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The Quick 10: The Chrysler Building

Apparently it’s Buildings of New York Appreciation Week here in MF. Joining the New York Public Library in having a birthday this week is the Chrysler Building, which will be celebrating its 81st year dominating the Manhattan skyline. It may not be the tallest building in town these days, but it’s still one of the [...]

Obi-Wan Kenobi Is Dead, Vader Says

The Galactic Empire Times, which looks suspiciously like the New York Times, has a breaking story. CORUSCANT — Obi-Wan Kenobi, the mastermind of some of the most devastating attacks on the Galactic Empire and the most hunted man in the galaxy, was killed in a firefight with Imperial forces near Alderaan, Darth Vader announced on Sunday. In [...]

The Economics of Death Star Planet Destruction

At the blog Overthinking It, a delightful roundtable has assembled to overthink the economics of the Death Star, as seen in Star Wars. In case you don’t recall, the Death Star was a weapon designed to destroy an entire planet — which brings up some potential issues if that planet is a productive part of [...]

Saudi Arabia Plans to Build Mile-High Building

Saudi Arabia’s proposed Kingdom Tower will rise to 5,280 feet. That’s a full mile. If completed, this building in Jeddah will cost $30 billion to build and will contain apartments, hotel rooms, and offices in its 12 million cubic feet of space. The above graphic compares the structure to the Petronis Tower (center) in Malaysia [...]

Dramatic Movies Depicted as Star Wars Movies

Graphic Designer Matthew Ranzetta created posters for movies The Princess Bride, Empire Records, Rebel Without a Cause, Cool Hand Luke, and Empire of the Sun. They reflect scenes and typography from the Star Wars movies. Link via io9

Processions of the Holy Roman Empire

Bibliodyssey has some gorgeous printings derived around the year 1700 from woodcuts of the 16th century, called “Festival Books” that depict the pomp and pageantry of the Holy Roman Empire’s royal celebrations. Some of these are concept pieces, created before the actual event, and so envision an idealized version of court festivals. The Emperor Maximilian I [...]

How to Make a Luke Skywalker Tauntaun Costume

Scott Holden finally realized the dream of being Luke Skywalker and the Tauntaun he rides in The Empire Strikes Back. When the time came to unveil the costume for a competition, Scott was injured and had to let a friend wear it! But then he posted the entire process of making this awesome costume at [...]

3,000 Year Old Tablet Decoded to Reveal an Ancient Deportation Program

Archaeologist Timothy Matney and colleagues excavated an ancient tablet from the Assyrian Empire and managed to decipher it to reveal … a deportation program from 3,000 years ago! So far, the team has deciphered lists of names of 144 women on the tablets who were likely employed by the palace as agricultural workers or laborers at [...]