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Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast

Lego Masterpieces

Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast
Kevin Fallon / The Daily Beast

Nathan Sawaya is a former corporate lawyer who left the firm to pursue his dream of making art full-time. He’s now a sculptor specializing in reconstructions of famous works of art, using a fairly unconventional medium: Lego bricks.

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21st-century cowboy life isn’t all leather boots, rodeos, and sunshine.

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If Olympic prizes are named for the metals the medals are made of, it might be time for a new category: bronze, silver, gold…and meteorite.

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Whether big-screen feature film or even just Lifetime Original Movie, these ten Olympians’ life stories would make fascinating biopics.

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Not content with simple florals, 1920s textile makers wove subtle and not-so-subtle propaganda images into Soviet fabric. The collectivization-themed print would make a lovely summer dress.

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Ice Music isn’t just a cool band name: it’s an apt descriptor for the Swedish musical group who perform with instruments (or, as they insist on calling them, ICEstruments) made almost entirely of the frozen stuff. They even perform in an icy concert hall, wearing matching – and hopefully very heavy – white parkas.

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Finally, after all those (admittedly incredible) photos of Mars’s red dust, the Curiosity Rover has posted its first picture of Earth—that “Pale Blue Dot”—from its vantage point in space.

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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups
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The Secret Underground Life of Newborn Meerkat Pups. Nature photographers fitted a meerkat with a camera to get a look inside.

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America’s Secret Ice Base Won’t Stay Frozen Forever. When the glacier hiding it is gone, environmental hazards will be exposed.

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All 11 Versions of the U.S.S. Enterprise, Ranked. With each described in excruciating detail.

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How Tennessee Became the Final Battleground in the Fight for Suffrage. The process was much dirtier than we ever learned in school.

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A Remix in Tribute to Han Solo. He had a lot of great lines over four films, so Eclectic Method gave them rhythm and rhyme.

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Ishmael Beah tells what it was like to go from child soldier in Sierra Leone to high school student in New York. His classmates couldn't figure out why he was so good at paintball.

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A Brief History of Credit Cards. They aren't as old as you might have thought.

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10 Allegedly Cursed Objects. Just keep telling yourself that all the bad things that happened around them could be coincidence.

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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber
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How Four Undergrads Got the Scoop on the Unabomber. When news outlets couldn't get to Montana in time, J-school volunteers went into action.

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Kottabos, the Ancient Greek Drinking Game. The skill involved was flinging wine from one's own cup at a target.

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An Acid Trip with Groucho Marx. Yeah, he did LSD. At age 77.

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How Creedence Clearwater Revival Became the Soundtrack to Every Vietnam War Movie. It's not only because those songs take you to that specific era.

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Owen KC Stephens tells a wonderful story about the time an elderly British couple wanted to learn how to play a Star Wars role-playing game. They didn't know what a role-playing game was, but they knew what they were doing.

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These Freaky Fish Can Turn Their Eyes Into Flashlights. The triplefin is tiny, but controls its own super power.

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Unauthorized Dwelling at Yale. Student Allan Kornfeld couldn't afford the dorm charges, so he lived in a campus ventilation shaft for his senior year.

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The Resistance Group That Battled Hitler With Words. The students who worked under the name White Rose paid dearly for their efforts.

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