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Tuesday links

“Your smile is a naughty goblin”: Foolproof pick up lines, per Chinese scientists.

The Ultimate Ranking of Pasta Shapes.

How do Animals Have Sex Underwater?

June 6 is D-Day: quotes (Shakespeare, Eisenhower, Churchill), videos (footage, FDR’s and Reagan’s speeches, a Lego re-enactment), lots of links.

Using a Charge Card to Buy $170 Million Painting.

The First Artificial Skating Rinks Looked Pretty But Smelled Terrible – before the technology to reliably freeze water existed, the rinks used a mixture of pig fat and salts.

ICYMI, Friday’s links are here, and include how America’s self-esteem craze took hold, some 17th century advice on encrypting and sending secret messages, TV characters killed off out of spite, and the anniversary of the evacuation of Dunkirk by a flotilla of small boats (the inspiration for Churchill’s “We shall fight on the beaches…we shall never surrender” speech).

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