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Weekend Links: Hobbit Houses

Simon Dale
Simon Dale

Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit brought Bag End and Bilbo’s hobbit-hole to life in lush 3-D color, but these real-life houses that look like they belong in the Shire are actual livable abodes. Some of them are even for rent or sale to any Lord of the Rings­-lover looking for a hobbit-hole of their own.

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Which Shakespeare Character Are You? I’m one of the ones who die! That should narrow it down for you.

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The first-ever Star Wars movie will be dubbed in Navajo, adding to the over fifty languages A New Hope has been translated into since its 1977 premiere.

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This window into Adolf Hitler’s artistic soul isn’t chilling or evil so much as just…average. Art historian Michael Liversidge calls Hitler’s portfolio as an aspiring art student “pretty marginal and mediocre.”

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No one really needs a recipe for grilled cheese, but these creative adaptations are more than just cheese and bread. Bacon mac ‘n cheese sandwich, anyone?

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And for dessert, the latest abomination in fast food: the Pop-Tart ice cream sandwich. Probably best to consult a doctor before consuming.

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After learning about the number of animals with unfathomable superpowers, it’s a surprise that humans are the dominant species.

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Winners of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards include shots of the 2012 Summer Olympics, New Year’s Eve in Romania, North Korean soldiers and civilians, Argentinian birthday girls, and South American prisons.

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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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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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