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"Dr. Motta and his wife, Joyce, are among a growing number of Americans incorporating observatories into new or existing homes," says the Times. (A growing number, you say!) For those paying attention at home, the order of trends is: Buying a second or third house in the city, drunken renovation parties, luxury submarines, and, of course, the megayacht with chopper. Now if you can just stick that telescope in an observatory in your recently remodeled second mini-ocean liner, you are so on top of the game. Bonus: When the bubble pops, you'll have an actual bubble-shaped representation of this era on top of your house to remind you of when you were rich!

Adding an Extra Room for the Sky [NYT]