The Symbiotic Relationship Between Ants And Carnivorous Pitcher Plants

Carnivorous plants are seen as the ultimate bug eating machines, but their entice, entrap and devour technique only works on some bugs, and those who are immune to their tricks feed on them instead.

But even weirder than the eaters of carnivorous plants are those industrious insects who develop a symbiotic relationship with the killer plant- like the Camponotus schmitzi ants that live on the Bornean pitcher plant:

An insect-eating pitcher plant teams up with ants to prevent mosquito larvae from stealing its nutrients, according to research published May 22 in the open access journal PLOS ONE by Mathias Scharmann and colleagues from the University of Cambridge and the University Brunei Darussalam.

The unusual relationship between insect-eating pitcher plants and ants that live exclusively on them has long puzzled scientists. The Camponotus schmitzi ants live only on one species of Bornean pitcher plants (Nepenthes bicalcarata), where they walk across slippery pitcher traps, swim and dive in the plant's digestive fluids and consume nectar and prey that fall into the trap. Though the benefits to the ants are obvious, it has been harder to tell what exactly the plants gain. However, plants that harbor the insects grow larger than those that do not, suggesting a mutualistic relationship exists between the two.

Here's a related video from AntsCanada showing what happened when he introduced pitcher plants to a terrarium teeming with yellow ants. He thought it would help thin the population, but the colony had other ideas...

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Animals Hugging

Here's a site you'll want to bookmark for those days when all the news is bad news and nothing seems to go right. Animals Hugging is exactly what it says, with a few animals kissing and cuddling thrown in. Sometimes the critters are the same species, while others show interspecies affection.

You'll see cows, bats, horses, rabbits, goats, kangaroos, squirrels, deer, chickens, and parrots showing affection, but more cats and dogs than anything. -via Metafilter

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Little Girl Mistakes Bride For Princess From The Book She's Holding

Some little girls become so obsessed with princesses they start dressing like them, acting like them and telling everyone who will listen that they want to be a princess when they grow up.

They may even mistake real life people for princesses from fairy tales, like this little girl did when she came across a bride named Shandace Robertson decked out in her wedding dress.

In the little girls mind the beautiful white dress she wore made Shandace look just like her favorite princess from The Woman In White by Wilkie Collins, a book she was carrying around when she met the bride.

This happy coincidence was captured by photographer Stephanie Cristalli, who was busy shooting post-wedding pics of the bride and groom on a sidewalk in Seattle when the little girl and her mom Kelsey Edwards approached the "princess".

Now that little girl can live happily ever after since she got to hang out with a princess in Seattle, and the bride has an extra heartwarming element to add to the tale of her wedding day.

And BTW- The Woman In White is not exactly what I would call a kid's book, but maybe the little girl is a really advanced reader?

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Vintage Film Shows What Homes Should Have Looked Like In The Year 1999 A.D.

Folks had funny ideas about what the home of the future would look like back in the 20th century, and for some reason they saw the Year 2000 as a far off futuristic age full of technological wonders.

As we all know the actual 21st century has not lived up to expectations, which is why it's so fun to take a look back at what those kooky post-war/post-modern minds thought we'd have in our homes today.

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This vision of the future comes to you courtesy of the Philco-Ford Corporation, who released this speculative short film entitled Year 1999 A.D. back in 1967 to show homeowners what their company had planned for the future.


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Make Your Baby a Hero With This Crocheted Thor Baby Set

You know that your little one is destined for greatness, but it might take a little convincing to get other people to believe it. But that's where Etsy seller CrochetHeroDesigns comes in -helping you put together the perfect outfit to deckout your little hero. For boys, there's this great Thor costume, but for those sweet little girls, you can always try the Wonder Woman design below.

You can check out the rest of their great designs here, but keep in mind they only sell the crochet designs, so you'll have to make them yourself if you want to actually put one on your baby.


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Facial Feedback (Smiles and Frowns)

The following is an article from The Annals of Improbable Research, now in all-pdf form. Get a subscription now for only $25 a year!

Research and Feedback About Facial Feedback Theory
compiled by Alice Shirrell Kaswell, Improbable Research staff

Some researchers are trying to see whether reality smiles on the idea that (a) smiling causes happiness, and (b) frowning induces unhappiness. Here are some prominent attempts.

