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Friday Links

April 28 is Duke Ellington’s birthday.

The Literal Meaning of Every Country’s Name on a Map (zoomable).

Inside the Strange World of Dried Hummingbird Love Charm Trafficking.

Because it’s time to get the herb gardens planted, here’s some advice from the 16th century on avoiding brain scorpions: Take heede therefore ye smellers of Basil.

Here’s a clickable map of every street tree in New York City.

Teddy Roosevelt’s Epic Hunt for a White Rhino.

ICYMI, Wednesday’s links are here, and include how to download a copy of everything Google knows about you, ANZAC Day (the anniversary of the Battle of Gallipoli), the 19th-century art of measuring criminals, and, for Oliver Cromwell’s birthday, his excellent (and evergreen) speech throwing out the corrupt Parliament (plus the posthumous adventures of his head).

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