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Since 1946, French specialists have removed 18 million artillery shells from and around the battlefie
 

Marginalia

July 21 · Issue #12 · View online
Five unverified facts that inspired me to circle them or write them down + weekly highlights from Holy Fool Productions.

Since 1946, French specialists have removed 18 million artillery shells from and around the battlefield of Verdun. They estimate that there remain 12 million more. The biggest shells are duds that are buried so deep in the earth that they won’t even make their way to the surface for 60 more years. — Blueprint for Armageddon | Hardcore History

Paul Thomas Anderson’s dad was Cleveland local late-night horror TV host Ghoulardi.

The brain rewires continually for tasks needed—through actually change in anatomy. London researchers found that the posterior hippocampus was larger in taxi drivers. The posterior hippocampus stores and manipulates representations of a person’s surroundings—a literal mind map . The long the taxi drivers were on the job, the larger that region of the brain was. — Nicholas Carr, The Shallows

Iceberg lettuce has almost no nutritional value. — Food + Science = Victory! | Freakonomics Radio

“The evidence of priming studies suggests that reminding people of their mortality increases the appeal of authoritarian ideas.” — Daniel Kahneman, Thinking, Fast and Slow

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