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F. Scott Fitzgerald’s Fatherly Advice

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In F. Scott Fitzgerald’s 1933 letter to his daughter, Scottie, at camp, the acclaimed author professes to be glad that his daughter is happy; suggests that she request the camp librarian look up a particular Shakespeare sonnet for her; advises that she not worry about dolls, boys, parents, mosquitoes, or the future; and threatens to rechristen her “Egg Fitzgerald” if she dares to call him “Pappy” again.

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Upbeat music, combined with positive thoughts, can put you in a better mood for the day, claims a recent study. Now if only someone could inform the makers of elevator music, the world might be a cheerier place.

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Marvel has released the first trailer for Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., their small-screen prequel/sequel/follow-up of sorts to the blockbuster Avengers movie and associated characters’ films. The show will prominently feature the escapades of Agent Phil Coulson, whose suit-and-tie brand of saving the world promises to be a refreshing change of pace from the movies’ flash-bang fight scenes and explosions.

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A previous edition of the Weekend Links featured the world’s largest rubber duck. Since then, the 54-foot-tall conceptual artwork has unfortunately deflated, leaving only a sad yellow blob floating in Hong Kong’s Victoria Harbor.

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New Jersey has had its own watery struggles this past week: seven months after Hurricane Sandy collapsed the Seaside Heights boardwalk, crews have finally begun to dismantle the submerged Jet Star roller coaster, putting an end to these vaguely apocalyptic images.

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When one crafty seven-year-old wrote a letter to Joe Biden suggesting that guns should only shoot chocolate bullets so that “nobody would get hurt and nobody would get sad,” the Vice President wrote back.

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Dan Brown’s latest installment in the Robert Langdon novels, Inferno, has just come out to scathing, hilarious reviews.

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The Real Gold Rush Wealth
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The Man Who Got Rich Off the Gold Rush ... Without the Gold. The folks who really prospered were those who provided goods and services to the prospectors.

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Five Elements and Substances That Turned Out Not to Exist. Science progresses with two steps forward and one step back.

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An American Werewolf in London Is Still the Best Horror Reimagining. A look back at the 1981 thriller.

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NASA's Ambitious Plan To Save Earth From A Supervolcano. And we might produce usable energy as a bonus.

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The Devil’s in the Details of These Dark Miniature Scenes. Artist Frank Kunert makes beautiful dioramas, but they each have something weird going on.

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Why Lottery Winners Make Dangerous Neighbors. It's not because they attract burglars.

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Your City's 'Ghost Signs' Have Stories to Tell. Craig Winslow has a unique method of preserving old painted walls without affecting the building itself.

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Iconic Plague Images Are Often Not What They Seem. What a real plague victim looked like was worse, but not as easily conveyed in a painting.

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The Last Solar Eclipse
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The Last Solar Eclipse. There will come a time when the moon is too far away to produce a solar eclipse.

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Nebraska's Fearless Maid. How Minnie Freeman saved her students during the blizzard of 1888.

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Confessions of a Costume Curator. Historic garments carry the ghosts of the people who once wore them.

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This Infant's Size Confirms a Concern Doctors Have Had for Years: Large babies as well as small babies can be an indication of problems ahead.

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18 Science Fiction Spacesuits, Ranked. They may look cool, but how safe and usable would they be in real life?

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The Haunting Magic of Ghost Buildings. They aren't there anymore, but they've left evidence of their existence on the shared walls of the adjacent buildings.

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Technology Could Make Us Immortal. (But there will be consequences.)

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6 Unexpected Consequences of a Solar Eclipse. Be ready for them.

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