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Stephen King’s Maine

Stephen King is synonymous with the Pine Tree State. The best-selling author, 73, has lived in the land of lobsters and lighthouses nearly his entire life, using the chilly surroundings as inspiration to build a literary universe. Several small towns in central Maine serve as the real-life backdrops for such famously inhospitable fictional settings as Castle Rock and Derry, which feature in his most famous novels—from It to Pet Sematary—and their onscreen adaptations. So come, take a tour of Uncle Stevie’s famous New England haunts—if you dare.

1. Banngor

King moved with his family to Bangor in 1979—and, giving it the fictional name Derry, he’s used the setting for many of his tales, including It (1986) and the 1994 novel Insomnia. The two locales share many landmarks, such as the giant Paul Bunyan statue possessed by the supernatural clown Pennywise. King still owns a home (pictured) in Bangor—and in 2019 he began converting the neighboring house into a writers’ retreat.

2. Durham

The author spent much of his childhood here, fueling his obsession with small-town America. Durham is located in the same geographical area as Castle Rock, the fictional backdrop of the Hulu show of the same name, as well as the books The Dead Zone, Cujo, Needful Things, and The Body, later adapted into the movie Stand by Me—which, ironically, was filmed mostly in Oregon.

3. Thomaston

In the Stephen King universe, the Shawshank State Prison is Maine’s largest penitentiary, seen in all its brutal glory in the short story Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption. The real-life building (pictured) was demolished in 2002, but fans can visit the nearby Maine State Prison Showroom, which sells souvenirs produced by inmates—including Shawshank-themed hoodies.

4. Orrington

Before moving to Bangor, the King family lived next to this town’s pet cemetery—King was inspired to write the terrifying 1983 book Pet Sematary after the death of his daughter’s cat Smucky. “That night, after we buried [Smucky], we heard [my daughter] out in the garage…shouting, ‘God can’t have my cat, that cat is my cat!’” King told EW in 2019. “And I put all that in the book. Everything in the book, up to the point of the supernatural stuff, is true.”

5. Orono

Orono is home to the picturesque University of Maine, where King studied English in the late ’60s and served as writer in residence in 1978. (He also wrote a weekly column for the school newspaper and even met his future wife, Tabitha, in the library.) In Sematary, doctor Louis Creed (played by Jason Clarke in the 2019 film) is appointed director of the university’s campus health service, but moves his doomed family from Chicago to a house near Ludlow, a tiny town 100 miles north.

Reprinted from Entertainment Weekly

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The United States of Movies — 51 Iconic Films

Movies have touched almost every aspect of the American experience — and just about every square inch of land. Entertainment Weekly picks the one film that best captures the spirit and story of each state.

Check out the list HERE.

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Maps of The Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years From California to Shanghai

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It all started with a map. . . . Maps of the Disney Parks are more than just atlases used by guests to find their way to Big Thunder Mountain Railroad. They are snapshots of a place and time, relics treasured by collectors, and gorgeous pieces of artwork.

In fact, it was a map-imagined by Walt Disney and drawn by Herbert Ryman-that was used to sell the idea of Disneyland to investors. Unfold this book bursting with beautiful maps from when the very first Disney Park opened in 1955 right up to today.

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Discover details on how and why the domestic and international parks have changed over time, and enjoy six decades worth of skillful creativity. The 144 page hardcover book, Maps of The Disney Parks: Charting 60 Years From California to Shanghai will be available on October 18, 2016

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Plotted: A Literary Atlas By Andrew DeGraff

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Plotted: A Literary Atlas by Andrew DeGraff ($25) is an incredibly wide-ranging collection of maps — all inspired by literary classics!

The book offers readers a new way of looking at their favorite fictional worlds. DeGraff’s stunningly detailed artwork takes readers deep into the landscapes from The Odyssey, Hamlet, Pride and Prejudice, Invisible Man, A Wrinkle in Time, Watership Down, A Christmas Carol, and more. Sure to reignite a love for old favorites and spark fresh interest in more recent works as well, Plotted provides a unique new way of appreciating the lands of the human imagination.

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The 128 page hardcover will be released in October!

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This Map Shows How All The Future Marvel Movies Are Connected

There are plenty more Marvel superhero film to come. Disney and Marvel are releasing 19 movies and TV shows between now and 2019, and they are all interconnected. All these titles are building up to Avengers: Infinity Wars, Parts I and II, out in 2018 and 2019. These films will focus on the villain Thanos, who will try to gather six powerful gems called Infinity Stones to create an Infinity Gauntlet with the power to destroy the universe.

The Avengers (and probably some other heroes, like Captain Marvel and Doctor Strange) will have to stop him.

See how the heroes and villains connect to one another with this helpful guide courtesy of TIME.

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Navdy

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Navdy ($300) is a head-up display (HUD) that allows drivers to use turn-by-turn navigation, make calls, and use smartphone apps, all without taking their eyes off the road. The Navdy display mounts atop the driver’s side dashboard and projects an image on a 5.1-inch transparent display.

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The driver interacts with Navdy through voice and gesture commands. Navdy is currently available for pre-order, and is scheduled to ship in early 2015.

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The Nerdiest States In America

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There’s a lot to consider when choosing which state to live in. Will the locals trade Pokemon cards with you? Will you be mocked for LARPing in the park? Will you meet others who enjoy dressing up like Star Wars characters? For those who harbor interests considered nerdy or geekish, not all states are created equal.

Estatelycrunched the numbers to determine which U.S. states have the most nerds per capita and you can check out their findings HERE.

Did your State make the list? Do you think they got it right?

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The Great American Menu, Ranking Regional Foods Across The U.S.

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Albert Burneko and illustrator Jim Cooke have put together the Great American Menu, a list of signature regional foods from each state in the United States. According to the ranked list, Illinois’ Chicago-style deep-dish pizza is the best regional food in the country.

Check out the Great American Menu HERE.

Here are the top 10:

1. Chicago-style deep-dish pizza (Illinois)
2. Shrimp and grits (South Carolina)
3. Mission-style burrito (California)
4. Crab cake (Maryland)
5. Peach pie/cobbler (Georgia)
6. Gumbo (Louisiana)
7. Key lime pie (Florida)
8. Fried green tomatoes (Alabama)
9. Stacked enchilada with green chile (New Mexico)
10. Marionberry pie (Oregon)

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A Map of Television Show Locations in America By James Chapman

Graphic artist and physicist James Chapman has designed a detailed poster titled “AMERICA:the home of television” which is a map of television show locations in the United States. It’s available to purchase at his Etsy shop for $24.

Have you ever wondered how far it is from Breaking Bad to Arrested Development? Or which coast has more crime drama? Or how many shows are set in Wyoming? (Spoiler alert, it’s none) Well, wonder no more.

Law & Order, Happy Days, Treme, Gossip Girl, Frasier, 30 Rock, Rocky & Bullwinkle, The Wire, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Even Stevens, True Blood, Girls, Community, Friday Night Lights and many many many more are all featured on this map of television locations in America.

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MOVA Globe

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The MOVA globe turns gently and silently inside a clear acrylic shell, no batteries or wires required. Simply place the MOVA globe on its stand. Your globe will come to life and start to turn when exposed to natural or artificial light. The MOVA globe creates the perfect focal point for any room or office. Comes with a three finger acrylic base.

Dimensions:

– 4.5 Inch: 4.5″ L x 4.5″ W x 7.25″ H; 3 lbs. ($133)

– 6 Inch: 6″ L x 6″ W x 9″ H; 7 lbs. ($360)

– 8.5 Inch: 8.5″ L x 8.5″ W x 12″ H; 13 lbs. ($500)

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