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Good morning readers! Welcome to the first edition of (*drumrolllllll* please!) Things To Talk About This Week, a collection of far-out discoveries to kick start your week. Feel free to have a scroll through at your leisure with a steaming cup of Monday morning coffee. Enjoy!

1. Geek chic gets an incredible, colourful, luxurious, and off-beat makeover.

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According to Gucci, it’s all about luxury geek chic for spring/summer 2016, and adding as much glitter as is sensible.

Found on Vogue and Glamour
 

2. A little-known fact about Man Ray’s famous 1930’s photograph, Glass Tears.

The model Man Ray used in his famous photograph isn’t a real woman but a fashion mannequin with glass bead tears on the cheeks. Who knew!?

Found on I Like Old Things.
 

3. “I decorated my parents’ house for Halloween…”

LA-based photographer, Christine McConnell, usually enjoys baking terrifying cakes while dressed as a 1950s housewife, but for Halloween, ditched the dress and decided to apply her fascination with creepy aesthetics in a different way, decorating her parents’ house, turning it into a giant sleepless house-monster with fangs. 

Found on Bored Panda.
 

4. Judy Sullivan, NASA’s lead biomedical system engineer for the Apollo 11 mission.

Judy Sullivan was a maths and science teacher who joined NASA in 1966 as the first woman engineer in Spacecraft Operations, working closely with the astronauts. She was lead engineer for the biomedical system for the Apollo 11 mission and the first woman engineer hired by NASA to support spacecraft testing. As preparations were underway for Apollo 11 in mid-1969, the 26-year-old Sullivan was one of only 100 women, including 16 engineers, serving in top positions at the Florida spaceport.

Found on NASA.

5. Beautifully hand-painted surf and skate boards.

Found on Bored Panda.
 

6. James Dean, just hours before he died, September 1955.

According to his TIME obituary, James Dean was the ‘most promising young cinemactor of 1955’, a career tragically cut short when he crashed his car on the way to a road race he was entering. “Among the haunting images of that day is this photograph above. One of the last known pictures of the star alive, it was taken at a gas station in the Sherman Oaks area of Los Angeles, as Dean fuelled up en route to the race he never made.” 

Found in the LIFE archives.
 

7. An incredible Brooklyn townhouse with a secret writers’ retreat.

I could use a new office, and would be more than content to use the shed that comes with this amazing recently completely gutted three-storey high townhouse in Cobble Hill, Brooklyn. 

Found on Trendland.
 

8. The original Pulp Fiction cast list.

This is one of my all-time favourite movies and I can’t imagine anyone else starring in it. But apparently, Tarantino had different people lined up for lead roles. He wanted Michael Madsen to play Vincent (with Travolota as strong second), John Cusack to play Lance, Matt Dillon to play Butch, and Laurence Fishbone to play Jules. Another possibility for Jules was Eddie Murphy. Bruce Willis and Uma Thurman weren’t even listed. Gary Oldman, Nicholas Cage, Johnny Depp and Alec Baldwin were considered for several roles but didn’t appear. 

Found on Open Culture
 

9. LEGO you can eat!

I bet you didn’t see this coming? Just when you’d hit the reminiscing-about-LEGO stage of life, designer and illustrator Akihito Mizuuchi has gone and made it out of chocolate, giving adults a reason to enjoy it all over again! 

Found on This Is Colossal
 

10. New take on the Bloody Mary…

I know, those fingers. WAY too realistic. Can you believe they’re actually red carrots? Find out more, here.

Found on Bored Panda.
 

11. This cabin on the slopes of Mont Blanc in Italy.

If you’ve a head for heights and like a good old climb, this is for you – but only you – because only those who climb the Val Ferret will be able to experience a stay in this . Sleeps 12. 

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Found on The Telegraph.
 

12. Exercise. With absolutely no effort whatsoever.

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