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The Game of Life (and Death)

The Game of Life (and Death)

Sports today are tame by history’s standards. Ancient societies didn’t seem to think twice about spending blood and lives in the pursuit of great athletic entertainment. People have been hacked, poked, drowned, punched, cut, smashed, and skied to death, all in some of...
Endlings 2 – Animals

Endlings 2 – Animals

The tiny mouse-sized pygmy tarsier is a nocturnal primate native to Indonesia.  They’re not monkeys, but prosimians, like lemurs.  They have big eyes like a Furby, but are only 4 inches long, and most of that was tail.   Precious little was known about them, as they...
Throw the First Stone(wall) Revisited

Throw the First Stone(wall) Revisited

​Pride goeth before the fall.  Except in Atlanta, where they hold it in October.  On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots, and just in time for Pride Month, NYC officials announce that a monument [will be erected] to honor pioneering LGBTQ activists Sylvia...
Endlings, part 1 – People

Endlings, part 1 – People

Numbering around 15,000 people in the 18th century, the population of the Juma people of Brazil was ravaged by rubber tappers, loggers and miners who wanted their ancestral land.  Only 100 remained by the 40’s and a massacre in 1964 left only six, including Aruka...
Hate to Burst Your Bubble

Hate to Burst Your Bubble

HOME How much is a nickel worth?  5 cents, as a rule.  But what is nickel the metal worth?  Now that can vary.  In the late 1960s, nickel was in high demand due to the Vietnam War, but there was a shortage of supply due to strikes at the major Canadian supplier Inco. ...
A Farewell to Armrests

A Farewell to Armrests

Theft and vandalism are not uncommon in our world, though theft of public property is a bit more rare.  That was the charge two men in France found themselves facing in 2018.  They had removed several of a particular item from a public park.  The targets were benches,...