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Monday links

New Guinness World Record-setting Rube Goldberg machine takes 412 steps to light a Christmas tree.

When Mother Teresa Met With New York’s Mayor to Lobby for a Parking Permit.

Who Inspired Elvis Presley’s Haircut?

Before Seinfeld: The Origins of Festivus.

Chimps Remember Butts Same as Faces.

How Teddy Roosevelt Changed Football.

ICYMI, Friday’s links are here, and include (without limitation) lots of really bad nativity sets, the history of the chicken dance, Pretend to Be a Time Traveler Day, and how McDonald’s got started.

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Politics & Policy

Basta La Vista, Baby

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Education

Betsy DeVos Strikes a Blow for the Constitution

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Politics & Policy

ABC News Makes a Serious Mistake

Today, across Twitter, I began to see a number of people condemning the Trump administration (and Betsy DeVos, specifically) for imposing a new definition of sexual assault on campus so strict that it would force women to prove that they were so harassed that they'd been chased off campus and couldn't return. ... Read More