The Winchester Mystery House Was Recreated With More Than 7500 LEGO Bricks

Courtesy of Winchester Mystery House
Courtesy of Winchester Mystery House

The Winchester Mystery House regularly makes it onto lists of the most allegedly haunted places on Earth. If you're too scared to see the building in person, soon you'll be able to visit its pint-sized LEGO replica, NBC Los Angeles reports.

This LEGO block model of the Winchester Mystery House, built for the new LEGOLAND Discovery Center Bay Area, took over 200 hours to assemble. It consists of more than 7500 plastic bricks, with 400 different LEGO elements capturing details of the home's whimsical facade.

Sarah Winchester began constructing her namesake mansion in San Jose, California, in 1886 and didn't stop until her death in 1922. According to legend, a psychic medium warned Sarah that she would be haunted by the victims of the Winchester rifle (she was the widow of the Winchester Repeating Arms Company's founder's son) unless she built a home to appease the spirits. This fear to stop building may explain some of the sprawling estate's more peculiar design elements, like stairs that lead nowhere and a door that opens to a two-story drop.

Every LEGOLAND Discovery Center features a LEGO model of a local landmark, and when voting on which Bay Area structure to honor in the new center, 2000 people chose the Winchester Mystery House. The LEGO Winchester House will be on display at the LEGOLAND Discovery Center in Milpitas, California, when it opens later this year. Until then, you can check out the replica, complete with a Sarah Winchester minifigure, in the pictures below.

LEGO model of Winchester Mystery House.
Courtesy of Winchester Mystery House

LEGO model of Winchester Mystery House.
Courtesy of Winchester Mystery House

LEGO model of Winchester Mystery House.
Courtesy of Winchester Mystery House

[h/t NBC Los Angeles]

Wayfair’s Fourth of July Clearance Sale Takes Up to 60 Percent Off Grills and Outdoor Furniture

Wayfair/Weber
Wayfair/Weber

This Fourth of July, Wayfair is making sure you can turn your backyard into an oasis while keeping your bank account intact with a clearance sale that features savings of up to 60 percent on essentials like chairs, hammocks, games, and grills. Take a look at some of the highlights below.

Outdoor Furniture

Brisbane bench from Wayfair
Brisbane/Wayfair

- Jericho 9-Foot Market Umbrella $92 (Save 15 percent)
- Woodstock Patio Chairs (Set of Two) $310 (Save 54 percent)
- Brisbane Wooden Storage Bench $243 (Save 62 percent)
- Kordell Nine-Piece Rattan Sectional Seating Group with Cushions $1800 (Save 27 percent)
- Nelsonville 12-Piece Multiple Chairs Seating Group $1860 (Save 56 percent)
- Collingswood Three-Piece Seating Group with Cushions $410 (Save 33 percent)

Grills and Accessories

Dyna-Glo electric smoker.
Dyna-Glo/Wayfair

- Spirit® II E-310 Gas Grill $479 (Save 17 percent)
- Portable Three-Burner Propane Gas Grill $104 (Save 20 percent)
- Digital Bluetooth Electric Smoker $224 (Save 25 percent)
- Cuisinart Grilling Tool Set $38 (Save 5 percent)

Outdoor games

American flag cornhole game.
GoSports

- American Flag Cornhole Board $57 (Save 19 percent)
- Giant Four in a Row Game $30 (Save 6 percent)
- Giant Jenga Game $119 (Save 30 percent)

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No Squawking, Please: A Backyard Bird Library Is the Star of This Livestream

Bird Library, YouTube
Bird Library, YouTube

Many people discovered backyard birding when they were quarantined in their homes at the start of the COVID-19 pandemic. Even if you have a vibrant wildlife population in your area, the Bird Library webcam is worth checking out. As Atlas Obscura reports, the bird feeder at the focus of the livestream resembles a tiny library where feathered guests can misbehave.

Librarian Rebecca Flowers and woodworker Kevin Cwalina were inspired to build the Bird Library in 2015. Located in a backyard in Charlottesville, Virginia, it features a miniature reading chair, bookshelves, and a reception desk. The decorations are even updated to match the seasons; the feeder currently sports a banner that says "Summer Reading." The main differences setting it apart from a real library are the bird seed scattered on the floor and the avian visitors.

The Bird Library attracts a diverse collection of patrons. Sparrows, cardinals, and mourning doves have been recorded perching on the librarian's desk and checking out the reading materials. The occasional squirrel has also been known to stop by.

Live video of the feeder streams on the Bird Library's YouTube page and website 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. You can play the video below to check in on the current guests. If the backyard Bird Library has inspired you to find birds closer to home, here's some gear for beginner naturalists.

[h/t Atlas Obscura]