2006: Pencil-Chomping and Race Bias in Several Persons
“The Influence of Facial Feedback on Race Bias,” Tiffany A. Ito, Krystal W. Chiao, Patricia G. Devine, Tyler S. Lorig, and John T. Cacioppo, Psychological Science, vol. 17, no. 3, 2006, pp. 256-261. The authors, variously at University of Colorado, University of Chicago, University of Wisconsin-Madison, and Washington and Lee University, report:

Participants were surreptitiously induced to smile through holding a pencil in their mouth while viewing photographs of unfamiliar Black or White males or performed no somatic configuration while viewing the photographs... [The study was conducted on] 33 (6 Asian American, 2 Hispanic American, 22 Caucasian American, 3 other) and 40 (3 Asian American, 4 Hispanic American, 29 Caucasian American, 4 other) undergraduates.

2008: Poisoning Your Face Might Increase the Happiness of the Human Race

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The Counterfeit Coin Riddle

In order to get out of the dungeon, you must perform a service for the king. He wants you to identify the one counterfeit among twelve coins, but you can only use his scale three times to do it. Lucky for you, you are the kingdom's top mathematician. I can slice a tomato into 18 pieces with five cuts, but this one's a real head scratcher.

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Jennifer Lu sure came up with a hard one in this riddle. I might have been able to figure it out, if I had infinite time and no stress, but the scenario as it is would not allow for that. The king has a temper, you know. -via Geeks Are Sexy

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Robot Suicide

A security robot from the firm Knightscope was patrolling the Georgetown Waterfront complex in Washington, DC. It apparently descended into the pit of depression and gave up its will to live, plunging itself into a fountain face first. The robot suicide was documented in a photo Tweeted by Bilal Farooqi. He said,

We were promised flying cars, instead we got suicidal robots.

The Georgetown robot may be the first to end its own life in the real world, but its demise reminds us of the many depressed robots in pop culture. There's Marvin, from The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, and the Pass the Butter Robot from Rick and Morty, and quite a few others named in an article at Buzzfeed.


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Levitating Bird

Watch the weird way this bird flies! The original video from Al Brooks is 21 seconds long, but all the action happens in the first two seconds. What's happening is that the frame rate of the security camera synched up with the bird's flapping rate. You've seen that effect in wagon wheels in movies and helicopter blades in videos. The effect makes the bird seem to just float around eerily. -via reddit


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I Role You - Adventures Of The Mind


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There's a reason roleplaying games are so addictive- they let us live out our fantasies and become someone we could never be, a hero who fights against impossible odds and wins. But not everyone is drawn to tabletop gaming, some prefer the restrictive experience of playing a video game and that's okay. We'll continue letting a roll of the dice dictate our character's fate and imagining the epic exploits of our heroes in our minds, letting our imaginations run free and doing things with our characters we could never do in a video game.

If you're a proud tabletop role playing game player then you're going to love this I Role You t-shirt by Nados, it's sure to be a critical hit among your gaming group!

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No Context WikiHow Illustrations Raise A Lot Of Questions

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WikiHow became "the world's most popular how-to website" by being a treasure trove full of useful illustrated tutorials, but it does have one major problem- the images make no sense without descriptive text.

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That's why the images are often turned into memes, using the expression on the character's face to tell a tale of heartbreak and/or heartburn we can all relate to.

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Looking through a collection of WikiHow illustrations without context quickly becomes a fun game of "WTF is this drawing trying to teach me?", with the occasional "WTF is this dog thinking?" for good measure.

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Clearly, He's a Winner

A group of two-year-olds are competing in the Dutch Championship walking bike race on July 8. Senn Swieters pulls out in front, giving it his all on his green walking bike, having the time of his life. Senn's headed straight for the finish line. The crowd cheers him on!

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Or maybe not. Don't celebrate until the finish line is crossed. Considering how much the average two-year-old cares about winning, he's probably avoiding the finish line because he doesn't want the event to be over. A good time was had by all.  -via Mashable

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Meet Baddiewinkle- The Rebel Instagrandma With Over 3 Million Followers

The next time an older person tells you they don't understand social media or the internet, claiming it's strictly for young people, you should show them Baddiewinkle's Instagram account and shut them up for good.

Baddiewinkle is the alternate identity of 88-year-old great grandmother Helen Ruth van Winkle, who has amassed over 3 million followers since posting to Instagram for the first time back in 2014.

