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Friday links

How big can a tsunami really get?

The history of the sneeze guard.

Saddam Hussein’s Unfinished Mosques.

How to Slim Down in Fourteen Days: Advice from 1595.

How to Build an Igloo.

Giant Snow ‘Mushrooms’ Are Winter’s Rarest Natural Wonder.

ICYMI, Wednesday’s links are here, and include identifying wildlife droppings, National Fruitcake Toss Day, the giant concrete arrows across the U.S., and a supercut of people falling and landing on vehicles (set to the finale of the 1812 Overture).

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The Joys of Heterogeneity

The temporary shutdown of parts of the federal government is a good argument for the permanent shutdown of parts of the federal government. When one of his colleagues voiced frustration with the slow pace of conservative reform in the 1990s, Newt Gingrich replied, “Rome wasn’t burned in a day.” That’s ... Read More

Referenda Delenda Est

"In my country the people can do as they like, although it often happens that they don't like what they have done."      -- Winston Churchill, 1946 London During the Second World War, as U.S. power was eclipsing Britain's, Harold Macmillan, a future prime minister, reportedly said, "These Americans ... Read More