Gin and England go together like, well, gin and tonic. But how did a Dutch beverage become the national drink of England? To learn more, watch this animated history of England's great Gin Craze, which explains why London went on an epic five-decade gin bender back in the 18th century.
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How our minds build narratives out of disaster.
The Budget Disaster That Completely Sabotaged the WHO’s Response to Ebola
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Welcome to 13th Grade!
Some high schools are offering a fifth year. That’s a great idea.
The Actual World
“Mount Thoreau” and the naming of things in the wilderness.