Peace and Love

A post shared by badddiiie (@baddiewinkle) on Apr 9, 2014 at 10:03pm PDT

The creation of Baddiewinkle has made a very positive impact on Helen's life, and she even has a new book out called Baddiewinkle's Guide To Life, but internet fame hasn't changed the Instagrandma one bit:

Before she became famous, Baddiewinkle lead a pretty normal life in Waco, Ky. "I had a little 6-acre farm. I took care of it by myself for 15 years," she says. "I did everything that you're supposed to do: mowed, trimmed, had a little garden. I kept busy at all times."

Then one day her great-granddaughter saw her in a pair of cut-off shorts and a tie-dye shirt and said, "Let's make a picture, Grandma, you look awful cute today."

"So I said, 'OK!' " Baddiewinkle recalls. "But from there, you know, it went viral and I was so surprised."

What did people see in that photo? "I think they saw a great-grandmother that didn't care what anybody thought about her," Baddiewinkle says. " 'Here's a rebel. We like her.' "

Read more about Instagrandma Baddiewinkle Says She's 'Always Been A Rebel' at NPR


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Stained Glass Anime Character

John Farrier's recent DIY art project is a stained glass panel depicting an anime character. It's beautiful, but I'm not familiar with many characters, so I'd like an anime fan's take. Do you readily recognize the character? Is she well-known? The image source at DeviantART is a giveaway, in case you just want to know. -via John Farrier 


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An Up Close Look At The Costumes From Marvel's Black Panther

We've finally been treated to a fantastic trailer for Black Panther, and even though many casual comic book fans didn't have a clue who Black Panther was before Captain America: Civil War they're all on board the train to Wakanda now!

So to help get everyone hyped about Black Panther, which is slated to be released in February, 2018, here's a look at the amazing costumes designer Ruth E. Carter created for the film.

Gizmodo's Germain Lussier took these up close pics of Ruth's costumes at D23, giving us a glimpse of what the characters Shuri (Letitia Wright) and Nakia (Lupita Nyong’o) and Zuri (Forest Whitaker), as well as Black Panther's updated costume with his cool new mask/cowl.

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How Cellophane Changed the Way We Shop

The invention of cellophane in the early 20th century was a miracle for grocers and grocery shoppers. For the first time, you could actually see the food inside its package! Cellophane (along with shopping carts and parking lots) helped stores evolve from full-service groceries to self-service supermarkets.

Yet there was a notable exception to the adoption of self-service retailing: the meat department. Even in supermarkets, the meat-buying process remained akin to that of a traditional local butcher shop, where an expert cut slabs of beef behind the counter on a per-order basis, after conferring with customers individually. Some grocers did experiment with self-service meat marketing in the 1930s, but soon gave up due to refrigeration and packaging challenges.

Not until after World War II did most grocers adopt self-service meat sections. That happened partly due to advances in refrigeration cases, but largely thanks to innovations in cellophane.

Nowadays, the part of the store most likely to show off food under cellophane is the meat department. In order to accomplish that, food vendors had to make meat look appetizingly fresh and keep it that way under cellophane. The key was color. Ai Hisano wrote a book about cellophane, and is researching a new book on the history of creating the color of foods. She tells us some secrets about how cellophane and the manipulation of color made supermarkets what they are today, at Harvard Business School's Working Knowledge blog. -via Nag on the Lake  


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A Far Out Animated Short About Whales In Space

Whales look (and sound) totally cool when they're cruising around under the sea, but they look even cooler when they're cruising around on an alien planet IN OUTER SPACE! Of course, even whale poop looks cooler on an alien planet so that's not saying much.

But can you imagine how cool it would be to come across a whale while exploring the surface of an alien planet?

Don't spend too long thinking about it, space out on the surreal and beautiful short PANACEE by Jules BOULAIN-ADENIS, aka NALEB, and watch the space whales soar!

PANACÉE from NALEB on Vimeo.

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Doctors Remove 27 Contact Lenses from One Eye

A 65-year-old woman was being prepared for cataract surgery at Solihull Hospital near Birmingham, UK. Trainee ophthalmologist Rupal Morjaria says that as a team prepared to anesthetized the patient, they found a "blue mass" in her eye. On removing it, the mass turned out to be a glob of 17 disposable contact lenses! They looked around and found ten more lenses still in her eye. The patient hadn't complained of any irritation.

"When she was seen two weeks after I removed the lenses she said her eyes felt a lot more comfortable," Morjaria tells Optometry Today. "She thought her previous discomfort was just part of old age and dry eye."

