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Lego Masterpieces

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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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Vampires, Ghosts, and Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants
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Vampires, Ghosts, and the Dark Shadows Beauty Pageants of the Early 1970s. The Miss American Vampire Contest was a hit, but Miss Ghost America was not.

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As Users Opt for the Discounted iPhone 7, iPhone 8 Sales Underwhelm. It turns out that price and features matter more than owning the latest version, which may bode poorly for the iPhone X.

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Naps Have Amazing Health Benefits. Just a little shut-eye can make you more productive the rest of the day.

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The Incredible Story of Dawn Doe, the Real Skeleton in Dawn of the Dead. The movie crew didn't know they were using a real human skeleton until years later.

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There are No Spiders in This Pie. In case you were thinking there were, which you were not.

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It's Time to Bring Back Memento Mori.  Reminders of our own mortality could spur us to make the most out of the time we have.

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12 Creepy DIY Halloween Projects to Scare Your Guests. Any of them will add life to your Halloween party!

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The Phantoms of Paris
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The Phantoms of Paris. Dark ghost stories from the City of Light.

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How Hippies Put on the Worst Music Festival in History. The Erie Canal Soda Pop Festival outdid Woodstock in bad planning and poor execution.

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A Very Special 1970s Nightmare, Starring Vincent Price, H.R. Pufnstuf, and the Brady Bunch. Variety shows were a simple way for TV networks to recycle familiar faces.

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Just About Everything We Know About the Pard. For hundreds of years, the leopard was thought to be a cross between a lion and a pard.

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Lt. Cliff Judkins Fell 15,000 Feet and Lived. His fighter jet caught fire, his ejection seat didn't work, and his parachute didn't open.

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The Great Thaw of the American North is Coming. The loss of permafrost will have profound effects.

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The Creepiest Urban Legend in Every State. How does your state's tale stack up against the others?

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Ada Lovelace: The First Computer Programmer. In the 1840s, she crunched the numbers that were the software for a theoretical machine.

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