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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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Sneaky Ways Restaurants Are Hacking Your Brain. Check out 25 subtle tricks that make you spend more.

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Here’s How You Can Help Fight Family Separation at the Border. A list of resources and organizations that need your skills, time, or money.

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5 Things You Didn’t Know About the Summer Solstice. While the days will only get shorter from here, temperatures will still go up.

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The Forgotten Chefs Who Made Chili Con Carne a Tex-Mex Standard. Women running their own businesses gave us an entirely new cuisine.

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You Would Never Expect Killer Whales to Appear Here. Arctic Ocean prey that once fed polar bears is fair game for orcas.

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Brooklyn's Defunct Domino Sugar Plant Opens as Domino Park. Pictures show how an old factory can become a community park and still retain its history.

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First Impressions. Tom Comitta took the first sentence from 268 New Yorker short stories, sorted them, and combined them into one surprisingly cohesive tale.

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The Original Locations of 15 Famous Chain Stores. There might be one near you!

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How Volcanoes Work. The U.S. has 169 "potentially active" volcanoes, but they're not all alike.

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The Internet is Learning an Important Lesson About Service Dogs. We know you're not supposed to pet them without permission, but what if one approaches you?

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That Time the U.S. Postal Service Tried Delivering Mail By Missile. It saved neither time nor money, but that wasn't the point.

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Why You Should Slack Off to Get Some Work Done. The world's most productive scientists and engineers worked only 10 to 20 hours a week.

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Postcards From the Honeymoon Capital Of The World. For many couples, the Poconos was where the Baby Boom began.

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The Dark Side of ‘Service With a Smile.’ Putting on a happy face when you're not feeling it can lead to mental and physical problems.

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A Horror Story About a Shower Curtain. Or it could be a comedy; either way, it needs to be filmed.

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What's the Difference Between a Broadway and an Off-Broadway Show? It's more than just the street address of the theater.

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