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Monday Links

Roundup of April Fool’s Day links.

Blood Transfusion History.

Do these people not watch movies? Scientists Are Teaching AI-Powered Robots to Reproduce, Evolve.

The etymologies of all 50 state’s names.

Drunken online shopping is big business — especially for Amazon.

The Surprising Story of the First Use of Ether in Surgery.

ICYMI, most recent links are here, and include the results of playing music to cheese as it ages, the origin of the phrase “red herring,”  the unnoticed meteor that exploded over Earth on December 18, 2018, and, for William Shatner’s birthday, a Star Trek/Monty Python mashup.

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Ten Questions for the ‘Squad’

Democratic infighting reached a fever pitch last week with bickering and personal attacks between members of the “Squad” and other House Democrats. During that period, Squad members Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, Ilhan Omar, Rashida Tlaib, and Ayanna Pressley mostly avoided doing interviews. However, that all ... Read More

The Rise of the Chinese-American Right

On June 13, during a nasty storm, a group of Chinese New Yorkers gathered in front of the gates of Gracie Mansion, the New York mayor’s residence on the Upper East Side, to protest. Inside, Mayor Bill de Blasio was meeting with two dozen or so representatives of the Asian-American community to discuss his ... Read More

Who Is Boris Johnson?

By next week at this time, Boris Johnson will be prime minister of the United Kingdom. Not since Margaret Thatcher has such an outsized personality resided in Number 10 Downing Street. Not since Winston Churchill has such a wit presided over Her Majesty’s Government. Wit is actually the chief reason for ... Read More