The true story behind the Little House books. The children's books don't hold a candle to the dramatic real lives of the authors.
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The Texas Library Association is selling a 2010 calendar called "The Tattooed Ladies of TLA," featuring 21 inked librarians. It's a fund raiser to assist libraries that are still recovering from damage caused by hurricanes Katrina and Rita.
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Uncanny Old Gags. Artist Gary Lee-Nova takes panels from old Nancy comic strips and combines them into something much funnier than the original. (via Boing Boing)
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I don't have any information on this animated short except that it's from Russia. And it's pleasantly weird.
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On the Trail of a Serial Killer in Macedonia. It took years for anyone to realize there was a pattern of missing women and start looking for the Kičevo Monster. (via Metafilter)
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25 Creatively or Humorously Altered Signs. I especially like what people have made of a simple stop sign. (via Gorilla Mask)
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Today is the 64th anniversary of the first nuclear bombing, when the city of Hiroshima, Japan was flattened by the US military. Two-year-old Sadako Sasaki was there, and became a symbol of what the city went through.