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Thursday links

Scots, wha hae – Happy Burns Day! It’s the birthday of Scotland’s “prince of poets” Robert Burns, plus Braveheart, Burns Supper instructions,and lots of haggis.

Incredible ‘Hypatia’ Stone Contains Compounds Not Found in the Solar System.

The USS Akron plunges into the ocean: an airship disaster worse than the Hindenburg tragedy.

Dog vs cats video du jour – watch this dog intimidate a pair of much larger lions.

18th Century Cudgelling Matches.

The 10th President of the United States, John Tyler, who was born in 1790, has two living grandsons.

ICYMI, Monday’s links are here, and include why all the actors from Hollywood’s Golden Age have such a distinct and strange accent, an animated map of the changing borders and population of Europe by year since 400 BC, two new Van Gogh drawings, and why your car company may know more about you than your spouse.

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