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Quickies: Cat Statue, Depression Era Food, and Childcare in the US

A Dearly Departed Istanbul Cat Gets a Commemorative Statue – “Tombili was known for being a chill cat, and this was a common pose for him. But this particular photo …

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Quickies: Niki Massey, Unreliable Diet Studies in Mice, and Viruses That Made Us Human

For Niki – Niki Massey, blogger at The Orbit and all-around great person and activist, passed away this weekend, so here is a tribute for her. Searching for the Black …

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Quickies: Academic Poverty, Fighting Ableism, and Vocal Coaches for Women

Smash Bros. Player’s Sexual Consent Guide Ignites Debate In Community – “The Smash community’s reactions to Chhetri’s article were polarizing. On social media, Chhetri and her report were excoriated. Top …

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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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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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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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