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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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Scientists Are Pushing For a Ban on Killer Robots
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A Growing Movement of Scientists is Pushing for a Ban on Killer Robots. Separating human judgment from war is a recipe for disaster.

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17 Homes You’ve Seen On TV And What They Look Like Off-Screen. Not shown: the tourists who stop and take pictures.

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The Curious Case of the Law of the Tongue. When orcas help you hunt whales, it's only right to share the meat with them.

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The Hunt for Mexico’s Heirloom Beans. A return to rare and exotic bean varieties has made the humble legume cool.

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Why Restaurants Became So Loud—And How to Fight Back. An ambience designed for "buzz" and "energy" can damage your hearing.

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Should America Go Cash-Free? Digital money is convenient, but total reliance on banks comes with costs.

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10 Out-of-This-World Facts About Plan 9 From Outer Space. What made it a bad movie also made it a lot of fun.

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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel
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Superman at 80: The Real Values of the Man of Steel. Action Comics #1000 celebrates the anniversary by reminding us of what the superhero is all about.

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North Carolina’s Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park and Museum. Detour your next road trip to enjoy this whimsical attraction.

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The Rise and Fall of the Hormel Girls, Who Sold America on SPAM. The drum and bugle corps made the act of eating canned meat feel patriotic.

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O Moldy Night: A Celebration of Molded Food. Outstanding dishes at an event in North Carolina ranged from the sublime to the disgusting.

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What It's Like To Be Latino In the U.S. The hyphen makes life difficult on both sides.

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A Real-life Lord of the Flies: the Troubling Legacy of the Robbers Cave Experiment. Muzafer Sherif manipulated boys at summer camp to hate each other in the 1950s, but they only learned the truth as elderly men.

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Ten Superstitions of Writers and Artists. They must have worked, since all these people became famous.

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On Pins and Needles: 11 Famous Knitters. The hobby never completely goes out of style.

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