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Roald Dahl was factually inaccurate

Students at Leicester University have answered the age old question of “Was Roald Dahl being scientifically accurate when he described 501 seagulls lifting a giant peach in his classic children’s story James and the Giant Peach.” The students estimated the size of the peach, described by Dahl as being tall and wide like a small […]

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20 Tolkien Tattoos

Flavorwire found 20 Tolkien-themed tattoos, and they are totally worth scrolling through. Many of them are beautifully done, still more of them are surprisingly elaborate, and one of them – the eye of Sauron on the back of that chap’s neck – is terrifying. Imagine waking up with that looking at you? I would never […]

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The Federal Case of Hemingway’s Key West Cats

In 2010, I was lucky enough to visit Key West, Florida. A wonderful escape from Canadian winter. While there, I spent an enjoyable couple of hours touring the grounds and house of Ernest Hemingway’s Key West Home, where Hemingway lived from 1931 until 1939 with his second wife (of four!), Pauline. We were certainly enchanted […]

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Book-themed Fragrance: Paper Passion is “Perfume for Booklovers”

“The smell of a freshly printed book is the best smell in the world.” Karl Lagerfeld To a real booklover, the smell of books is a glorious and varied thing. New ones smell of ink and laminate and cardboard and sometimes a little like the store you bought them at, if it’s one of those […]

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Cookin’ With Coolio and 25 Other Unlikely Celebrity Cookbooks

I recently took a trip to Atlanta, and was lucky enough to stumble across word of Gladys Knight’s Chicken and Waffles restaurant. We went, we ate (fried chicken! waffles! macaroni and cheese! collard greens! etc.) and it was glorious. One of my true disappointments in life thus far is that we were too full to […]

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Ineradicable Stain: A Story Told Through Tattooed Words

Begun in 2003, this must be old news to many, but it’s new to me. A writer named Shelley Jackson (I suspect she’s a quirky individual: the bio on her web site claims she was “extracted from the bum leg of a water buffalo in 1963 in the Philippines”) launched a project called Skin in […]

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Mee-a-ow! Or, Good Advice to Cats and Kittens

The cover of this vintage children’s book caught my eye. You can see why: It’s an 1860 children’s book called Mee-a-ow! Or, Good Advice to Cats and Kittens by Robert Michael (R.M.) Ballantyne. Ballantyne was a 19th-century Scotsman who lived in Canada and worked for the early Hudson’s Bay Company. He was an incredibly prolific […]

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50 Shades of Grey Cupcakes

The publishing sensation that just won’t quit… still hasn’t. E.L. James’ naughty, erotic Fifty Shades Trilogy still shows little signs of slowing. Rumors abound about who’s playing Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the movie version. Police sketch composite technology is used to generate a picture of Christian Grey. Otherwise respectable women in their thirties […]

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Quick Phone Booth Change – Into a Tiny Library

Move over, Superman – you’re not the only one who can perform a quick change in a telephone booth. According to the New York Times, an architectural designer from the Upper West Side is the real hero of this story. John H. Locke has devised a system by which he can quickly enter an empty […]

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Jane Austen Like You’ve Never Seen Her

Think you know everything about Jane Austen? Don’t be so sure. Our colleague Julie has compiled a list of 10 fascinating tidbits about Ms. Austen, and presents them in a most compelling – and creatively costumed- way in her video. Don’t miss out.

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