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Weekend Links: A Photobooth Mystery

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Talk about self(ie)-obsessed: One man patronized a photobooth 445 times over 30 years, and we have the pictures to prove it.

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One very skilled seamstress has made sure her daughter’s dress-up box blows every other child’s out of the water, constructing over a dozen replica Disney costumes (princesses, villains, and Mary Poppins alike) in miniature for a child who will inevitably be sad to outgrow them.

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Even in the midst of war, a group of Syrian artists have used remnants of their broken capital city to construct a multimedia work of art in Damascus that set a new Guinness World Record for largest mural.

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Disgruntled How I Met Your Mother fans will welcome the unofficial video that “fixes” the series’ widely unsatisfactory ending, allowing them to pretend that it never happened.

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Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen are acclaimed thespians, best friends, and shameless New York City tourists.

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It’s been a prolific 40 years since Stephen King published his first novel. 64 books later, how do all of his works stack up against each other?

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Identical twins may be look-alikes at birth, but not so much fifty years later.

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Yes, it's possible to open a bottle of wine with a shoe, but it's not easy. Maybe just buy a corkscrew.

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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws?
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How Will Martian Laws Differ From Earth's Laws? Enforcement of existing laws from Earth will be impossible for a small population millions of miles away.

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The Creepy Cabinet That Inspired Jekyll and Hyde. Robert Louis Stevenson's childhood bedroom had a cabinet made by a carpenter who led a double life.

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14 Unmade Hammer Horror Films. Some ideas were too bizarre even for the erstwhile British gothic film studio.

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A Brief History of Bat-Marriage. Batman has been spotted carrying Kathy Kane, Vicki Vale, Julie Madison, Selina Kyle, Lois Lane, and Wonder Woman across the threshold—most of them twice.

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John Banvard is the most successful American artist you've never heard of. His chosen medium was an obscure 19th-century show business gimmick, and he managed to completely squander his fortune.

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Why Everyone Knows the Same Scary Slumber-Party Stories. People who know them don't recall where they first heard them.

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9 Naked Cakes for When You Don't Feel Like Frosting. You'll feel good about avoiding too much sugar, too.

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8 Antique Maps That Were the First of Their Kind. Each one gave us a new way to look at our world.

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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession?
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Where is the Line Between Fandom and Obsession? Will Pearson and Mangesh Hattikudur discuss what it takes to be a superfan.

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The Roller Skating Scene from Charlie Chaplin’s Modern Times. A lesson in special effects from 1936.

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From Prejudice to Pride. As the indigenous Ainu begin to assert their place among the people of Japan, an archaeological dig reveals more about their past.

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How U.S. Colleges Went from Pitiful to Powerful. The flexibility born of the system's ragged beginnings helped make the American higher education business what it is today.

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A Brief History of the Danse Macabre, from a Paris cemetery to David S. Pumpkins. It's a reminder that no one escapes death.

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Life Along the Russian Border. Border security reflects each nation's history with Russia.

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The Frenetic Enchantment of New York City. French photojournalist Jean-Pierre Laffont captures the city's charm in 50 years of photos.

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Hellish Nell, The Last Person Imprisoned for Witchcraft in Britain. And that was only 73 years ago!

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