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Tuesday Links

March 5th is the anniversary of Winston Churchill’s “Iron Curtain” speech.

The official fast food French fry power rankings.

The Accidental Invention of Bubble Wrap.

Posthumous Dr. Seuss book from an unfinished manuscript to be published later this year: Dr. Seuss’s Horse Museum.

California is named after Queen Calafia, a fictional warrior queen who ruled over a kingdom of black women.

Do anxious owners make for anxious dogs? A new study explores whether pets and owners share personalities.

ICYMI, Friday’s links are here, and include a history of cheese, the physics of why sparks fly when you microwave grapes, an interactive map of the geography of the Odyssey, and that time Columbus tricked Jamaicans out of supplies using knowledge of an upcoming lunar eclipse.

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