterloo” sounds just like The Foundations’ “Build Me Up Buttercup.”

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If you’re traveling anytime soon, sites like TripAdvisor can be a great resource to scope out potential hotels, restaurants, and sights to see, with ratings from users who’ve been there before. If you’ve ever traveled in the past, you’ll be able to appreciate the compilation of terrible travel reviews compiled on TripAdvisaargh. If you’re interested, I know this place that has a “Recomendsble Hamburger very nice treatment and proper cleaning area very old but well chvjvghhnchxgvvnfjfvb.”

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This list of 10 Hidden Places Around the World will restore the travel fever that the previous link may previously have snuffed out in you. Understandably, a lot of these lesser-known places are literally underground.

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Even celebrities have to take their shoes off at airport security.

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The articles on Discovery.com feature some surprisingly urgent-sounding questions; here’s hoping they at least try to provide some answers.

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Speaking of urgent-sounding questions: if you’re the kind of person who carefully considers your survival rate from moment to moment based on such arbitrary factors as where you’re sitting on a plane, your odds are better in the back.

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There’s a new trailer out for Baz Luhrmann’s screen adaptation of The Great Gatsby. It features lavish parties, tense facial expressions, period dress, and Leonardo DiCaprio trying very, very hard.

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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?
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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

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The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

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From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

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How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

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A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

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Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

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The Frenetic Enchantment of New York City. French photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont captures the city's charm in 50 years of photos.

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Hellish Nell, The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain. And that was only 73 years ago!

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