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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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The Magic of Making Marbles
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The Magic of Making Marbles. An expert glassblower shows us how it's done.

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The Marriage of Marilyn Monroe and Joe DiMaggio. It burned brightly and then flamed out quickly.

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The 12 Best So-Bad-They're-Good Episodes of Star Trek. They come from four different series in the adventures of Starfleet.

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The Bizarre Case of New Zealand’s Exploding Pants. This illustrates the danger of new products that aren't thoroughly tested.

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Leather: Grown in a Lab, Without Cows. It's collagen produced by engineered yeast that is essentially the same as tanned animal skin.

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Watch a Rare Video of a Two-Faced Kitten. And learn what might cause a Janus cat to be born that way.

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5 Great Alarm Clocks for Reluctant Wakers. A novel idea could really get your attention first thing in the morning.

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Autumnal Equinox Traditions. How folks say goodbye to summer and hello to fall—at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

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The Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time
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The Story Behind the Greatest Internet Recipe Comment of All Time. It was about a brownie recipe, but it escalated quickly.

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Why Is America Losing Ground in the Contest to Grow the World’s Biggest Pumpkin? The largest of the season have been grown in Europe two out of the last three years.

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Sorry, Not Sorry: When Apologizing Makes Things Worse. Adding an apology to a rejection doesn't make you appear any better.

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Driving in Germany is Much Better than Driving in America. And, considering the size of Germany, there's a lot less of it.

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This Cosplayer Transforms Himself into Real Life Versions of Disney Heroes. Jonathan Stryker is a master at becoming a cartoon.

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How the Star Trek Punch Became the Worst Fight Move on TV. A Star Trek stunt coordinator explains why they continue to use the double-handed punch.

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23 College Secrets Your Professors Will Never Tell You. Unless you ask, which is one thing you should do.

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This Guide Will Help You Choose Your Apples Wisely. There's one for every taste and purpose.

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