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History Sports

Fear and Loathing in Saint Louis

Under the aura of the coronavirus, athletic events hang in the balance. Could sports be in a worse position?

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Business History

The Devil’s Chemist and the Legacy of Evil

Why did a Nazi chemical conglomerate indicted for forced labor, murder, and genocide stay open until 2011?

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History Language Technology

What Day Is It? (Part II)

We don’t have anything better to do; let’s get deep into “Wednesday”.

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History

What Day Is It? (Part I)

But first: What year is it?

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History United States

Norton I, Emperor of the United States

In a time of peril and civil war, the people of the United States turned to the leadership of one man.

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Geography History Language

Ye Olde Thorn

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

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Geography History

844,000 Feet Under the Sea

A brief history of the Dutch pastime of telling the ocean to fuck off.

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History

An American Franksgiving

The Time FDR moved Thanksgiving for fun and profit

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Geography History

Minnesota’s Flag is Bad. Let’s Change it.

Minnesota’s state flag is bad. It’s simultaneously unremarkable and cluttered, ridiculously complex and altogether unrecognizable. Can we get rid of it?