The woman had not complained about problems other than cataracts, according to the report Morjaria and others published in the British Medical Journal. The patient had been wearing monthly disposable contact lenses for some 35 years, she said.

The cataract surgery was postponed because of the risk of infection. The case raises concern about patients who order contact lenses online and don't see their optometrist regularly. Read more on the story at NPR.

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The Most Extreme Waterslides on Earth

Your local waterpark may be fun in the summer, but it's probably not worth adding to your bucket list. That being said, some waterslides might actually be worth taking an epic trip. For example, have you ever seen a waterslide that comes out of a Boeing 747? 

Or the waterslide that takes you through a shark tank? And if you think that sounds crazy, just wait until you read about the waterslide that can't be ridden by women after multiple injuries to female genitalia were reported.

Check out the full list of absolutely crazy waterslides over at Travel and Leisure


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What Movies Always Seem to Get Wrong about Stockbrokers

If you've ever seen your career depicted in a movie, your first thought was probably on how wrong it was. It's true of most occupations, because everyday functional workers don't make for compelling drama (or comedy). But since very few of us deal with stockbrokers on a regular basis, the stereotypes in movies can easily give us the wrong idea. Only the greediest, most hubristic, amoral, and clever characters are stockbrokers in film. Learn how wrong that is in so many ways in an article at TVOM.


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Yup Still ENDORABLE - Wicket And The Gang Win Again!


Yup Still ENDORABLE by Ten Tenorio

The Ewoks can be seen in one of two ways, either as furry little savages that eat whatever or whoever they can catch or fierce warriors who don't need advanced technology to take down their enemies. You've gotta admit those little furballs really held their own against the Imperial forces invading Endor, and if you think about it they're running around naked out there while the Empire sports shiny armor. Now that's tough, and they're so cute they were born to be sci-fi stars. So Ewoks are Endorable- get over it haters!

Add some furry sci-fi awesomeness to your geeky wardrobe with this Yup Still ENDORABLE t-shirt by Ten Tenorio, it's the shirt you've been looking for!

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The Smell Of A Grill

Eddie Cochran claimed there "ain't no cure for the summertime blues", but poor Eddie died before he could spend much time doing the one thing that cures my summertime blues- grillin' stuff.

Whether I'm grilling meat, veggies or an apple fritter it all comes out tasting so deliciously smoky I can't help but get happy when I eat some BBQ, like Scooby Doo after a Scooby Snack happy.

But, as this Jake Likes Onions comic shows, my cereal eating neighbors don't appreciate my love of BBQ as much as I do, which may have something to do with my favorite grilling attire...*wink*

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Cat Carries Her Bed Upstairs

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A cat in Quebec gave birth to a litter of kittens upstairs. Not long afterward, she decided that they needed her cat bed, which was downstairs. Whether it was because the bed is soft, or because it has sides to keep the kittens corralled, she knew what she wanted, and went to work to make it happen. YouTube commenters are wondering why the humans didn't help her, but she seems to have the situation pretty well under control. Smart cat. -via Tastefully Offensive

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Lipizzans: The Dancing Horses of Vienna

The following is an article from the book Uncle John's Bathroom Reader Plunges Into History Again.

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If you think dancing is for sissies, the battlefield ballerinas of Vienna will change your mind.

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We'll start with Hannibal's elephants and Genghis Khan. Vilano horses from the mountains of Spain were known for their strength at least as far back as the days of Julius Caesar. These big guys carried Hannibal's warriors across the Alps alongside those famous elephants. Then someone got the bright idea of crossing Vilanos with the Barb horses (whose ancestors carried Genghis Khan and his hordes from Asia). The result was the Andalusian horses of Spain. If all this Alps crossing and horse crossing makes your eyes cross, be patient- we've almost got our dancing horses.

In 1580, Charles, Archduke of Vienna, founded a stud farm at Lipica (also called Lipizza), a village in Slovenia close to the Italian border. There, using the Spanish bloodstock, the archduke created strong, graceful horses that are born dark in color but whose coats gradually lighten to a brilliant, snowy white -the Lipizzan breed. At about the same time Austrian royalty also founded the Spanish Riding School in Vienna to teach classical horsemanship. The horses used and bred at this school became exclusively the Lipizzan.



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A 1991 Letter About the Solar Eclipse

Grandma Betty saw the solar eclipse in 1991, and regretted that her new grandson was too young to know what it was all about. But she looked up the next solar eclipse that he might see, and wrote a letter about it. Trevor's mom kept the letter until it was time to open it 26 years later, which was this past week. The letter is overflowing with love and pride for her grandson, and with wonder at the marvels of the universe.  

