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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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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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Prescribing Booze During Prohibition
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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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