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It’s William Shatner’s birthday: Here he is in 1978 ‘singing’ Rocket Man, plus a Star Trek/Monty Python mashup.

Sold: Isaac Newton’s Notes on the Philosopher’s Stone. It was a long time before anyone admitted that he was interested in alchemy.

High-tech forgery: Computer-generated ‘Rembrandt’ painting unveiled.

“Nub City” – the Florida town where people cut off their appendages for insurance money.

Middle School Reading Lists 100 Years Ago vs. Today. Related: Check out this test for eighth graders in Kentucky dated 1912.

Moldy beer and pungent salt beef: a 17th c. sailor’s diet

ICYMI, Tuesday’s links are here, and include science and myths of the vernal equinox, Silicon Valley billionaires prepping for the apocalypse in New Zealand, a message written by cows that could be seen from space (the message, not the cows), and a TED video classic from 2005: How To Tie Your Shoes.

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