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Friday links

The Gettysburg Address was seven score and thirteen years ago. Related: President James Garfield’s birthday – when he was shot, Alexander Graham Bell showed up with a metal detector to try to locate the bullet. 

The Japanese Museum of Rocks That Look Like Faces.

The Rise and Fall of the 1-900 Number.

Advice on hair washing from the 12th and 17th centuries.

28 Delicious Ways To Use Leftover Bacon Fat.

Protect Your Library the Medieval Way, With Horrifying Book Curses.

ICYMI, last Friday’s links are here, and include why we have animals living in our houses, Heineken’s campaign to convince consumers that Corona was actually urine, early- to mid-20th century visions of sex in the future, and ranking the most popular canceled TV shows (Firefly, of course, is No. 1).

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