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Friday links

Roundup of Mother’s Day links.

How a Wine and Cocaine Cocktail became Coca Cola.

Why You Accidentally Call Your Relatives by Your Dog’s Name, But Not Your Cat’s.

Why It’s Illegal to Use Milk Crates for Anything Besides Milk.

V.E. Day is this weekend: on May 8, 1945, World War 2 ended in Europe.

13 alarmist marijuana posters from the Reefer Madness era.

6 most bizarre traditional dishes from all over the world.

ICYMIThursday’s links are here, and include Cinco do Mayo, colorized vintage photos of landmarks being built, phrases derived from obsolete technologies, medieval pet names, and the Doorway Effect: why we forget what we’re doing when we enter a room.

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Jussie Smollett’s story has always sounded a little . . . extraordinary. Smollett, who appears on the television series Empire, says he was attacked on the streets of Chicago at 2 a.m. by two men who shouted racial and homophobic abuses at him, beat him, doused him with bleach, and fastened a noose around ... Read More
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Let’s Chill about Hate Crimes

‘Jussie Smollett, one of the stars of the television show ‘Empire,’ was attacked in Chicago by 2 assailants who yelled racial and homophobic slurs,” tweeted the New York Times on January 29. Mark the tone of absolute certainty about an unconfirmed claim. Many other news outlets took the same tack. ... Read More