Link Tank: The Largest Star Wars Collection in the World, a Video Tour

The largest Star Wars collection in the world, how to stay social while social distancing, plus more in today's Link Tank!

Largest Star Wars Collection in the world
Photo: Guinness World Records

May the 4th may have passed, but Star Wars is timeless. Check out this video tour of the largest Star Wars collection in the world.

“From Darth Vader’s actual codpiece to Bib Fortuna toothpaste, no one has a Star Wars collection like Steve Sansweet. And that’s an actual fact. His collection is considered the largest by the Guinness Book of World Records. The Star Wars book author and former head of fan relations for Lucasfilm houses it all in Northern California at Rancho Obi-Wan, where fans can visit and take tours of his incredible collection of toys, merchandise, screen-used props, and so, so much more.”

Read more at Gizmodo.

You can still be social while social distancing. Check out these eleven ways to stay connected with people virtually.

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If you have an internet connection, it’s easy to keep yourself entertained in quarantine. Having fun with loved ones while practicing social distancing is a little more complicated. It’s important to stay connected to friends and family now more than ever, and that doesn’t just mean calling them on the phone. You may not be able to go out with the people in your life right now, but with a little creativity, you can find new ways to socialize virtually from home.”

Read more at Mental Floss.

Cannibalism is more common than you think in the animal kingdom, and the science behind why is no less fascinating.

“Walnut-shaped, transparent, and seemingly rave-ready, the warty comb jelly is a peculiar invertebrate with a 500-million-year old history. Today, the western Atlantic native populates oceans around the globe, invading new seas and out-competing local species. A study published Thursday in Communications Biology presents a new theory for why warty comb jellies have been so successful, and for so long.”

Read more at Inverse.

Demona from the ’90s cartoon Gargoyles is the epitome of a well-written, complex villain.

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“A great villain can make a series. A competent, entertaining foe for our heroes to face is an essential part of a successful show. But creating a great villain is hard. Oftentimes, villains are one-note and not nuanced, or they’re too evil and all we want is to see them defeated. But a great villain is one we can maybe sorta understand, who doesn’t see themself as a villain. Someone who is good at what they do and does it with style. That, my friends, perfectly describes Demona on Gargoyles.”

Read more The Mary Sue.

An asteroid passed Earth last week in one of the closest flybys ever, according to scientists.

“Last week, astronomers observed a brand new space rock passing the Earth and a little bit too close for comfort to one of our communications satellites. As New Atlas reports, the space rock has been given the official name of 2020 HS7. It measures up to eight meters in diameter and was determined to have about a 10 percent chance of hitting Earth. If it had, the asteroid would burn up in the atmosphere before it could do any damage. However, 2020 HS7 did pose a risk to our network of communications satellites.”

Read more at PCMag.

Are you running out of great books to read? Consider adding these nine options to your summer list.

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“Books are just about the only part of our culture right now that is chugging on, more or less as normal. And thank goodness for that, because summer reading is going to be excellent this year (and not just because we’re potentially going to be spending most of it still in quarantine). From books about outbreaks to books that offer complete escape, here’s what you’ll want to have on your nightstand for those warm summer nights.”

Read more at The Week.