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What We’re Reading: June 8-12

What’s your dream home style?, What ugly building can you just not help loving?, New York housing game, How to avoid insects this Summer, Rise of the yuccie?

villaDiscover your dream home style, through this interactive Wall Street Journal quiz.  I’m a Tuscan Style Villa!

We know they’re bad for us. We know we shouldn’t like them. BUT STILL WE DO. What building that everyone else considers ugly occupies an architectural soft spot in your heart?

New York’s housing crunch can be complicated to understand, what with tax-break programs, regulations for renters and affordable housing required by law. Luckily, a new game can help you make sense of it.

Remember how your mom always told you to wash your hands after you played outside?  Here’s the proof she knew what she was talking about.  Yikes!

It’s the season for outdoor parties, cookouts picnics AND mosquitoes. Vox has tips to avoid these insects—wear light colors, don’t drink alcohol and stand away from other people.  Doesn’t sound like much fun, but you will remain bite free.

The time-tested combo of pizza and a movie recently got a little bit easier to pull off — well, assuming you live in Hong Kong.

If your tablet is too small, and you don’t care if your device is portable or not, the new Microsoft Surface Hub is for you.  It has an 84-inch diagonal screen and weighs in at 220 pounds and is priced at $20,000. It is reviving manufacturing in Wilsonville, OR, since the screen is too large to be produced in Asia.

The hipster is dead; long live the “yuccie.”  The yuccie?

Can money buy happiness? Yes. But you might be surprised by the ways you should spend it.

Something we missed last week:  Housing through the centuries: We like this video except for the fact that The Atlantic thinks chateaus were built in the 3rd Century and black and white timber frame houses were built in the 1st Century.   This year, a house was printed for the first time. For around $160,000 you could print your own mansion in 2015.

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