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McCartney’s Million Dollar View

The former Beatle and his wife, who were married in October 2011, paid the full asking price for the apartment, which entered the market for the first time in February. A big selling point, undoubtedly, was the panoramic view across the Central Park reservoir, visible on each level from more than 800 square feet of wraparound balconies reached through glass sliders.


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Minnesota Orchestra made history in Cuba.

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HAVANA — The Teatro Nacional, a 2,056-seat theater on the Plaza de la Revolución, was sold out. Two dozen photographers and videographers swarmed the aisles. The Minnesota Orchestra’s concert here Friday night was greeted not only as a rare chance to hear an orchestra from overseas, but as a symbol of the rapprochement between the United States and Cuba.

(Courtesy of, Michael Cooper in the New York Times)

Why was the inventor of the piano forgotten?


The piano is one of those inventions that’s hard to think of as an invention because it’s just always been … there. When you do think about someone actually inventing it, it’s hard not to wonder: why haven’t I heard of this person before? And why isn’t his name plastered on every piano in existence?


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A child runs past a grand piano that has been left by the East River underneath the Brooklyn Bridge in New York


Chew gum, lose the earworm



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We’ve all been victims of the earworm a catchy piece of music gets stuck in our heads and no matter what we do, we can’t seem to dislodge it. Earworms are incredibly common; 90% of us suffer from earworms at least once a week. And while they’re not actually harmful, they can be really distracting.


Courtesy of Jessica Hullinger from Mental Floss dot com