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Friday links

August 12 is Erwin Schrödinger’s (he of the famous half-dead cat) birthday: explanation, quotes, jokes, video.

12 Plane Crashes That Changed Aviation.

Browse the British Library’s online copy of Leonardo da Vinci’s 570-page notebook.

A subway-style map of the Roman roads of Britain.

The Tiny Island in New York That Nobody’s Allowed to Visit.

ICYMI, Wednesday’s links are here, and include directly streaming music to your cochlear implant, the anniversary of the battle of Thermopylae, the 1814 beer flood that killed eight people, village sin-eaters, and Glen Campbell’s Alzheimer’s-related song.

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