In case you're wondering, Grandma Betty is still going strong at age 79. Trevor (redditor davedavedaveck) told us so.


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D&D Players Reveal The Worst Things They've Ever Done In-Game

The great thing about roleplaying games like Dungeons & Dragons is the freedom you have to imagine your character doing whatever you want, but this freedom is also the terrible thing about RPGs.

Absolute freedom means figuring out all the nasty things your character can do "just because", and when some people let their imagination run wild it heads straight for the darkest part of the fantasy forest.

Redditor Gate4043 asked the fine people of Ask Reddit "D&D Players, what's the most screwed up thing you've ever done in a game?" (NSFW) and suffice it to say their responses were darker than the darkest Grimdark novel- and much more comical!

See 12 D&D Players Admit the Most Twisted Thing They've Done In-Game here (NSFW language)


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RIP Martin Landau

People remember Martin Landau as Rollin Hand in the TV series Mission: Impossible, or maybe his numerous appearances on The Twilight Zone. Or for his Academy Award-winning role as Bela Lugosi in Ed Wood. I will always remember him as Commander John Koenig in the TV series Space: 1999. Laundau appeared in 79 movies and dozens of TV shows. Landau died unexpectedly Saturday from complications during a hospital stay in Los Angeles.

"Mission: Impossible," which also starred Landau's wife, Barbara Bain, became an immediate hit upon its debut in 1966. It remained on the air until 1973, but Landau and Bain left at the end of the show's third season amid a financial dispute with the producers. They starred in the British-made sci-fi series "Space: 1999" from 1975 to 1977.

Landau might have been a superstar but for a role he didn't play — the pointy-eared starship Enterprise science officer, Mr. Spock. "Star Trek" creator Gene Rodenberry had offered him the half-Vulcan, half-human who attempts to rid his life of all emotion. Landau turned it down.

"A character without emotions would have driven me crazy; I would have had to be lobotomized," he explained in 2001. Instead, he chose "Mission: Impossible," and Leonard Nimoy went on to everlasting fame as Spock.

Ironically, Nimoy replaced Landau on "Mission: Impossible."

Laundau was 89. -via Metafilter


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Are The Rich Kids Of Snapchat Actual Spoiled Brats Or Social Media Trolls?

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Not every rich person is an obnoxious, self obsessed egotist, and those who earn their wealth through hard work tend to be pretty humble, but based on their social media posts kids who grow up rich are spoiled brats.

The Rich Kids might be playing it up to earn new followers, or they could be trolling us all by pretending to be the young, rich and greedy when they're actually broke kids with a healthy love of ironic humor.

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But whatever the story behind the "Rich Kids" accounts on Instagram and Snapchat their excess spending is sure to make those of us who work hard for the money excessively angry!

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How To Live To 100

Every time we post about someone who has lived to be 100 years old -or older- they have a story about how they did it. But each of those interviews is just one person's story. AsapSCIENCE has an overview of the science that pinpoints the specific things that may lead to longevity.

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However, some of the factors aren't under our control at all. And those that are might be confounded by other factors. Keep in mind also that a long life is not much of a benefit if the last decades are spent in ill health. Still, we can live a perfectly healthy life and be hit by a bus tomorrow. So we are back to the old adage: Plan your life as if you'll live forever, savor it as if today were your last day. -via Geeks Are Sexy


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Cool Looking Castles In And Around Los Angeles

The castles of Los Angeles aren't limited to Sleeping Beauty's Castle at Disneyland (which is actually in Anaheim, not L.A.) or Hogwarts Castle at The Wizarding World of Harry Potter inside Universal Studios Hollywood.

There's also Hearst Castle and the Houdini Estate (above), both of which are more epic mansion than castle, and then there's the Magic Castle, which is the home base for the Academy of Magic Arts and definitely looks like a castle.

Now if you're looking for a bona fide castle in L.A. you're looking for the Chateau Elysee, a seven story castle "built in 1927 as a replica of a 17th Century Normandy Castle" which offers Sunday brunch and free guided tours.

The Elysee's 77 rooms were rented out to guests in the 30s and 40s, and Cary Grant, Katherine Hepburn and Humphrey Bogart all stayed there, but now it's the Church of Scientology Celebrity Center so if they ask you to stay over say NO.

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