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Friday Links

“The War to End All Wars” ended 100 years ago, on the 11th Hour of the 11th Day of the 11th Month in 1918. Before it was Veterans Day it was Armistice Day, for the fallen of the First World War: Here’s some history.

Rome’s Heroes and America’s Founding Fathers.

The Little-Known Reason Pencils Are Yellow.

Advice on hair washing from the Twelfth and 17th centuries.

Football Physics: Newton, Einstein, and The Forces Behind Those Big Hits.

NASA has plans to probe Uranus in search of gas.

ICYMI, Monday’s links are here, and include how telegraph operators were the first to know news of the Civil War (which arrived in code), political maps of the United States from 1850 and 1880, Nazi werewolves, making whiskey and wine in a lab, and Guy Fawkes Day.

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