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As we focus on wildfires, hurricanes, and floods, let us not forget that Tornado Alley has moved from the Great Plains to the Southeast: "Migrating tornadoes are the nation's deadliest disasters"
(Plus- the Cedar Keys Hurricane)

Contemplate the consequences of climate change: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/30/were-not-in-kansas-anymore/

Find out why: "Paradox-Free Time Travel Is Theoretically Possible, Researchers Say"
(Plus- Enrico Fermi)

Ponder predestination: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/29/the-distinction-between-past-present-and-future-is-only-a-stubbornly-persistent-illusion/

One of the great pranks of all time: "The Great Rose Bowl Hoax," via @HoaxMuseum
(Plus- Iceland goes dark)

Treasure tricksters: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/28/lokid/

Two scholars long-ago predicted political upheaval in America in the 2020s. Why it’s here and what we can do to temper it: "Welcome To The ‘Turbulent Twenties’"
(Plus- Silent Spring)

Step up: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/27/the-surface-of-american-society-is-covered-with-a-layer-of-democracy-from-beneath-which-the-old-aristocratic-colors-sometimes-peep/

Eastern Bloc Architecture: 50 buildings that defined an era, starting with cinemas
(Plus- Valentin Pavlov)

Take your seat: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/26/whats-a-bigger-mystery-box-than-a-movie-theater/

The very complete-- and lavishly illustrated-- history of the Dallas-Fort area's motorways: "Dallas-Fort Worth Freeways"
(Plus- the first horseless carriage)

Watch for your exit: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/25/like-so-many-named-places-it-was-less-an-identifiable-city-than-a-grouping-of-concepts-census-tracts-special-purpose-bond-issue-districts-shopping-nuclei-all-overlaid-with-access-roads-to-its/

A new wave of company logos all include the same three-letter abbreviation: "Why Nostalgic Logos Are Booming Right Now"
(Plus- Nevermind)

Look back: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/24/when-i-was-a-boy-the-dead-sea-was-only-sick/

What Is Chronobiology? Does it explain why we’re having so much trouble sleeping?
(Plus- Neptune deduced, then discovered)

Hit the hay: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/23/im-envious-of-people-who-can-sleep-as-long-as-they-want-i-have-the-circadian-rhythm-of-a-farmer/

The ever-illuminating @JamesGleick unpacks the remarkable Jill Lepore's new history, "If Then: How the Simulmatics Corporation Invented the Future: Simulating Democracy"
(Plus- the Facebook Timeline)

The targets painted on our chests: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/22/what-might-once-have-been-called-advertising-must-now-be-understood-as-continuous-behavior-modification-on-a-titanic-scale-but-without-informed-consent/

Today's scientists have ready access to techniques to help visualize their research. It wasn't always so: "'More Lively Counterfaits'-- Experimental Imaging at the Birth of Modern Science"
(Plus- Band-Aids)

Show, don't tell: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/21/the-greatest-value-of-a-picture-is-when-it-forces-us-to-notice-what-we-never-expected-to-see/

If multiverses seem weird, it’s because we need to revamp our notions of time and space: "The Multiple Multiverses May Be One and the Same"

Find one in many: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/20/evidently-the-fundamental-laws-of-nature-do-not-pin-down-a-single-and-unique-universe/

How an image from a 1970 astronomy PhD dissertation became a rock icon
(Plus- Tipper stickers)

Tap your toes: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/19/i-traveled-far-and-wide-through-many-different-times/

The 125-Year history of the pin-on button, Its design, and Its role in cultural change
(Plus- Margaret Chase Smith)

Wear ’em with pride: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/18/button-button-whos-got-the-button/

What's behind the global decline of religion: "Giving Up on God?"
(Plus- the Thirty Years War)

Culture and the cosmos: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/17/god-has-no-religion-3/

Hokusai: More than 100 lost works by the non-western world’s most famous artist rediscovered-- the painter’s abandoned attempt to create Great Picture Book of Everything
(Plus- Jean Arp)

