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October 10, 732, is the anniversary of the clash of civilizations at the Battle of Tours.

Throwing Knives Is Growing More Popular. Here’s How to Get Started

When drug lord Pablo Escobar was shot dead in 1993, his four hippopotamuses were left to fend for themselves in a pond. Now, there are dozens of them.

100 years ago — Why October 1918 Was America’s Deadliest Month Ever:

By the time it abated in 1920, the Spanish flu had killed 675,000 Americans and left hundreds of thousands of children orphaned. Not only did more Americans die of the Spanish flu than in World War I, more died than in all the wars of the 20th century combined. Globally, the pandemic infected a third of the planet’s population and killed an estimated 50 million people.

The epic task of breeding fruit flies for life on Titan.

The Century-Long Scientific Journey of the Affordable Grocery Store Orchid.

ICYMI, Monday’s links are here, and include DIY colonoscopies (plus a roundup of funny colonoscopy videos), the vegetable peeler that changed the world, the 2018 World Snail Racing Championship, and, from the late 1800s, a list of reasons for admission to an insane asylum.

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Politics & Policy

Demagoguery Is Not Leadership

The government of Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern in New Zealand has, with the support of the opposition, decided to enact fundamental changes in the nation’s firearms laws less than a week after the massacre at two Christchurch mosques. This is the opposite of leadership. It is also an example of why ... Read More
White House

The Media’s Disgrace

There will soon enough be an effort to memory-hole it, but the media coverage of the Russia investigation was abysmal and self-discrediting — obsessive and hysterical, often suggesting that the smoking gun was right around the corner, sometimes supporting its hoped-for result with erroneous, too-good-to-check ... Read More
U.S.

Political Theatrics

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following is Jonah Goldberg’s weekly “news”letter, the G-File. Subscribe here to get the G-File delivered to your inbox on Fridays. Dear Reader (Including all you whippersnappers under the age of 50), I’m writing this from somewhere over the Atlantic. At least I hope that’s ... Read More
Politics & Policy

What Was Trump So Annoyed About?

One of the stranger arguments that I heard throughout the Mueller saga -- and am hearing today, now that it's turned out to be a dud -- is that Donald Trump's irritation with the process was unreasonable and counterproductive. This tweet, from CNN's Chris Cilizza, is a nice illustration of the genre: Donald ... Read More