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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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Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0
Peter Burka, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

The Duckmaster Rules the Roost at the Peabody Hotel. The ducks have been the stars of the show for 85 years.

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Remembering One of the Most Violent Days in the History of the U.S. Senate. A passionate but insulting speech brought out a congressman's wrath—and his cane.

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Investigating One of the Oldest Private Detective Agencies in Paris. The Duluc Détective is still in business after 105 years.

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Why Does Harrison Ford Love Indy And Hate Han? He's been willing to play older versions of both characters anyway, plus Rick Deckard.

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Pterodactyls Probably Didn’t Fly Like We Think They Did. A new study theorizes they resembled birds more than bats in flight.

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Rollin' on the River: Pittsburgh Shanty Boat Life. Thousands who couldn't afford land or rent lived in homemade barge houses.

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How Succulents Took Over Instagram—and Then the World. They make a perfect garden for the Millennial lifestyle.

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Resilience Isn't Innate. Here's How We Can Cultivate It.

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An ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding
BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images
BEN STANSALL, AFP/Getty Images

This ‘Outtake’ Video of the Royal Wedding is So Dumb—But So Very Enjoyable. As if it were like everyone else's wedding.

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A Lonely Avocado Searches for His Other Half in The Pits. This sweet short film, written by David Bizzaro, has been selected for more than 30 film festivals so far.

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We’ll First Find Aliens on Eyeball Planets. These are exoplanets that are tidally locked to their star, and carry a thin habitable zone in a ring shape.

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Vulture Ranks Every Star Wars Movie. Ten mini-reviews to justify the rankings include Solo without giving away too much.

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Han Solo was Almost in Revenge of the Sith. His part would have been too silly to believe.

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Deep in the Honduran Rain Forest, an Ecological SWAT Team Explores a Lost World. The diverse biology is a bigger treasure than the lost city that lured explorers there in the first place.

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Roxy, the Long Island Railroad Dog. He knew every train and its schedule, and how to get where he wanted to go.

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The Great Fertility Reversion. America's plummeting birth rate might not be as dire as it seems.

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