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May 12 was the birthday of Victorian poet and artist Dante Gabriel Rossetti — here’s a brief bio, some art and poetry, and a bit on his obsession with wombats.

Ancient Chinese Buildings Are Held Together With Sticky Rice.

This Plane Accidentally Flew Around the World — After Pearl Harbor, the crew of Pan Am flight 18602 was forced to do the impossible.

Five medieval toothpaste recipes, plus more medieval dental advice.

Why Do Cats — and So Many Other Animals — Look Like They’re Wearing Socks?

Why You Feel the Urge to Jump — The science and philosophy of looking down from a high place.

ICYMI, Friday’s links are here, and include a roundup of Mother’s Day links, the 1970s flying Winnebago, an explanation of why we forget what we’re doing when we enter a room, and, for Fred Astaire’s birthday, clips of some of his best dancing.

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The Age of Miscalculation

On August 7, 1998, more than 200 people were killed in terrorist attacks on U.S. embassies in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, and Nairobi, Kenya. Americans learned three names most of them never had heard before: Ayman al-Zawahiri, Osama bin Laden, and al-Qaeda. On August 20, 1998, President Bill Clinton ordered a ... Read More
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Jay-Z Joins the Ranks of the Insufficiently Woke

Rapper and mogul Jay-Z announced his company’s new partnership with the National Football League and has made much of the social-justice Left furious: I think that we forget that Colin [Kaepernick]’s whole thing was to bring attention to social injustice, correct? So, in that case, this is a success; this is ... Read More