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Professional athletes, sports teams, commercial endorsements, and the fanatical crowds that supported those athletes go back thousands of years. Here we see the charioteers of Constantinople (modern day Istanbul) in 443 AD:

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Temperature influences our feelings. A chill in the air can raise our suspicions, and a short dose of heat can bring feelings of trust: http://buff.ly/2lwCrRz
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Make that New Year's resolution stick! How long does it take to form a new habit? You will often hear that it takes 21 days, but the real answer is quite complex:

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When Nathan Handwerker, who immigrated from Galicia in Central-Eastern Europe, opened his legendary hot dog stand -- Nathan's Famous -- in Coney Island, New York in 1916, he had to battle the horrific reputation of meat production that came from Upton Sinclair's 1906 exposé of the industry in his novel The Jungle

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Unaccompanied women were not allowed in restaurants http://buff.ly/2kREA7r #ShePersisted

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@delanceyplace editor Richard Vague interviewed on A Kind Voice Radio

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#Mexico failed in its first attempt to become a democracy and institute land reform. The U.S. was complicit in the failure. The legendary revolutionaries Pancho Villa and Emiliano Zapata were among the victims of the counterrevolution:

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The founding of Islam by Muhammad came at a time when the newfound wealth of Arabs in Mecca had led them to ignore the plight of the poor.

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Today's selection -- from Tudors: The History of England from Henry VIII to Elizabeth I by Peter Ackroyd. One of the most common and recurring themes in history is the protest against foreigners by some significant portion of a given country's native population. Quite often, it has been the rulers or government who have been in favor of immigration, while that same immigration is opposed by that portion of the workers or businesses whose livelihood is impacted. And so it was in the England of King Henry VIII, where the immigrants viewed with suspicion and hatred were from Paris and Florence and Venice and Genoa:

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Napoleon's love letter to his beloved Josephine makes it clear that 1) great generals can be very emotional, and 2) the rest of us are going to have to step up our romantic game, especially as it relates to somehow working the phrase "burning as the equatorial sun" into our repertoire:
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