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The 17th-Century Paper Social Network – Robinson Meyer – The Atlantic

It’s like 17th-century Twitter, said Chris Fletcher, Keeper of Special Collections at Oxford’s Bodleian Library, which bought the scrap earlier this year. To scholars and the British public, both Wood and Aubrey are well-known. Both were antiquaries, a kind of Enlightenment-era historian-biographer who preferred working with physical, material things. “We …

Watercooler Stories – May 1, 2012 – UPI.com

Thieves: Sheep are in ‘protective custody’ TRENT HILLS, Ontario, May 1 (UPI) — The culprits behind the theft of 31 sheep slated to be culled in Canada due to suspected illness said the animals are in “protective custody.” The sheep, belonging to Montana Jones of Wholearth Farmstudio in Trent Hills, …

500,000 people pack Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day

DUBLIN (AP) — An estimated 500,000 people crowded Saturday into central Dublin to view the St. Patrick’s Day parade, a focal point for Irish celebrations worldwide and the start of the tourist season in debt-battered Ireland. Bands from Britain, the United States and Russia joined thousands of Irish volunteers on …