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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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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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What If Earth Rotated in the Other Direction?
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Reversing Earth’s Spin Moves Deserts, Reshapes Ocean Currents. Everything would be different if our planet rotated in the other direction.

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NFL Player Wade Davis Talks Masculinity and Pro Sports. "We must create the conditions for all individuals to feel comfortable taking the risk to be themselves."

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This Old Soviet Airport Car Was Probably The Biggest Sedan In The World. It was equipped for two drivers, one to go forward and the other in reverse.

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The Race to Save the World's Disappearing Languages. In the last 60 years, 230 human languages went extinct.

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The Netflix documentary Mercury 13 tells of the women who passed NASA's astronaut screening in 1961. Only their gender kept them earthbound and out of history books.

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The Desert Architecture School Where Students Build Their Own Sleeping Quarters. The School of Architecture at Taliesin (SOAT) takes experimental living spaces seriously.

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I Gave Birth and I Didn't Even Get a Good Story Out of it. A normal birth is miraculous and transformative, but it's too common for anyone outside the family to listen to.

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10 Ridiculously Precise Units of Measurement. They make sense once you know the stories behind them.

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