The Starcourt Mall From Stranger Things Is a Real Mall in Georgia

The Gwinnett Place Mall in 2012
The Gwinnett Place Mall in 2012
Mike Kalasnik, Flickr // CC BY-SA 2.0

Warning: Spoilers for Stranger Things season 3 ahead!

After discovering that the Starcourt Mall in Stranger Things’s third season was actually part of the Russians’s secret base, it didn’t seem all that fun any longer. Even after watching Eleven go shopping for the first time with Max, and seeing Steve get rejected by multiple girls at Scoops Ahoy, it probably wouldn’t be many people's first choice for a hangout spot. But if you take away the Mind Flayer and the scary scientists, fans would certainly be flocking to the mall. That’s why a quick trip to Georgia might be on some people’s minds, after learning Starcourt is a real mall there.

As noted by Decider, the third season of the Netflix series was filmed in Georgia, just like the previous two. And while the mall they shot in doesn’t include a Sam Goody or Waldenbooks like it does in the show, the shopping center does exist. Gwinnett Place Mall is located in the Atlanta suburb of Duluth, and is fully functioning for your shopping pleasure.

However, Decider points out that the mall might not be around for much longer, as a sports developer reportedly could be turning the location into a cricket stadium set to fit 20,000. Not quite a Stranger Things vibe.

But for now, Gwinnett Place Mall is still standing, so if you’re a diehard fan of the show and live nearby—or are looking for the perfect pop culture-themed road trip—you might want to check it out (while it's still standing).

[h/t Decider]

Missing the Days of Clippy? There’s an App That Will Bring Him Back

The Science Elf, YouTube
The Science Elf, YouTube

Some Microsoft Office users might still brace for the appearance of a certain nosy, wide-eyed paper clip whenever they type Dear at the top of a fresh Word document. After all, Clippy was the anthropomorphic pet we never asked for, yet tolerated through several formative years of computer technology.

Though Clippy—short for Clippit—may have been on the receiving end of an industry-wide eye roll in the late 1990s, it’s hard to ignore how much he seems like an early, distant ancestor to applications like Alexa and Siri, upon whom society has developed a pretty significant reliance. Whether you think about the injustice against Clippy every day or you’re just a normal person who likes any excuse to indulge in ‘90s nostalgia, we have news for you: You can rescue him from the void and host him on your very own Mac desktop.

According to Lifehacker, the app was created by a developer named Devran “Cosmo” Uenal, who debuted the program on Github earlier this month. This rather chilled-out Clippy won’t burst into your Word document and offer unsolicited advice on how to write letters, but he’ll still entertain you with animated performances if you right-click on him and choose “Animate!”

As you can see in Uenal’s Twitter video, he might don a pair of oversized headphones and mime a music jam sessions, or he might transform into a googly-eyed, heavy-eyebrowed checkmark.

To download the paperclip pal for yourself, scroll down to the “First start” section on the Github page and click “Download Clippy for macOS,” which should trigger an automatic download. Click on that installation file, and then follow the rest of the directions in the “First start” section to open Clippy on your desktop. From there, the fun is endless.

And, if you’re hungry for more history about the world’s most hated virtual assistant, you can read more about his tragic life here.

[h/t Lifehacker]

Celebrate the Holidays With a Harry Potter Sock Advent Calendar From Target

Target
Target

Harry Potter Advent calendars are becoming a new Christmas tradition among wizards and witches at heart. For the 2019 holiday season, LEGO is launching an Advent calendar set of Harry Potter minifigures, and Funko is releasing its own calendar themed around the Yule Ball. Now, Bustle reports that Target is getting in on the action with four new Advent calendars packed with Harry Potter-themed socks.

No matter what type of Harry Potter fan you are, there's a batch of socks for you in Target's line-up. If you're someone who gets assigned a different house every time you take a sorting hat quiz, go with the first Advent calendar. It includes socks in men sizes 6 through 12 emblazoned with the crests and colors of all four Hogwarts houses.

The other three packs feature women's socks with a somewhat random assortment of designs. You'll find footwear branded with iconic Harry Potter imagery, like Hedwig the owl, the golden Snitch, and the Hogwarts Express. Other socks bear quotes from the books and films, like "Mischief Managed" from the Marauder's Map and Hagrid's famous one-liner, "You're a wizard, Harry."

Every Harry Potter Advent calendar from Target comes with 15 pairs of socks, working out to just $1 a pair. If you'd like to start planning the holiday season early this year, you can order them today from Target.com. And to make the holidays even more magical, don't miss out on this Hogwarts castle tree topper that plays "Hedwig's Theme."

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

Harry Potter sock advent calendar.
Target

Harry Potter socks from Target.
Target

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