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Friday Links

Tax day quotes, cartoons, links, Dave Barry’s classic column, and the 1967 cartoon version of The Beatles “Taxman”

How to file an online extension.

Tax Revolts from Science Fiction and Fantasy.

Death and Taxes… and Zombies: Tax implications of the zombie apocalypse.

The Long Sordid Tale of the American Income Tax.

Abraham Lincoln was assassinated on April 14, 1865 (includes an eyewitness report from 1956).

The Titanic sunk on April 14, 1912 — here’s an eyewitness account. Related: Titanic Food Menus For 1st, 2nd and 3rd Class Passengers.

ICYMI, Monday’s links are here, and include the science of dog farts, a history of the joke “Why Did the Chicken Cross the Road?”, the physics behind a baseball bat’s sweet spot, and a useful infographic: The Flowchart of Medieval Penitent Sexual Decision-Making.

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Health Care

The Puzzling Problem of Vaping

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Politics & Policy

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World

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