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Friday links

December 2, 1823: the Monroe Doctrine, the announcement forbidding countries outside of North and South American to interfere in American affairs.

The Medical Dangers of Kissing

A brief history of competitive eating.

Want your hoo-ha steam-cleaned but don’t have a spa nearby? Here are the do-it-yourself instructions.

The Geometry of Plants.

Optical illusions.

ICYMI, Wednesday’s links are here, and include Winston Churchill’s birthday, the effectiveness of polygraph tests, the obscure British comedy sketch that’s the most-repeated TV program, and the Museum of Bad Art.


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