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So This Is What Inspires Someone To Build A Life-Size LEGO T-Rex

For most of us, LEGO sets are little more than a child’s toy. But for Nathan Sawaya, they’re an interlocking plastic canvas, an artistic medium of immeasurable potential and capable of transforming into any shape imaginable. Art of the Brick: A Life in LEGO showcases some of Sawaya’s most ambitious…

How To Build A Moat To Keep Out The Mongol Horde (And Your Neighbours)

Goddamn Mongolians keep knocking down your city walls? The fix is easy: build a moat. Just follow the instructions from William Gurstelle’s new DIY home security manual, Defending Your Castle and you’ll have your very own perimeter defence/neighbourhood water hazard filling up in no time.

‘I Had The Best Cell On Death Row’: Life In The Shadow Of Execution

‘I Had The Best Cell On Death Row’: Life In The Shadow Of Execution

In 1994, Damien Echols and two of his friends, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, were wrongfully convicted in what prosecutors called a satanic ritual murder of three 8-year-old boys. Echols, the leader of the group, was sentenced to death; Baldwin and Misskelley received life sentences. The trio became known as…