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10 Places You Can See Oscars in Person

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If you’re not attending the Oscars this weekend, but have always wanted to get up close and personal with one of the little golden guys, we’ve got some ideas for you. In fact, you can even hold an Academy Award at one of these stops—a good time to practice next year’s acceptance speech, perhaps?

1. Unknown Oscar // Disney’s Hollywood Studios, Orlando

If you make it to Disney World by Sunday, you can strike a pose with a real Oscar in front of the same backdrop that lines the Academy Awards red carpet. Bring a fancy outfit, and you might even fool someone into thinking you were really there. (With some creative cropping, anyway.)

2. Bob Hope’s honorary Oscar // Ellis Island 

Ellis Island may seem like a curious place for an Oscar statuette to pop up, but there’s a good reason for it—Hope himself immigrated from England when he was just four years old. Though Hope never won a competitive Oscar, one of his five honorary awards is on display at the Bob Hope Memorial Library at the Ellis Island Immigration Museum. 

3. Emil Jannings’ Best Actor Oscar // Filmmuseum, Berlin

At the first-ever Academy Awards in 1929, Emil Jannings was the winner of the Best Actor award. The honor might be more celebrated today if Jannings hadn’t returned to his native Germany to shoot Nazi propaganda films during WWII. Nevertheless, you can see the historic Oscar at the Filmmuseum in Berlin, Germany.

4. Katharine Hepburn’s Best Actress Oscars // National Portrait Gallery, D.C.

You can see all four of Katharine Hepburn’s Academy Awards by visiting the “Twentieth-Century Americans” exhibit at the National Portrait Gallery in Washington, D.C. Hepburn’s estate donated the Oscars to the gallery in 2009, along with a portrait of the actress.

5. John Ford’s Best Documentary Oscar // The International Spy Museum, D.C. 

Ford won the Best Documentary Oscar for The Battle of Midway in 1942. Two years later, he was at Omaha Beach on D-Day, running the photography unit.

6. Charles Guggenheim’s Documentary Short Subject Oscar // National Archives, D.C.

While you’re in D.C. to see the Katharine Hepburn and John Ford Oscars, stop by the National Archives to visit Charles Guggenheim’s. He won in 1964 for his short documentary Nine From Little Rock, about the first nine African-American students to attend an all-white high school in Arkansas.

7. Walt Disney’s Oscars // Walt Disney Family Museum, San Francisco

That would be all 26 individual awards Disney received, plus the special statuettes awarded for Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs—a regular-sized Oscar and seven tiny ones.

8. Shelley Winters’ Best Supporting Actress Oscar // Anne Frank Museum, Amsterdam

Sixteen years after Shelley Winters won her Academy Award for playing Petronella van Daan in The Diary of Anne Frank, she donated the statuette to the Amsterdam museum.

9. Frank Sinatra’s Best Supporting Actor Oscar // The Sinatra Restaurant, Las Vegas

For an Ol' Blue Eyes trifecta, visit the Sinatra restaurant at the Encore hotel in Vegas. They’ve got the Oscar for From Here to Eternity, his Grammy for “Strangers in the Night,” and his Emmy for the “Frank Sinatra: A Man and His Music” television special.

10. Josie MacAvin’s Best Art Director Oscar // The Irish Film Institute, Dublin

The Academy Award MacAvin won for Out of Africa is on display next to her Emmy for Scarlett.

AND ONE YOU WOULD HAVE BEEN ABLE TO SEE—IF IT HADN'T BEEN STOLEN.

You would have been able to view the honorary Oscar Charlie Chaplin was awarded in 1929, but it was stolen from the Chaplin Association in Paris just last month. If it’s ever recovered, you may eventually be able to see it at the future Chaplin Museum in Switzerland—though it will likely be under very heavy security.

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Why Tiny 'Hedgehog Highways' Are Popping Up Around London
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Hedgehogs as pets have gained popularity in recent years, but in many parts of the world, they're still wild animals. That includes London, where close to a million of the creatures roam streets, parks, and gardens, seeking out wood and vegetation to take refuge in. Now, Atlas Obscura reports that animal activists are transforming the city into a more hospitable environment for hedgehogs.

Barnes Hedgehogs, a group founded by Michel Birkenwald in the London neighborhood of Barnes four years ago, is responsible for drilling tiny "hedgehog highways" through walls around London. The passages are just wide enough for the animals to climb through, making it easier for them to travel from one green space to the next.

London's wild hedgehog population has seen a sharp decline in recent decades. Though it's hard to pin down accurate numbers for the elusive animals, surveys have shown that the British population has dwindled by tens of millions since the 1950s. This is due to factors like human development and habitat destruction by farmers who aren't fond of the unattractive shrubs, hedges, and dead wood that hedgehogs use as their homes.

When such environments are left to grow, they can still be hard for hedgehogs to access. Carving hedgehog highways through the stone partitions and wooden fences bordering parks and gardens is one way Barnes Hedgehogs is making life in the big city a little easier for its most prickly residents.

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Where Should You Place the Apostrophe in President's Day?
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Happy Presidents’ Day! Or is it President’s Day? Or Presidents Day? What you call the national holiday depends on where you are, who you’re honoring, and how you think we’re celebrating.

Saying "President’s Day" infers that the day belongs to a singular president, such as George Washington or Abraham Lincoln, whose birthdays are the basis for the holiday. On the other hand, referring to it as "Presidents’ Day" means that the day belongs to all of the presidents—that it’s their day collectively. Finally, calling the day "Presidents Day"—plural with no apostrophe—would indicate that we’re honoring all POTUSes past and present (yes, even Andrew Johnson), but that no one president actually owns the day.

You would think that in the nearly 140 years since "Washington’s Birthday" was declared a holiday in 1879, someone would have officially declared a way to spell the day. But in fact, even the White House itself hasn’t chosen a single variation for its style guide. They spelled it “President’s Day” here and “Presidents’ Day” here.


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Maybe that indecision comes from the fact that Presidents Day isn’t even a federal holiday. The federal holiday is technically still called “Washington’s Birthday,” and states can choose to call it whatever they want. Some states, like Iowa, don’t officially acknowledge the day at all. And the location of the punctuation mark is a moot point when individual states choose to call it something else entirely, like “George Washington’s Birthday and Daisy Gatson Bates Day” in Arkansas, or “Birthdays of George Washington/Thomas Jefferson” in Alabama. (Alabama loves to split birthday celebrations, by the way; the third Monday in January celebrates both Martin Luther King, Jr., and Robert E. Lee.)

You can look to official grammar sources to declare the right way, but even they don’t agree. The AP Stylebook prefers “Presidents Day,” while Chicago Style uses “Presidents’ Day.”

The bottom line: There’s no rhyme or reason to any of it. Go with what feels right. And even then, if you’re in one of those states that has chosen to spell it “President’s Day”—Washington, for example—and you use one of the grammar book stylings instead, you’re still technically wrong.

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