You should read this for 3/22/2020:
Art and Film
From the movie’s writers to the people who were in the room with Reagan when he watched it, here’s why you can thank Matthew Broderick for the lack of accidental nuclear wars
Books, Libraries, Writing, and Language
The Coronavirus | COVID-19
If Britain and the United States pursued more-ambitious measures to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus, to slow but not necessarily stop the epidemic over the coming few months, they could reduce mortality by half, to 260,000 people in the United Kingdom and 1.1 million in the United States.
Inspired by the Times’s visuals, we took those data and made regionalized curves showing the percentage of capacity in any hospital system that would be required under different infection scenarios, including the number of people infected and the length of time over which those infections will occur.
Officials are stepping up their warnings to younger Americans about the coronavirus, because they can more easily spread the virus without having symptoms and now because new evidence shows the potential for some younger people to suffer severely from it.
Checkology Can your students tell the difference between fact and fiction? This is a free online curriculum for schools and home schoolers.
Food and Drink
Lemon Chicken with Pasta, Olives, and Herbs Chicken breasts, yogurt, olives, lemon, red onion, chicken stock, fresh parsley, fresh cilantro and dried smaller sized pasta from the pantry.
Can Birch Syrup Pick Up Steam? “A western Maine tapper is all in on maple syrup’s lesser-known cousin.”
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History and Archaeology
In the fields between the Derbyshire villages of Eyam and Stoney Middleton sits a gritstone boulder known as the “boundary stone”.
During the bubonic plague outbreak of 1665-6, the inhabitants of Eyam quarantined themselves, in a famous act of self-sacrifice, to prevent the spread of the plague. Villagers would come to place money in six holes drilled into the top of the boundary stone to pay for food and medicine left by their anxious neighbours.
See this really well-done BBC piece about Eyam: Eyam Plague: The Village Of The Damned
US museum Dead Sea Scroll collection found to be fakes “After six months of analysis, experts released a 200-page report detailing how the fragments were forged – likely made from old shoe leather.” The collection belongs to Stephen Green, the homophobic hate-mongering owner of Hobby Lobby.
In 2017, Mr Green’s company the Hobby Lobby paid a $3m fine (£2.3m) and returned thousands of items after the US Department of Justice accused it of smuggling artifacts from Iraq.
Science and Nature
💩🔥💰 Trumpery 💩🔥💰 Liar, Liar Pants on Fire
Stephen Colbert criticizes Trump’s coronavirus ‘strategy’ from his home fire pit Yep; he called it 💩🔥💰 is gaslighting.
Pay It Forward and Make It Better
Via MIT: Thank You to These Community Members
During an extraordinary time for MIT, our nation, and the world, the following MIT community members have been recognized for going the extra mile to keep our community functioning and safe. Thank someone today.
Endless, one of the higher end notebook companies, has a free downloable “toolkit” to use in playing very basic, traditional games that require paper and pencil.
You likely already know these games from your own childhood if you pre-date the Internet, but for those who don’t, the link below has instructions for tic-tac-toe, hangman, and squares in the form of a printable .pdf you use as a guide sheet behind a sheet of paper or notebook page. This is very basic, but I thought it might be useful for those entertaining kids. This is their Toolkit page. Scroll down for the Paper Games Toolkit.
Via Twitter: Banjo balm Steve Martin on his Banjo
H/T Kira Cee — YouTube Video: Cats and Dominoes