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Wednesday Links

Happy Talk Like a Pirate Day, me hearties! Instructions, translators, and the Dave Barry column that started it all.

The Great British Hedgehog Census.

Swirling your wine is not pretentious; it’s just good physics. My favorite part is how the analysis of the physics became someone’s Ph.D. dissertation.

Hey, Firefly fans — tomorrow is Unification Day.

MIT Researchers Develop Seamless Underwater-to-Air Communication System.

Found: A 1699 “Beard Tax” Coin That Stopped the Tsar’s Police from Shaving You.

ICYMI, Tuesday’s links are here, and include Great Britain’s network of secret nuclear bunkers, the Night of the Flaming Ballerinas, the man who cut out his own appendix, inventing a longer-lasting popsicle, and, for Dr. Samuel Johnson’s birthday, a selection of his excellent insults and Scotland-bashing quotes.

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Weirdo O’Rourke

Friends of the young Bill Clinton and Barack Obama spoke of the special glow of promise they had about them, even back in their early twenties. Angels sat on their shoulders. History gave them a wink and said, “Hey, good lookin’, I’ll be back to pick you up later.” Robert O’Rourke? Not so much. He ... Read More
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McCain at Annapolis

President Trump has been doing a lot of tweeting today -- against TV programs, companies, and other things that have incurred his displeasure. These tweets make for interesting reading. One of them is this: So it was indeed (just proven in court papers) “last in his class” (Annapolis) John McCain that sent ... Read More