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Weekend Links: Building the Gatsby Estate

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Baz Luhrmann’s upcoming film adaptation of The Great Gatsby features lavish period sets—42 in total. Gatsby’s mansion alone, with its grand ballroom, library, master bedroom, entrance hall, terrace, and extensive gardens, took the production team 14 weeks to build.

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Yes, videos of goats yelling like humans are hilarious. So is this one man’s impression of how animals—lizards, whales, kangaroos, and one very memorable flamingo—eat.

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First lines of great novels can go down in history, but what comes immediately after often isn’t nearly as memorable. For a real test of your literary knowledge, try guessing these famous novels by their second lines.

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Mad Men is back with its latest season, so in honor of its long-awaited return, here are 25 things you (probably) didn’t know about Don Draper and company.

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These 20 actors talking about their favorite actors remind us that everyone is inspired by someone else.

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Your favorite authors on their favorite musicians: García Márquez was a fan of the Beatles, as is J. K. Rowling; Stephen King prefers country and Bob Dylan.

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The Cook Your Cupboard project encourages confounded chefs to upload pictures of those last few items in their pantry that they can’t cook with, but can’t bring themselves to get rid of. Other users then suggest potential uses for their poppyseeds, coconut milk, almond paste, apple cider vinegar, chicken livers, kidney beans, cookie butter, Funyuns, etc.

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Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher died this week, leaving behind a legacy of some very, very angry songs.

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Always Wear a Helmet
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Powerful photos to remind you to always wear a helmet.

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In 1838, Missouri witnessed the “Missouri Mormon War.” It was the first of three armed conflicts before the Mormons found their home.

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Hippies, Guns, and LSD: The San Francisco Rock Band That Was Too Wild For the Sixties. The Charlatans were ahead of their time, but flamed out fast.

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Six "Common" Medical Conditions That Don't Actually Exist. Some of them were only named in order to sell you a cure.

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Remembering Hair-Raising Landings at Hong Kong’s Kai Tak Airport. Landing on runway 13/31 was so terrifying, the procedure was called the Kai Tak Heart Attack.

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The Scariest Rides At The Fair, Ranked By An Anxious Man. Mark Shrayber is terrified of carnival rides, yet he can't help but try them.

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The 100 Greatest American Cooks of All Time. Many of the cooks on the list have a full article about them linked, which could keep you busy for some time.

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12 charming coastal towns to visit this summer. Get away from the crowds of tourists for a relaxing getaway.

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11 Fashion Trends of World War I. With the men away fighting, women went for comfort as well as style.

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Mutiny on the Prisoner Ship
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In the 18th century, Britain shipped around 50,000 prison inmates to the American colonies to do hard labor. James Dalton was sent multiple times for theft, and once succeeded in leading a mutiny aboard the prison ship.

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10 Surprising Ways to Lose Your Mind. Mental disorders can be triggered by a wide variety of conditions.

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How a Group of ’70s Radicals Tried (and Failed) to Invade Disneyland. Four hundred police were waiting for the paltry few hundred Yippies that showed up.

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Rocket Launches Look Even Cooler From Space. A satellite recorded images of a Soyuz launch on July 14.

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How Synthetic Fabrics Inspired a Cultural Revolution. Few people remember how much time laundry and ironing used to take.

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Can you solve the counterfeit coin riddle? You probably could if you had plenty of time.

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Ancient ruins keep being 'discovered.' Were they ever lost?

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A Tree That Flowers With 40 Different Fruits. It's not legendary, but a triumph of science and patience.

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