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Strange cases of mass hysteria. The one that’s always fascinated me is the mysterious dancing epidemic of 1518.

The Politics of the Louisiana Purchase.

What Are the Odds of Getting Bit by Both a Bear and a Shark? It happened to some guy, and a statistician explains how the odds are calculated. Kind of related: Defensive Gun Use and the Difficult Statistics of Rare Events.

Why would we evolve to poop in the same place as our friends?

The Turkish Roots of Swedish Meatballs.

The Longest Route You Can Sail in a Straight Line Without Hitting Land.

ICYMI, Tuesday’s links are here, and include the world’s oldest crayon, a history of tug-of-war fatalities, the Duke of Wellington’s birthday, and a WWI plan to turn America’s trees into telephones.

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