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Thursday links

It’s that time of year – a roundup of recommendations for beer, wine and whiskey pairings to drink with Girl Scout cookies.

Washing machine history.

Why Do Ballet Dancers Turn Clockwise?

It’s Dr. Seuss’s birthday – here’s his little-known book of nudes: The Seven Lady Godivas (OK for work)

Air Force doctor wins NASA ‘Space Poop Challenge’.

Some animals kill each other after sex because their distinction between hungry and flirty is blurred.

ICYMI, Tuesday’s links are here, and include 17th century competitive eating, that time Christopher Columbus tricked Jamaicans using knowledge of an upcoming lunar eclipse, where nature is most likely to kill you, how long it would take for a single person to fill up an entire swimming pool with their own saliva, and video of a group of tigers ripping a drone out of the sky then trying to eat it.

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