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12 months ago

(Feb 09, 2021 07:00)

Before proposing to his cousin, Charles Darwin wrote a marriage pros-and-cons list. The pros included ‘constant companion’ and ‘better than a dog’, the cons ‘forced to visit relatives’ and ‘less money for books’.

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12 months ago

(Feb 09, 2021 02:00)

Most of us can’t read in our dreams.

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12 months ago

(Feb 09, 2021 05:45)

Word of the day: DØDENS PØLSE (Danish) - literally ‘the sausage of death’, something really boring.

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12 months ago

(Feb 09, 2021 09:29)

In the classical era, many Greeks and Romans wiped their bottoms on pottery shards called ‘pessoi’. Historians think this was probably quite dangerous.

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12 months ago

(Feb 09, 2021 12:49)

King Louis XIV’s work-from-home routine began with a ‘grand getting up ceremony’. He was woken up at 08:30, examined by doctors, dressed, then drank soup in front of nearly 100 male courtiers.

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11 months ago

(Feb 09, 2021 10:00)

In the 1960s and 70s, women in the French island of Mayotte’s anti-independence movement forced politicians to do their bidding by using tickle torture.

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12 months ago

(Feb 09, 2021 12:00)

Thanks to a chemical stored in its genitals, the male Heliconius melpomene butterfly makes females smell so bad after sex they ‘turn off’ rival mates. (Study: https://t.co/JlT5ZeYGtO Image: Greg Hume CC BY-SA 3.0). https://t.co/xuU9IXByHS

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12 months ago

(Feb 09, 2021 03:15)

George Washington’s dentist, Dr. John Greenwood, saved the president’s last tooth and wore it on his watch chain.

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