Picture that: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/16/if-you-could-say-it-in-words-there-would-be-no-reason-to-paint/

The very middle of the U.S. is becoming increasing drier, with what are sure to be huge consequences: "Dividing line: The past, present and future of the 100th Meridian"
(Plus- Mr. Burns)

Ponder parching: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/15/reason-is-the-first-casualty-in-a-drought/

The history of anger-- indeed, the very fact that it has one-- sheds light on the elevated emotional climate of today: "Repertoires of Rage"
(Plus- Britain's "lost weeks")

Wrestle with wrath: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/14/when-angry-count-four-when-very-angry-swear/

The story of corn, from the domestication of maize 10,000 years ago to today’s ubiquitous “commodity corn,” teaches us about biodiversity... and its lack: "Corn is everywhere!"
(Plus- Oliver Evans)

Give a shuck: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/13/corn-is-a-greedy-crop-as-farmers-will-tell-you/

The Tree of Knowledge: magic spells from a 16th century potion book
(plus- Doc sets the record)

Contemplate casting: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/12/oh-its-a-strange-magic/

The din of typewriters and Tamogatchis lives on: "Museum of Endangered Sounds keeps vintage noises alive"
(Plus- America's first presidential nominating convention)

Listen carefully: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/11/have-you-ever-heard-a-blindfolded-octopus-unwrap-a-cellophane-covered-bathtub/

How much, in materials, would it cost to build a human body? via @delanceyplace
(Plus- Stephen Jay Gould)

Add a pinch of salt: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/10/the-body-is-our-general-medium-for-having-a-world/

A glorious photographic tour of "The Chapel: Inside Ireland’s National Print Museum"
(Plus- the first computer bug)

Love the lead: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/09/typography-is-the-craft-of-endowing-human-language-with-a-durable-visual-form/

"The Kings of Suburbia.": one fought for fair housing, while the other refused to integrate his communities
(Plus- Britain's Brutalist)

Focus on fairness: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/08/home-is-the-nicest-word-there-is/

Not moving to dance music is nearly impossible, according to new research
(Plus- Buddy Holly)

Stifle the sway: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/07/be-still-stillness-reveals-the-secrets-of-eternity/

Meet the “menu engineers” helping restaurants retool during the pandemic
(Plus- the first self-service grocery store)

Ask about the specials: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/06/the-golden-rule-when-reading-the-menu-is-if-you-cannot-pronounce-it-you-cannot-afford-it/

For fans of conjuring or design or both: "Magic Papers dives deep into the flamboyant design of magic ephemera"
(Plus- Oswald and Pluto)

Say "abracadabra": https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/05/the-magician-and-the-politician-have-much-in-common-they-both-have-to-draw-our-attention-away-from-what-they-are-really-doing/

"Bullshit Jobs: A Theory" and "Debt: The First 5,000 Years", Occupy Wall Street (and the collective label "the 99%")-- we have much for which to be grateful.
RIP, Davis Graeber


How @ceceliawatson learned to stop worrying and love the semicolon: "My Teachers Said We Weren't Allowed To Use Them"
(Plus- Simenon)

Pause to connect: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/04/i-have-a-great-respect-for-the-semicolon-its-a-very-useful-little-chap/

"The (Literally) Unbelievable Story of the Original Fake News Network": How, in the 1950s, the CIA created the playbook being used in-- and on-- the U.S. today
(Plus- the [New York] Sun)

Watch what went around come around: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/03/truth-was-unimportant-and-entirely-subordinate-to-tactics-and-psychology/

Kool-Aid-- how a powdered mix (and its bulbous mascot) became dominant players in the drinks market: "Thirsty? Oh Yeah!"
(Plus- Mountain Dew, absorbed)

Stir it up: https://roughlydaily.com/2020/09/02/im-not-jesus-christ-but-i-can-turn-water-into-kool-aid/