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Wednesday Links

Albert Einstein was born on March 14, 1879: Here’s a short bio, video, an explanation of gravitational waves, and the strange post-mortem travels of his brain. Related: Einstein’s forgotten inventions.

Why did ancient people drill holes in their heads?

The Quest for a Universal Translator for Old, Obsolete Computer Files.

3.14: Happy Pi Day.

The woman who thought she was married to Napoleon.

Death-Defying 40-ft Vertical Plunges: The High-Diving Horsewomen of Atlantic City.

ICYMI, Friday’s links are here, and include solving crimes with knot analysis, Daylight Saving Time history (including Ben Franklin’s proposal), a street-legal jet-powered Volkswagen Beetle, and, for Chuck Norris’s 78th birthday, his five most badass movies, supercut of Norris’s best kicks and a bunch of Norris “facts.”

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Happy Saint Patrick’s Day, everyone. Hope it has been a good one. Yesterday, I had a tale in my Impromptus column. I had been to Harvard, to conduct a couple of interviews, and I waxed nostalgic. In Widener Library, there are bag-checkers -- people checking your bags on your way out. Ages ago, there was this ... Read More
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Rolling Back Dodd-Frank

The Senate on Wednesday passed a bill that would roll back parts of Dodd-Frank. The vote was 67–31, with 17 members of the Democratic caucus breaking party lines. If the legislation passes the House and is signed, it will be the largest change to the controversial financial-reform package since it became law in ... Read More
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Hillary’s Other America

I am still chuckling at Hillary Clinton’s speech in India. Among the things she said: If you look at the map of the United States, there is all that red in the middle, places where Trump won. What that map doesn’t show you is that I won the places that own two thirds of America’s Gross Domestic product. ... Read More
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Samantha Power Regrets

‘I’ve had a lot of bad ideas in my life,” former U.N. ambassador Samantha Power tells Politico. “Though none as immortalized as that one.” Wow. It’s a major concession. And what might “that one” be? Not standing idly by in the White House while Iranians protested a fixed election in 2009, then ... Read More