witchcraft
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Quickies: Witches, Pumpkin Spices, and Bad Science

Origin of the phrase “Roger that” in English – “When a soldier or a radio operator said ‘Roger’ after receiving a transmission, he was simply saying ‘R’ for ‘received’. The …

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Quickies: Cuteness as a Curse, an Ode to Little Brown Girls Everywhere, and Mouse Utopias

‘Being cute just made me miserable’: Mara Wilson on growing up in Hollywood – “She was the adorable little girl in Matilda and Mrs Doubtfire… then the phone stopped ringing. …

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Quickies: Daria, Fugitive Slaves in the Great Dismal Swamp, and Big Sugar Paid for Favors

Deep in the Swamps, Archaeologists Are Finding How Fugitive Slaves Kept Their Freedom – “By downplaying American marronage, and valorizing white involvement in the Underground Railroad, historians have shown a …

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star trek
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Quickies: Star Trek Conventions, Tote Bags and the Environment, and Birth Control Pricing Loopholes

Welcome to the Weird and Wonderful World of a 1970s Star Trek Convention – I wish there were more photos, but this is still a pretty neat collection! Are Tote …

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bob ross
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Quickies: The Real Bob Ross, SETI Signals, and Indie Crossword Puzzlers

This food bank doesn’t want your junk food. Good. – “If your household income is low or you’re food-insecure, you’re probably going for the cheapest, highest-calorie options. The latter also …

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Quickies: Does Tylenol Work?, Does Smiling Still Make People Happy?, and What Is This Chef Hiding?

Should you take Tylenol, Advil, or aspirin for pain? Here’s what the evidence says. – “So I was surprised when I found out there’s a huge gap between how pain …

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della
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Quickies: Misogyny at Fox News, Another “Fountain of Youth” Pill, and Della Reese’s Talk Show

5 Points On The Explosive Allegations In Andrea Tantaros’ Fox News Lawsuit – “In a lawsuit filed Monday, former Fox News host Andrea Tantaros alleges that ex-network boss Roger Ailes …

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Quickies: Transmasculine Visibility, Jazz Hands, and Biblical Literalism

The Obsession With Biblical Literalism – “A Christian theme park in Kentucky brings the ancient to life through a life-sized reconstruction of Noah’s Ark—but not without dipping into fiction.” I …

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