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July 10, 2019

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When 6-Year-Olds Chose Jury Candidates | History

Smithsonian
Following the advent of the American court system and continuing into the 20th century, many jurisdictions needed a way to select candidates for a jury that would at least superficially appear unbiased. Although today algorithms choose from a list of eligible citizens, for a brief period, some states relied on......
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When Twister Was Too Risqué for America | Innovation

Smithsonian
The original box for the game Twister was jarring in its conservatism. Although the game was marketed mostly to kids and teens, emblazoned across the promotional material for its 1966 launch were cartoon adults wearing fancy clothes entirely impractical for playing the game. Also inexplicably for a game premised on......
History

A Brief History of Smokey Bear, the Forest Service’s Legendary Mascot | History

Smithsonian
Last year, the deadliest wildfire season in state history swept across California. More than 8,000 fires burned nearly two million acres and cost hundreds of millions of dollars to suppress.* In a matter of minutes, a town named Paradise was engulfed in flame and almost completely destroyed; 85 people died.......
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Danny Thompson’s Blazing Nitromethane-Fueled Pursuit of Racing Glory | History

Smithsonian
In the middle of the course, over that flying mile, Mickey Thompson’s speed was about equal to the muzzle velocity of a bullet fired from a lightly loaded small-caliber pistol: 406.60 miles per hour. This was September 9, 1960, on the Bonneville Salt Flats. He became the fastest man in......
History

How a Voyage to French Polynesia Set Herman Melville on the Course to Write ‘Moby-Dick’ | Arts & Culture

Smithsonian
1 This is the tale of a man who fled from desperate confinement, whirled into Polynesian dreamlands on a plank, sailed back to “civilization,” and then, his genius predictably unremunerated, had to tour the universe in a little room. His biographer calls him “an unfortunate fellow who had come to......

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