Ye Olde Thorn

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How one forgotten letter (barely) changed the English language forever.

China’s Counterfeit Cities

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China has a reputation for producing counterfeit technology, fashion, and Starbucks. Then there’s fake Paris.

The Grapevine – Here Comes Santa Claus

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If you’re good, he’ll break into your house and leave presents under a tree. If you’re not, he’ll supply you with valuable fossil fuels. But where did the man with the bag come from? Featuring St. Nicholas, Krampus, Jesus, and more. The gang’s all here.

Our Democracy is Dumb

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Democracy is important. The ancient Greeks knew that. Everyone else forgot it for a couple thousand years, and then America remembered. Suffering beneath the widespread paw of the British tea-and-taxes machine, a spunky bunch of would-be American patriots found common ground in vanquishing the evil empire and building atop its ashes a democratic nation. Similar …

The Case for a Bigger House

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The United States House of Representatives is a cornerstone of the American Democratic system, a piece of living history, and a real shitshow.