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Tuesday links

Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington was born on May 1.

Archaeologists Discover What May Be the World’s Oldest Crayon.

Medicine in Antiquity.

The premier of Infinity War brings to mind another Captain America movie – the 1973 Turkish version in which he teams up with a Mexican wrestler and fights evil Spiderman.

Floraphone: The WWI Plan To Turn America’s Trees Into Telephones.

A History of Tug-of-War Fatalities.

ICYMI, Friday’s links are here, and include Duke Ellington’s birthday, all about hummingbird love charm trafficking, a clickable map of every street tree in New York City, and some advice from the 16th century on avoiding brain scorpions: Take heede therefore ye smellers of Basil.

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