Weekend Links: Hobbit Houses

Peter Jackson’s adaptation of The Hobbit brought Bag End and Bilbo’s hobbit-hole to life in lush 3-D color, but these real-life houses that look like they belong in the Shire are actual livable abodes. Some of them are even for rent or sale to any Lord of the Rings­-lover looking for a hobbit-hole of their own.

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Which Shakespeare Character Are You? I’m one of the ones who die! That should narrow it down for you.

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The first-ever Star Wars movie will be dubbed in Navajo, adding to the over fifty languages A New Hope has been translated into since its 1977 premiere.

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This window into Adolf Hitler’s artistic soul isn’t chilling or evil so much as just…average. Art historian Michael Liversidge calls Hitler’s portfolio as an aspiring art student “pretty marginal and mediocre.”

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No one really needs a recipe for grilled cheese, but these creative adaptations are more than just cheese and bread. Bacon mac ‘n cheese sandwich, anyone?

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And for dessert, the latest abomination in fast food: the Pop-Tart ice cream sandwich. Probably best to consult a doctor before consuming.

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After learning about the number of animals with unfathomable superpowers, it’s a surprise that humans are the dominant species.

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Winners of the 2013 Sony World Photography Awards include shots of the 2012 Summer Olympics, New Year’s Eve in Romania, North Korean soldiers and civilians, Argentinian birthday girls, and South American prisons.

Celebrate the Holidays With the 2020 Harry Potter Funko Pop Advent Calendar

Funko
Funko

Though the main book series and movie franchise are long over, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter remains in the spotlight as one of the most popular properties in pop-culture. The folks at Funko definitely know this, and every year the company releases a new Advent calendar based on the popular series so fans can count down to the holidays with their favorite characters.

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Right now, you can pre-order the 2020 edition of Funko's popular Harry Potter Advent calendar, and if you do it through Amazon, you'll even get it on sale for 33 percent off, bringing the price down from $60 to just $40.

Funko Pop!/Amazon

Over the course of the holiday season, the Advent calendar allows you to count down the days until Christmas, starting on December 1, by opening one of the tiny, numbered doors on the appropriate day. Each door is filled with a surprise Pocket Pop! figurine—but outside of the trio of Harry, Hermione, and Ron, the company isn't revealing who you'll be getting just yet.

Calendars will start shipping on October 15, but if you want a head start, go to Amazon to pre-order yours at a discount.

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The World’s Tiniest Rubik’s Cube Will Set You Back $1700

The world's smallest Rubik's Cube is fully functional.
The world's smallest Rubik's Cube is fully functional.
Mega House

Introduced in 1980, the Rubik’s Cube has become the gold standard in puzzles. The cube is made up of multiple colors, with the objective being to make a solid color on all six sides. For some, it takes weeks to solve. For others, it can take seconds. But a new version created for the iconic toy's 40th anniversary promises to have you rethinking the challenge entirely. That’s because it’s only .39 inches tall.

Japanese toy company Mega House has introduced an officially-licensed Rubik’s Cube that was made in collaboration with metal precision processing company Iriso Seimitsu Co. Ltd. using precision metallurgy to craft a diversion sized for a Keebler elf. Each colored piece is only .10 inches. And instead of having a white side, Mega House left the metal unpainted. There’s even an engraved Rubik’s logo.

While it’s totally functional, you’ll need to have some nimble fingers to manipulate it.

Mega House is selling it for 180,000 yen, or about $1700, and will begin shipping it at the end of December. The cube will also be on display as part of a 40th anniversary exhibition at the Hungarian Cultural Center in Tokyo through November 9. While it’s only available in Japan at the moment, Mega House hopes to bring it to other countries in the future.

[h/t Nerdist]