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Friday links

On January 27, 1945, the Soviet Army liberated Auschwitz.

The Science of Why Swearing Physically Reduces Pain.

What’s the best animal to slice open and crawl inside to stay warm?

A bit of history for Australia Day.

The (proposed) 38 States of America.

When the Soviet Union Paid Pepsi in Warships.

ICYMI, Thursday’s links are here, and include 18th Century cudgelling matches, the birthday of Scotland’s “prince of poets” Robert Burns, an airship disaster worse than the Hindenburg (the USS Akron), and video of a dog intimidating a pair of much larger lions.

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