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15 mya: Oecophylla

    Up to hundreds of weaver ants…line up side by side in militarily precise rows. They grip the edge of one leaf with the claws and pads of their hindlegs and the edge of the other with their jaws and … Continue reading

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1965: It Was Always Saturday

He was Walt. He owned a Jaguar XXB sports ship with a flat-out velocity of fifteen thousand miles an hour. His shirts came from Italy and his shoes were made in England. As he opened his eyes he looked for … Continue reading

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1952: The Grim Thoughts which Harass Me

Baffling Mysteries No. 7 (March 1952); art by Lou Cameron, found here.

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1895: A-ka-u-ku

In 1895, King Njoya of the Bamum, an ethnic group from what is now western Cameroon, invented an alphabet to record the history of his people. Njoya, who traced his linaege back 16 or 17 generations of kings, was insipred … Continue reading

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1919: At the Back of the North Wind

Jessie Willcox Smith: illustration for George MacDonald’s At the Back of the North Wind (1919)

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1865: An Army of Striking Labor

In Black Reconstruction in America (1935), W. E. B. Du Bois argues that a “general strike” by millions of enslaved African-Americans decided the outcome of the civil war. By rebelling against their masters, abandoning southern plantations, contributing their labor to … Continue reading

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1665: Pyrophylaciorum

Systema Ideale Pyrophylaciorum Suberraneorum, quorum montes Vulcanii, veluti spiracula quaedam existant, an illustration from Athanasius Kircher’s 1665 Mundus Subterranous.

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