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Wednesday links

V-J Day: 70 years ago today, the end of WWI came with Japan’s official surrender

Here’s Bernie Sanders’s cringe-inducing 1987 spoken-word folk song album

Foiurteen movie characters who were supposed to die, but didn’t

Taking specialization a bit too far: This leech feeds on hippo rectums

Doing the math: How much lembas would the fellowship need walking into Mordor?

The birth of the bicycle after volcanoes killed all of the horses.

ICYMIFriday’s links are here, and include the anniversary of Skynet self-awareness, the truth about chastity belts, why some athletes drink their own urine, and 1896 advice on electric-car driving.

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