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Weekend Links: Umbrellas Over Portugal

Patricia Almeida
Patricia Almeida

A Portuguese art festival called AgitAgueda, for the second year in a row, has transformed city streets into a stunning outdoor art installation of its own with a rainbow of colored umbrellas hanging overhead.

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Maybe there should be a new Oscar category for “most iconic movie car.”

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Malala Yousafzai, the 16-year-old Pakistani girl who was attacked by the Taliban on her way to school, delivered an impassioned address to the United Nations calling for equality in educational opportunities. It was also her birthday on Friday.

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Confused about the order of British royal succession? This should help.

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What’s real, and what’s Lego? Trying to figure that out is the challenge (and the fun) in an artistic collaboration between a portrait photographer and a Lego sculptor that combines the childhood toys with an Edward Hopper aesthetic.

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For more use of Lego as an artistic medium, here are two scenes from Stanley Kubrick’s Dr. Strangelove recreated entirely with the plastic blocks.

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What cheese goes best with your favorite author? Cabot cheddar pairs well with Hemingway.

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The Pizza Belt Theory maps out the region of the United States where the odds of obtaining “an adequate-to-good slice of pizza from a randomly chosen pizzeria is greater than 50 percent." Everywhere else, the author  claims, is pizza wilderness.

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How Glow-in-the-Dark Jellyfish Inspired a Scientific Revolution. The story of the discovery of green fluorescent protein.

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Ranking America’s Top 10 Chain Restaurants. When you're on the road for the holidays, you'll know what to expect for dinner.

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How Hoarding Works. It's not just a habit or a hobby, but a serious mental illness.

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Meet the Most Toxic Plant in North America. Whatever you do, do not eat the spotted water hemlock.

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Why Millennials are Facing the Scariest Financial Future of Any Generation Since the Great Depression. Being born in the wrong year has consequences that last a lifetime.

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How Titanic’s Iconic Necklace Almost Sank an Entire Company. The J. Peterman Company was the only officially licensed producer of the Heart of the Ocean.

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Star Wars and the Unfortunate Ubiquity of the Final Climactic Explosion. It's happened several times already; let's see something different.

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13 Weird and Wonderful Gingerbread Houses. You can make anything from imagination and royal icing.

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5 Fun Ways to Call or Track Santa This Holiday Season. Your children will never forget the experience.

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Dr. No: The First James Bond Movie. Peruse some trivia behind the film that started it all in 1962.

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We Should Teach Basic Lifesaving Skills to Everyone. Even kids can develop the skills to be a hero when they are needed.

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The Rise and Fall and Rise of South Africa’s Ostrich King. Lithuanian entrepreneur Max Rose raised his own birds to decorate European ladies' hats.

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In 1932, Rabbi Dr. Akiva Posner and His Wife Rachel of Kiel, Germany, Placed Their Hanukkah Menorah in a Window Facing the Nazi Party Headquarters Across the Street. The family still uses that menorah.

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The Doomsday Diet. Cold War bunkers were stocked for survival, not gourmet dining.

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38 Wonderful Words With No English Equivalent. If we could pronounce them, we would adopt them.

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