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1946: First They Came

Although this is one of the world’s most famous poems, there is no definitive version of it. Indeed, there is no clear evidence that its author, the Lutheran pastor Martin Niemöller, ever put it into poetic form. Several variations exist, … Continue reading

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1871: Wasp in a Wig

In 1870, illustrator John Tenniel wrote to Lewis Carroll suggesting that he delete an episode from Through the Looking-Glass: Don’t think me brutal, but I am bound to say that the ‘wasp’ chapter doesn’t interest me in the least, & … Continue reading

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1894: Swans

Józef Pankiewicz: Nocturne: Swans in the Saxon Garden in Warsaw by Night (1894)

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1883: The Skaw Spit

Johan Krouthén: The Skaw Spit, Skagen (1883)

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2017: Huge Jelly Blobs

  From Live Science: Huge Jelly Blobs Spotted Off Norway Coast: What Are They? Giant, jelly-like blobs have been sighted off the western coast of Norway, but the identities of these mysterious objects have scientists stumped. The blobs are about … Continue reading

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1802: The Mammoth Cheese

On the first day of 1802, President Thomas Jefferson received a gift of mythic proportions. Amid great fanfare, a “mammoth” Cheshire cheese was delivered to the President’s House by the itinerant Baptist preacher and political gadfly Elder John Leland (1754-1841). … Continue reading

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1946: Fight That Man!

The Challenger—a tough-talking comic book hero from the 1940’s who fights fascism at home: “The man who wants to smash the unions or attack racial or religious minorities is a fascist! Never forget that, and never forget to fight that … Continue reading

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