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The Largest Private Sherlock Holmes Collection

Sherlock Holmes

“I like artifacts,” says Glen Miranker. “I get an emotional and visceral and intellectual connection with a subject I’m interested in through them.” For the 60-year-old former chief technology officer for Apple that abiding subject is Sherlock Holmes, the legendary detective created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle in 1887. The evidence? An extraordinary collection of books, manuscripts, illustrations and ephemera (known as “Sherlockiana”) that he began building in the 1970s, which now includes approximately 4,500 items and fills three rooms in his San Francisco home.

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The Creepy Internet Movement You’d Better Take Seriously

Dark Enlightenment

They may believe in the Dark Side of the Force, but these Sith Lords aren’t joking around.

Blossoming on the Internet like a fetid rose, a mysterious new political movement has generated a serious and not un-terrifying critique of modern society. Its members are loud and growing in number and they demand nothing less than the elimination of the democratic system. Mostly white, male and angry, they lie in wait for the imminent collapse of civilization.

Ladies and Gentlemen, welcome to the Dark Enlightenment. The Empire is striking back.

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A Brief Guide To Woody Allen’s Favorite Things

Woody Allen

Like every good neurotic, obsessive, or perfectionist (and sometimes all of the above), director Woody Allen is a lover of lists. Over the span of his career, the iconic filmmaker has shared his likes, dislikes, and absolute favorites of just about everything that highlight his eclectic tastes. In honor of his birthday, we’ve collected some of those lists — and they deserve a bookmark in your browser for eternal reference.

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Japan’s Plan To Supply All The World’s Energy With A Power Plant On The Moon

Brazil Supermoon

Shimizu, a Japanese architectural and engineering firm, has a solution for the climate crisis: Simply build a band of solar panels 400 kilometers (249 miles) wide running all the way around the Moon’s 11,000-kilometer (6,835 mile) equator and beam the carbon-free energy back to Earth in the form of microwaves, which are converted into electricity at ground stations.

That means mining construction materials on the Moon and setting up factories to make the solar panels. “Robots will perform various tasks on the lunar surface, including ground leveling and excavation of hard bottom strata,” according to Shimizu, which is known for a series of far-fetched “dream projects” including pyramid cities and a space hotel.

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The Story Of How Two Of America’s Greatest Anthems Were Made

Irving Berlin Woody Guthrie

In the early winter of 1940, 27-year-old Woody Guthrie made his way from Pampas, Texas, to New York City, ready to break into an arts scene that would be attuned to his left-wing politics. During the long journey, he must have heard Kate Smith’s recording of Irving Berlin’s “God Bless America,” which had been out for just over a year, over and over again; the song irritated him, like a grain of sand working a pearl inside an oyster shell. One February night, in a midtown Manhattan hotel, he began drafting a response. The first lines are instantly familiar—“This land is your land, this land is my land”—but his original final line was much different: “God blessed America for me.”

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GMUNK’s Psychadelic Op-Art-Inspired Geometric Prints

GMUNK

Graphic designer Bradley G Munkowitz, known to his ardent fan base as GMUNK, isn’t shy about his love for psychedelia. Infinite Tunnels, Diamond Voids, Op Art and endless iterations of bioluminescent GEO – this series is an initial attempt to recreate some of his Ayahuasca trips in a tangible language.

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Man Decorates House With 502165 Holiday Lights, Shatters World Record

Xmas Lights

More than 29 miles of wire. More than 500,000 lights. More than 70,000 visitors. Move over, Clark Griswold: You have nothing on David Richards, the Australian lawyer who has just broken the Guinness World Record for the most number of Christmas lights used to decorate a single home. (And also, presumably, the record for the world’s most extreme energy-usage spike, and for the most hours spent wearing sunglasses at night, and for the most enraged neighbors.)

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Teen Discovers He Can Play 13 Musical Instruments After Head Injury

US Teen

A tone deaf US teenager recovered from a concussion to find he could play thirteen musical instruments. Lachlan Connors from Denver, Colorado, was hopeless at music in his youth, but suffered a number of concussions playing sport. The teenager told BBC Radio 5 live’s Up All Night that after the accident he would “just kind of pick up” instruments and play them – including the guitar, mandolin, ukulele, and the bagpipes.

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This Is What Happens When You Give Artists Free Rein To Mess With Barbie

Barbie

Guns-blazing Barbie and Flamingo-head Barbie are just two of the send-ups of the iconic doll that you’ll see at this year’s “Altered Barbie” exhibition–where artists boldly go where Mattel wouldn’t dare.

No matter how many politically correct Barbies are released by parent company Mattel, the classic American doll will always remain a symbol of sanitized femininity and unattainable perfection. (When people try to emulate Barbie’s look in real life, the results are always horrifying.) All of this is what makes the Altered Barbie show, an annual exhibition in San Francisco that invites artists to slice, dice, and alter Barbie however they see fit, so satisfying.

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The Couple That Drinks Together, Stays Together

Young happy amorous couple celebrating with red wine at restaura

A nine-year study conducted by the University of Buffalo Research Institute of Addictions has concluded that married couples with equal drinking habits – even if heavy – have had more successful marriages than couples who consume dissimilar amounts of alcohol.

Researchers followed 634 couples and classified them into four distinct groups: one where neither was a heavy drinker, one where the husband was a heavy drinker, one where the wife was a heavy drinker, and one where both drank like sailors. Their findings showed that 45 to 55 percent of marriages where either the husband or the wife drank more ended in divorce by the ninth year. But when both drank equally, the divorce rate dropped to 35 percent.

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