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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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Dogs Deliberately Smile at Us
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Dogs Have Pet Facial Expressions to Use on Humans, Study Finds. They learn what we like, and use it to communicate with us.

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Harvesting Cork in Rural Spain. It takes 25 years from planting to the first harvest, then nine years until the next one.

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The Year of the Witch. Hartford, Connecticut, spent 1662 and 1663 in a frenzy to identify witches among the townspeople.

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Burger King Reveals the Uncomfortable Truth About Bullying in a Remarkable In-Store Stunt. The premise is goofy, but the last minute will get you right in the feels.

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What Does the Hamburger Helper’s Skeleton Look Like? Each possibility is more ridiculous than the last.

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A Catfishing With a Happy Ending. The man she met online was an impostor, but then she met the guy he had stolen a profile picture from.

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5 Weird Pieces of Vintage Parenting Advice. Aren't you glad we have all the answers now?

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The Haunted Hospital. Waverly Hills Sanatorium has been a TB hospital, a nursing home, a failed religious monument, and now a paranormal investigation site.

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When Movie Trailers Mislead
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7 Times Misleading Movie Trailers Didn't Align with the Film. The trailer's only purpose is to get you into the theater, where you may be surprised.

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Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See. The effect is produced mechanically instead of chemically.

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Searching for the Identity of San Francisco’s Mysterious Mummified Girl. DNA analysis and a painstaking records search have given her a name and a history.

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Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame. The making of the 1939 film was an extreme experience for its star.

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Learn to Make Alien Facehugger Pudding Cups for Your Halloween Party. They have edible Alien eggs and facehuggers, they fizz, they glow in the dark, and they're delicious!

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From Folk to Acid Rock, How Marty Balin Launched the San Francisco Music Scene. More than just the founder of Jefferson Airplane, he encouraged the opening of clubs and auditoriums, promoted festivals, and welcomed bands from all over.

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The Wikipedia Markov Masher is a generator that will mix two Wikipedia articles together into a paragraph that almost, but not quite, makes sense in an artificial intelligence way. See some really funny examples here.

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11 Scientific Reasons Why Being in Nature is Relaxing. That's a lot of reasons to go outside today.

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