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    Château Margaux

    Château Margaux is a wine estate of Bordeaux wine, and was one of four wines to achieve Premier cru (first growth) status in the Bordeaux Classification of 1855. Over several centuries it has retained its position as among the world’s most prestigious and expensive wines.

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    d’Offay, Anthony

    Anthony d’Offay.

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    O’Brien, Glenn

    Classic collection of essays from the style writer Glenn O’Brien.

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    O’Brien, Flann

    Flann O’Brien’s At Swim-Two-Birds. It is widely considered to be O’Brien’s masterpiece, and one of the most sophisticated examples of metafiction.

    Oarfish

    Oarfish are found in all the world’s oceans at depths of between 300 and 1000 meters. Its total length can reach 17 m, and it can weigh up to 300 kg.

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    Ocelot

    Ocelot

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    Offshore powerboat racing

    Offshore powerboat racing is racing by large, specially designed ocean-going powerboats, typically point-to-point racing. Probably one of the largest, most dangerous, and most powerful racing machines of all, the extreme expense of the boats and the fuel required to participate make it an expensive and elite sport.

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    Ohno, Kazuo

    Kazuo Ohno was a Japanese dancer who became a guru and inspirational figure in the dance form known as Butoh.

    OK Fred

    OK Fred. Japanese magazine edited by Audrey Fondecave Tsujimura and her husband.

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    Okapi

    Unknown to Europeans until 1901, today there are approximately 10,000–20,000 okapis in the wild and only 40 different worldwide institutions display them.

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    Omersa

    Omersa and Company is known throughout the world for its collection of handmade leather animal footstools and desk top accessories – the Omersa Collection. The first leather pig was made in England in 1927 and sold through Liberty’s of London, where they can still be found today.

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    Onagadori

    Onagadori

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    Ophiocordyceps unilateralis

    Ophiocordyceps unilateralis is a parasitoid fungus that infects ants such as Camponotus leonardi, and alters their behavior in order to ensure the widespread distribution of its spores. The fungus’s spores enter the body of the insect likely through the cuticle by enzymatic activity, where they begin to consume the non-vital soft tissues. Yeast stages of the fungus spread in the ant’s body and presumably produce compounds that affect the ant’s brain and change its behaviour by unknown mechanisms, causing the insect to climb up the stem of a plant and use its mandibles to secure itself to the plant. Infected ants bite the leaf veins with abnormal force, leaving telltale dumbbell-shaped marks. A search through plant fossil databases revealed similar marks on a fossil leaf from the Messel pit which is 48 million years old.

    The fungus then kills the ant, and continues to grow as its mycelia invade more soft tissues and structurally fortify the ant’s exoskeleton. More mycelia then sprout out of the ant, and securely anchor it to the plant substrate while secreting antimicrobials to ward off competition. When the fungus is ready to reproduce, its fruiting bodies grow from the ant’s head and rupture, releasing the spores. This process takes 4 to 10 days.

    The changes in the behavior of the infected ants are very specific, giving rise to the term zombie ants, and tuned for the benefit of the fungus. The ants generally clamp to a leaf’s vein about 25 cm above the ground, on the northern side of the plant, in an environment with 94-95% humidity and temperatures between 20 and 30 °C.

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    Opificio delle Pietre Dure e Laboratori di Restauro

    The Opificio delle Pietre Dure e Laboratori di Restauro, literally meaning Workshop of Semi-precious Stones and Laboratories of Restoration, is a public institute of the Italian Ministry for Cultural Heritage based in Florence. It is a global leader in the field of art restoration and provides teaching as one of two Italian state conservation schools (the other being the Istituto superiore per la conservazione ed il restauro). The institute maintains also a specialist library and archive of conservation and a museum displaying historic examples of Pietre Dure inlaid semi-precious stones artefacts. A scientific laboratory conducts research and diagnostics and provides a preventive conservation service.

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    Oracle bone

    Oracle bones are pieces of bone normally from ox scapula or turtle plastron (underside) which are used for divination chiefly during the late Shang Dynasty. The bones are inscribed with divination in oracle bone script by using a bronze pin. They were later heated until crack lines appeared in which the divinations are read.

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    Ordos City

    Modern ghost city in China.

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    Orford Ness

    Today Orford Ness on the Suffolk coast is known as an internationally renowned nature reserve, but its history is shrouded in secrecy and tales of military testing.

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    Orient Express

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    Origo, Iris

    Like an American heiress in a tale by Henry James, Iris Origo was born into a world of “unfair advantages of education, money, environment, and opportunity.” She used her birthright wisely, traveling the world, studying art with Berenson, and, with her Italian husband, improving the land and the lot of the peasants in the Val d’Orcia of Tuscany. She tells her life story in Images & Shadows.

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    Orkin, Ruth

    Ruth Orkin. American photographer.

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    Orozco, Gabriel

    Gabriel Orozco’s beach house.

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    Ortega, Fernando

    Conceptual poetic brilliance from Mexican artist Fernando Ortega. Repped by Lisson Gallery.

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    Osmium

    Osmium is an extremely dense, blue-gray, hard but brittle metal that remains lustrous even at high temperatures. Due to its hardness, brittleness, and very high melting point (the fourth highest of all elements), solid osmium is difficult to machine, form, or work. Osmium is generally considered to be the densest known element, narrowly defeating iridium.

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    Ossendrijver, Lucas

    Lucas Ossendrijver.

    Lucas Ossendrijver, the 37-year-old Dutch-born Lanvin men’s wear designer, has an international resume to rival most diplomats. After graduating from the Fashion Institute Arnhem (ex alumni include Ossendrijver’s compatriots Viktor & Rolf), he skipped from Kenzo, to the German-Greek Kostas Murkudis, and then to Dior Homme in the Hedi Slimane years, before being charged in 2006 with translating Alber Elbaz’s success at Lanvin to the men’s market.

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    Otis, Carré

    Carré Otis is an American model and actress. Otis started dating Mickey Rourke not long after the release of Wild Orchid. The couple married in 1992, and had one of the most celebrated and stormy celebrity marriages of the 1990s.

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    Owen, Kirsten

    Yup!

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    Oz

    Oz was first published as a satirical humour magazine between 1963 and 1969 in Sydney, Australia and, in its second and better known incarnation, became a “psychedelic hippy” magazine from 1967 to 1973 in London.

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