Happy Thursday, Loyal Readers! If you like to read because you like to learn, this week’s issue is right up your alley. Build your background knowledge on electric vehicles, leopard seals, legal marijuana, humpback whales, Iraqi immigrants, the Winchester Mystery House, nonbinary identity, bullet trains, how time zones work, and the Antarctic Peninsula, among other topics. There is something for everybody. Go out, discover, and get lost in the joy of reading. (Then find your way again and tell me what you liked.)
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