Thursday links

by debbywitt

It’s the anniversary of the 1812 battle of Baltimore, inspiration for the Star-Spangled Banner.

Creepy Soviet-era playground sculptures.

An eyewitness look at the 1917 Halifax Explosion, the biggest explosion of the pre-atomic age.

September 14, 1861 was The Night of the Flaming Ballerinas.

The International Hide and Seek Championship.

Why There’s A West Virginia.

ICYMI, Tuesday’s links are here, and include H.L. Mencken’s birthday, 1950 information tests to try on your children, jay-walking and the fight for the streets, and why elephant brains, which have three times as neurons as ours, don’t perform better than ours.   

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