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Weekend Links: Building the Gatsby Estate

Architectural Digest
Architectural Digest

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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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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