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Analyzing the New Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer

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What You Missed in the Latest Star Wars: The Last Jedi Trailer. An analysis of clues and possible clues.

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Hilarious Kinetic Eye Sculptures by Lucas Zanotto. Simple black dots on white orbs speak to us, even when they don't make sense.

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