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Weekend Links: Umbrellas Over Portugal

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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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Einstein is Proved Right (Again)
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Deep in the Heart of Our Galaxy, Einstein is Proved Right Again. His theory of general relativity holds true even at the black hole near the center of our galaxy.

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"Total Eclipse of the Heart" Was Almost a Meat Loaf Song. It was written for him, but then detoured to Bonnie Tyler.

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The Atomic Bomb That Was Too Big To Use. The largest nuclear bomb ever made, Tsar Bomba, was actually a scaled-down version of the original design.

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6 Weirdly Specific Ideas Movies Have About Normal Bathrooms. You'll be surprised by the many times the same weird thing happens in a bathroom across different fictional worlds.

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What It’s Like to Apartment Hunt With a Boyfriend Who Has No Credit Score. He's a responsible guy, but couldn't prove it on paper.

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The 33 Most Romantic Moments In TV History. Get your hankies out.

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27 Hilariously Nasty Sounding Mushroom Species Names. They would be hurt by them if they had feelings.

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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe
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The Mind-Bending Science of Awe. Encountering something that overwhelms your previous experience can be terrifying or enlightening.

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Dominoes and Fire. See a chain reaction of dominoes—powered by candles, hot air, and burning sparklers.

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Alan Hale Jr. "The Skipper." Meet the man behind the Gilligan's Island character.

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The 9 Most Nightmarish Movies About Nuclear Attacks. None of them are as scary as growing up during the Cold War arms race.

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5 Tips from NASA for Photographing the Total Solar Eclipse on August 21. The secret is preparing ahead of time.

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The Bloody San Antonio Origins of Chili Con Carne. One of the possible origin stories goes back as far as an uprising in 1813.

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The United States of Movies. The most iconic film set in each state, plotted on a colorful map.

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7 Spacecraft NASA Has Landed on Mars. Some future civilization may discover it and call it a robot planet.

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