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Beware — It’s the Ides of March. Related: when Julius Caesar was kidnapped by pirates, he insisted on a higher ransom.

Couple has eaten at the same restaurant six nights a week for 15 years.

Spring Cleaning in the 19th Century — it’s a lot easier now.

Saint Patrick’s Day: origin, history, quotes, poetry, videos, and how to make your own green beer. Related, this excellent Biologist’s St. Patrick’s Day Song and why four-leaf clovers are considered lucky.

Seat Belt History: The Patent That Was Given Away.

Digital Comic Museum has pretty much every comic ever published.

ICYMI, Thursday’s links are here, and include Pi Day, secrets of the world’s greatest art thief, videos on making medieval manuscripts, and Einstein’s birthday (including the post-mortem travels of his brain).

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