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Weekend Links: The Smelliest Movie Screening

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Ladies and gentlemen, we have Smell-O-Vision! Or rather, Japan does: a theater in Nagoya will be screening Iron Man 3 as a “fourth dimension” experience, complete with odor effects. Finally, a chance to answer the age-old question: What brand of deodorant do superheroes use?

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Tylenol: great treatment for headaches, back pain, menstrual cramps, and – according to a new study – existential angst. There’s never been a better time to read Sartre.

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Every celebrity started out as a nobody. The proof: these now-famous actors who did whatever the opposite of “selling out” is in ten embarrassing early commercials as they struggled to make their way to the top.

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Weekends are for sleeping in, but that shouldn’t mean you have to miss out on a good sunrise. This photo of a particularly radiant California morning isn’t quite as good as the real thing, but it’s not a bad way to start your day, either.

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Ladies, take note: if you’re NOT sleeping in on weekends, maybe you should be. According to the CDC, women are statistically more likely to report feeling very tired or exhausted than their male counterparts, especially in the 18-44 age group. If that’s you, take a nap, stat!

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When the words of a great American novelist meet screenshots of America’s most dysfunctional family, these absurd mashups of The Great Gatsby and Arrested Development happen. Do they trivialize Fitzgerald, or do they elevate the Bluths to a higher philosophical plane? Your call.

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From the classic LOL to the more contemporary indifference of “meh,” the Internet has changed the English language, for better or worse.

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These photos of tributes paid to Boston victims from across the country and around the world are both a sobering testament to Monday’s losses, and a comforting reminder of how interconnected the world is.

 

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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups
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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups. Nature photographers fitted a meerkat with a camera to get a look inside.

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America’s Secret Ice Base Won’t Stay Frozen Forever. When the glacier hiding it is gone, environmental hazards will be exposed.

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All 11 Versions of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ranked. With each described in excruciating detail.

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How Tennessee Became the Final Battleground in the Fight for Suffrage. The process was much dirtier than we ever learned in school.

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A Remix in Tribute to Han Solo. He had a lot of great lines over four films, so Eclectic Method gave them rhythm and rhyme.

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Ishmael Beah tells what it was like to go from child soldier in Sierra Leone to high school student in New York. His classmates couldn't figure out why he was so good at paintball.

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A Brief History of Credit Cards. They aren't as old as you might have thought.

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10 Allegedly Cursed Objects. Just keep telling yourself that all the bad things that happened around them could be coincidence.

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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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