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Monday Links

That time Columbus tricked Jamaicans into providing supplies using knowledge of an upcoming eclipse. Related; Columbus has been cleared of importing syphilis from the Americas to Europe.

Why Are Plastic Army Men Still from World War II?

Painting ‘Zebra Stripes’ on Cows Wards Off Biting Flies.

Physiognomy of eyebrows: Everything you wanted to know about eyebrow interpretation from the 16th century.

The behind the scenes quest to find Mister Rogers’s Signature Cardigans — his mother knitted them for him, and he wore those for another ten years after her death. They were not easy to replace.

Scientists Try to Make a Knife out of Frozen Human Poop.

ICYMI, most recent links are here, and include how ancient Greeks dig a 4,000-foot tunnel from both ends and met exactly in the middle (200 years before Euclid), the invention of rock, paper, scissors (and how to win), awkward Russian food art, typewriter evolution, and the ownership of the North Pole.


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