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Friday links

It’s Beatrix Potter’s birthday: in addition to Peter Rabbit et al, she produced some gorgeous botanical drawings.

The Invention of the Chilean Sea Bass.

The Proper Names of 17 Bodily Functions.

Some disturbing examples of bad taxidermy.

Medieval Fashion Trends.

Meet the Woman Behind New York’s 1800s School For Crooks.

ICYMI, Wednesday’s links are here, and include a history of prosthetic limbs,  Aldous Huxley’s birthday, why monks have strange haircuts, and what happens when you leave a tetherball hanging in the forest.

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