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  1. For Sale: Adorable Hobbit Hole Playhouses

    But will they fit Sir Ian McKellen?

    Is your backyard not enough like The Shire for your taste? Might we suggest throwing a pretty sweet Hobbit Hole in there to liven things up? A company in Maine has started producing and delivering wooden Hobbit Holes, and don't worry -- you can get them in adult sizes as well.

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  2. Maine Hermit Suspected in More Than 1,000 Burglaries Over 27 Years

    Christopher Knight isn't exactly a people person. The 47-year-old Maine man has lived as a hermit in the woods of Maine for nearly 30 years, becoming a sort of local legend. Mr. Knight's latest interaction with other humans isn't likely to get him on board with the idea, either, as he was arrested last week while trying to steal food from a youth camp not far from the humble hovel he calls home. Authorities say it's likely not Knight's first felonious forage, and they suspect him in more than 1,000 burglaries over the years.

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  3. Dozens of (Tiny) Earthquakes Strike Maine

    During the first week of May, something very unusual happened in coastal Maine. Normally seismically boring, Maine experienced about a dozen tiny earthquakes that rippled across the region. In their wake, the cracking earth sounded like explosions or gunshots in the distance. Far from being the precursor to an impending disaster, these pint-sized earthquakes (all under 2 on the Richter scale) are the result of the massive Laurentide ice sheet that once covered huge swathes of North America during the last ice age. Under the weight of all that ice, over a mile thick,  the crust of the earth was squished down. Some places, as much as 500 feet. Since the ice sheet receded some 14, 000 years ago, the ground has been springing back up. Earthquakes and other seismic fallout from eons of icey repression are not uncommon in Maine, but a cluster of a dozen is rather unusual for the region. It's a surprising reminder that although we may think of the landscape as unchanging and eternal, it is constantly in flux and responding to forces that stretch far beyond our lifetimes. (image and story via Wired)

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