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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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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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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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