Weekend Links: Nelson Mandela’s Prison Packing List

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After finally being released from Victor Verster prison in 1990, Nobel Peace Prize winner Nelson Mandela had his confiscated property returned to him. Among the items were two big umbrellas, one “large” birthday card, and a surfboard.

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The 18 states that have outlawed the death penalty have since repurposed the space used for their respective final executions as a museum exhibit, a private residence, a break room, and even a department store.

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Rather than getting caught up in the impossibility of actually traveling back in time to her own childhood, photographer Chino Otsuka simply faked the photographs.

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Artists Pierre Javelle and Akiko Ida have populated a tiny world with lemon lamps, marshmallow seas, and a Moon made of cocoa, and it’s a beautiful sight to behold.

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As a child, Andre the Giant was too big to fit on the school bus, so he got a ride from a surprising famous neighbor instead.

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Hershey's is issuing a throwdown challenge to Nutella.

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Disney movies have some ‘splainin’ to do.

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How does one construct the perfect compliment? Leslie Knope, as always, has the answers.

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