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Friday links

Hottest chili pepper in the world accidentally created by Welsh farmer.

Why Flamingos Are More Stable on One Leg Than Two.

How Model Trains Transformed From Cutting-Edge to Quaint.

If meat eaters acted like vegans.

If a T-rex were released in New York City, how many humans/day would it need to consume to get its needed calorie intake?

The Debuts and Early Performances of 20 Future Stars.

ICYMI, Thursday’s links are here, and include typewriter evolution, the un-edited photos from which classic pin-up girl paintings were made, why thinking in the shower is effective, and for Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy fans, Towel Day.

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A Right-Wing Halloween

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Politics & Policy

The Blackface Party

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