How Slavery Really Ended in America. An argument of logic and law determined how the Union Army would handle a case of slaves who approached them for asylum. (via Metafilter)
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Touch Wood. This musical Rube Goldbergesque Japanese ad for a cell phone is way more entertaining than it should be.
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"Build a better mousetrap, and the world will beat a path to your door" is an old saw, but it's also literally true. Nicholas Jackson writes in The Atlantic about various mousetrap designs and how they represent the entrepreneurial spirit. (via Look at This)
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You may think the reason we don't have cats as doctors is because they don't have opposable thumbs and degrees, but there are plenty of other reasons. (via Maximum Verbosity)
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The 6 Most Bizarre Medical Hoaxes People Actually Believed. The preposterousness of these cases vary; just because people can fake an illness well doesn't mean a woman can give birth to rabbits.
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Darth Vader plays the piano. This may be a leftover April Fool, but it's a right nice performance.
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Holiday Inn, Dial Soap & Other Famous Not-So-American Brands. Maybe they started out American, but foreign investment made them truly global.