Category Archives: Social Studies

Library Link of the Day: ‘Please Mr. Kennedy’ – How An Intentionally Bad Song Turned Out So Great

Courtesy of Huffington Post: “Right smack in the middle of “Inside Llewyn Davis,” Joel and Ethan Coen’s ode to New York City’s folk music scene of the early 1960s, the audience is introduced to a particularly hokey (yet incredibly catchy) … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: The Winchester Mystery House

Courtesy of Atlas Obscura: “In 1886 an eccentric woman named Sarah Winchester traveled from New Haven, Connecticut, to San Jose, California, to start a new life. She purchased a small eight-room farmhouse and started a small renovation project that would … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: This Game Lets You Create Mock Scandals by Writing Fake News

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: “You know the feeling. You open up Twitter to see what’s happening online, and … hmm. Looks like the Illuminati is conspiring to put fluoride in our vaccines. That’s what @OpenEyesMaverick666 says, anyway. Ever wonder how fake … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: These Are the Stunning Finalists from Smithsonian.com’s 2017 Photo Contest

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: Beautiful photography has the power to show you the world without you even having to leave your room. The stunning finalists of Smithsonian.com’s 2017 photo content will likely do just that. For the 15th annual photo contest, the … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: We Had Amelia Earhart’s Bones All Along, According to New Forensic Analysis

Courtesy of The University of Florida Press: “The unknown fate of Amelia Earhart continues to fascinate. One of the most tantalizing clues involves skeletal remains found on Nikumaroro Island in 1940. Some have summarily dismissed these bones as the remains … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Linguists identify 15,000-year-old ‘ultraconserved words’

Courtesy of the Washington Post: “You, hear me! Give this fire to that old man. Pull the black worm off the bark and give it to the mother. And no spitting in the ashes! It’s an odd little speech. But … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Central Park’s 1,600 cast iron lamp posts hide this helpful secret

Courtesy of Curbed.com (a website that focuses on architecture and properties in major cities): “You’ve probably walked by them several times on jaunts through Central Park, but have you ever stopped to think that the Park’s cast iron lampposts were … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Laser Scans Reveal Maya “Megalopolis” Below Guatemalan Jungle

Courtesy of National Geographic: “Using a revolutionary technology known as LiDAR (short for “Light Detection And Ranging”), scholars digitally removed the tree canopy from aerial images of the now-unpopulated landscape, revealing the ruins of a sprawling pre-Columbian civilization that was … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Why Does February Have 28 Days?

Courtesy of Curiosity.com: Thirty days hath September, April, June, and November; all the rest have thirty-one … except for February, for some reason. How did this poor month become the runt of the calendar, anyway? Blame the Romans and their … Continue reading

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Library Link of the Day: Visit a Country That Doesn’t Exist

Courtesy of National Geographic: “Imagine a normal country with borders, a democratically-elected government, sealed passports for the population, a president, and a flag flying—yet nobody recognizes its existence. Welcome to Transnistria. A small piece of land barely as big as Dallas, Texas, Transnistria … Continue reading

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