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What’s wrong with this picture? Ronald Reagan and the Taliban

Here’s another version of the same: Well, a number of things. This isn’t the Taliban. Reagan was never reported to have said those words about the Afghan resistance groups. This meeting (picture above) took place in 1983 (February 2nd, to … Continue reading

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Language barriers and police homicides

It is true. African Americans are far more likely to be killed by the police than whites, Hispanics, Asians, or Native Americans. Until now, the magnitude of that problem has been hard to gauge. In previous years, statistics on homicides … Continue reading

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How did margarine surpass butter?

1. Margarine surpassed butter as the preferred American table spread in the late 1950s. 2. There are several popular theories explaining this shift. None of them are supported by the data. Specifically, they are either too early (‘war rationing’) or … Continue reading

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Who says dogs are “pack animals?”

Well, there’s always this guy. And many laypeople believe that dogs are pack animals. The logic goes like this: wolves are pack animals; dogs descended from wolves; thus dogs are pack animals (with maybe a bit of their wolf-ish tendencies … Continue reading

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There’s one contemporary account of Lou Gehrig’s full 1939 farewell speech. And we can’t trust it. V

How closely did Jonathan Eig follow Rosaleen Doherty’s 1939 transcript of Lou Gehrig’s speech (aside from that tell-tale fourth line that could be directly corrected by reference to newsreel footage)? Judge for yourself. Here is Eig’s version of the speech. And here is Rosaleen … Continue reading

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There’s one contemporary account of Lou Gehrig’s full 1939 farewell speech. And we can’t trust it. IV

Sadly, Eleanor Gehrig is long since passed-away (as is her co-writer Joseph Durso). We will never know how, in 1976, they recreated Lou Gehrig’s Farewell Speech of July 4, 1939. Perhaps Eleanor Gehrig simply saved a copy of the script she … Continue reading

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There’s one contemporary account of Lou Gehrig’s full 1939 farewell speech. And we can’t trust it. III

So what do we make of this mystery? We have two, nearly identical versions of a speech, one version published in 1976, the other in 2005. The first version claims a sort of personal authority – Eleanor Gehrig said she helped Lou … Continue reading

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