Talk Like Robert Newton Day

If you are interested in the origin of pirate lingo and elocution, Gretchen McCulloch has a good explanation in Slate today in honor of Talk Like a Pirate Day. Look it up at Why Do Pirates Talk Like That?

But here’s a clue and it is both surprising and logical:

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Unwanted Pregnancy? Try Tear Gas

Go over to The Nation and read what Michelle Goldberg has to say about tear gas. Her weblog entry is titled, Tear Gas Is an Abortifacient. Why Won’t the Anti-Abortion Movement Oppose It?

FergusonGood question. I expect the Hobby Lobbys all over the country to lock the doors behind them and race on over to Ferguson, to stand in solidarity for the religious rights of the people who are being exposed to a substance that is known to cause miscarriages and to attack the peace officers who are wielding tear gas canisters like well-shaken cans of soda pop.

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The History of the World

In 1931 John B. Sparks created what was called the Histomap. The original resides in the David Rumsey Historical Map Collection. However, courtesy of Rebecca Onion and Slate, here is: The Entire History of the World—Really, All of It—Distilled Into a Single Gorgeous Chart.

If the attached image is too hard to read, just head on over to Slate for a better view or to the David Ramsey site for a zoomable version.

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