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Friday links

This short 1901 film has some surprisingly impressive special effects: The Fat and the Lean Wrestling Match.

The Mathematics Of Measuring Cups.

The Krakatoa volcanic eruption in 1883 was so loud it ruptured eardrums of people 40 miles away, traveled around the world four times, and was clearly heard 3,000 miles away.

Flowers Have Secret Blue Halos That Bumblebees Can See.

10 Fun Fashion Facts from the Middle Ages.

How The Princess Bride Built Film’s Most Beloved Sword Fight. Here’s the fight scene.

ICYMI, Tuesday’s links are here, and include ways in which Martian laws will differ from Earth laws, a set of 1860s photos of the five stages of inebriation, eating the world’s spiciest chip, and, for Rita Hayworth’s birthday, a compilation of her dancing.

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