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Reads tagged with “just weird”

The Natural History of Evolution, in Stunning Black-and-White Photographs of Animal Skeletons
The Natural History of Evolution, in Stunning Black-and-White Photographs of Animal Skeletons

What a flamingo, a capybara, and a guinea pig have to do with the beginnings of recorded time.

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The Curious Sofa: Edward Gorey’s Vintage “Porno-graphic” Children’s Book for Adults
The Curious Sofa: Edward Gorey’s Vintage “Porno-graphic” Children’s Book for Adults

A naughty illustrated tale of mad mid-century matinees.

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Science Ink: Carl Zimmer Catalogs the Tattoos of Science Nerds
Science Ink: Carl Zimmer Catalogs the Tattoos of Science Nerds

An anthropology of the geek-rebel, or what astrophysics has to do with the delicacies of the dermis.

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Poets Ranked by Beard Weights
Poets Ranked by Beard Weights

Calculating aptitude by way of facial hair, or what Walt Whitman’s “hibernator” has to do with phrenology.

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Celebrating the Art of Competitive Beard and Mustache Grooming
Celebrating the Art of Competitive Beard and Mustache Grooming

A lament for patience by way of Garibaldi, or what partial beards have to do with instant gratification.

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The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini
The Strange Friendship of Arthur Conan Doyle and Harry Houdini

A glimpse of early-20th-century spiritualism, or how the supernatural became a conduit for the deeply human.

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The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions: Vintage Arsenal of Masonic Pranksters
The Extraordinary Catalog of Peculiar Inventions: Vintage Arsenal of Masonic Pranksters

What Elks, Moose, and Shriners have to do with a fake guillotine and a goat on wheels.

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Complaints Choir: The World’s Mundane Grievances Set to Song
Complaints Choir: The World’s Mundane Grievances Set to Song

Rent is too damn high, the global musical.

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A Map of Woman’s Heart: Appalling Victorian Gender Stereotypes, in Illustrated Cartography
A Map of Woman’s Heart: Appalling Victorian Gender Stereotypes, in Illustrated Cartography

From coquetry to selfishness, or what the Sea of Wealth has to do with the City and District of Love.

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The Ropes at Disney: 1943 Walt Disney Employee Handbook
The Ropes at Disney: 1943 Walt Disney Employee Handbook

“If you unwittingly slip off the beam, it will give you painless nudge in the right direction. Please read it carefully.”

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