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Houdini: Master Magician and Photoshop Editor?

Have you seen this photo? Perhaps you’ve seen this version of it? No?  How about the original? One of Harry Houdini’s greatest pieces of magic was making an elephant vanish on stage. A lesser known, but equally brilliant, trick involved … Continue reading

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The Economist, In 1843

Via Marginal Revolution, I came across this volume of “The Economist” from 1843. I’ve only skimmed it, but I usually enjoy reading old publications. On the Irish bullying Canadians: A few days ago, a party of Irish labourers, who had received, … Continue reading

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The Dragon’s Awake

The other day in a conversation, someone reminded me of a famous Napoleon quote: “Let China Sleep, for when the Dragon awakes, she will shake the world.” I looked it up to double-check. That was in 1803. And then this … Continue reading

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A Cambodian’s Perspective on American Politics

Earlier today I had a slightly serious, slightly humorous, but mostly enlightening conversation with a Cambodian man who’s been generous enough to spend the past two days teaching me about rural economic development here. Here’s what he had to say about … Continue reading

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