Failed “Wizard of Oz” Theme Park to Reopen this Summer

Once desolate (but never truly abandoned), North Carolina’s Land of Oz theme park will reopen for six days this June (every Friday and the last Saturday). A wonderland built around The Wizard of Oz’s beloved world, yellow brick road included, the park debuted in 1970 and closed one decade later. In the ’90s, it would open its doors again—for only one day a year. Money …

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Popsicles made from polluted water, 200-year-old wine, a Super Nintendo World theme park and more

1. Early Reviews of Apple’s Just-Announced HomePod At Apple’s Worldwide Developer Conference, the tech giant confirmed a long-rumored and highly anticipated product: HomePod, the speaker that promises to marry high-quality audio with an intelligent assistant Siri. The in-house speaker has seven tweeters (each with its own amp), six mics, a high-excursion woofer and measures seven inches in height. Apple gave just a handful of publications …

Look Inside the Super Nintendo World Theme Park

Thanks to what appears to have been a ceremony hosted inside of a faux Super Mario level at the forthcoming Super Nintendo World Theme Park, we finally have teaser images. The theme park, affiliated with Osaka, Japan’s Universal Studios, isn’t scheduled to open until 2020—but the teasers hint at what’s to be expected—nostalgic stylings loyal to our memory. Other Universal locations are also planning Nintendo …