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Imagine you’re in your twenties, unmarried, and you see someone you’re attracted to in your local ice cream parlor. You’re alone and you’d really like to introduce yourself. Sounds simple enough, but if you lived during the 18th or 19th centuries you’d face a mountain of objections. For one, if you were a young woman … Continue reading “Escort Cards – Victorian Tinder?”
There’s no doubt about it. Jigsaw puzzles are having a moment. While weathering the COVID-19 pandemic, many people stuck at home are coping with the situation by doing puzzles. Specifically, jigsaw puzzles. Sales have surged since stay-at-home orders went into effect, and puzzle makers are having a hard time meeting the demand. Ravensburger, the largest … Continue reading “Puzzling through the Coronavirus Crisis”
Edward Jenner and Cowpox The solution to safer smallpox inoculations came from English physician Edward Jenner. And surprisingly, he got help from a cow. Edward Jenner was born into a big family (he was one of nine children) in 1749 in Berkeley, Gloucestershire. Because his father was a clergyman, young Edward and his siblings got … Continue reading “The First Vaccine – Part 2”
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