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The best representations of “social distancing”

Given the paramount importance of social distancing to impede the spread of the coronavirus — everything from sitting nearly 7 feet apart or shopping 7 feet apart — we’ve collected some of the most compelling illustrations across the web.

The reality is that the longer people don’t comply with social distancing or space/physical distancing, the longer we’re going to have to do it to put an end to this pandemic.

Help flatten the curve — stay at home and stay connected with your friends on social media! Conversely, unplug and read books or spend the extra time on a personal project.

Only go out for groceries, medicine, and other essential items.

There are also memes, of course, because…the internet…

The best representations of “social distancing”
The best representations of “social distancing”
The best representations of “social distancing”
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Why pirates actually wore an eye patch

Eye patch, parrot, and wooden leg, and a limp. Those are the essential ingredients to becoming a pirate.

But did you know that pirates wore an eye patch, not because of a missing eye, but because the patch increased their sight instantly inside low lit areas?

Early technology to avoid temporary blindness

During raids, pirates needed the ability to flip up the eye patch so they could quickly snag a cannonball faster below the deck of the ship.

So one eye was trained to see in daylight, the other in dark. The pirate patch was an early technology to solve the issue of temporary blindness caused by going to a dark room from a brightly lit space.

Why pirates actually wore an eye patch
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Why 02-02-2020 is a special day in numbers

Why 02-02-2020 is a special day in numbers

Today may be Super Bowl Sunday and Groundhog Dog, but it’s also a day that celebrates the rare 8-digit palindrome — 02/02/2020 — the only one this century.

The eight digit palindrome reads the same forward, and backward in both the American and British formats. The last one occurred 909 years ago on 11-11-1111 and the next one won’t happen until 12/02/2121, 101 years from now.

It’s also worth mentioning that it’s also day 33 of this year, with 333 days remaining.

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The calendar from 1895 and 2019 share the same dates

A calendar from 1895

This is neat. The calendar from 1895 and 2019 share the same dates. Mind the prescient quote.

Everything comes in circles…The old wheel turns and the same spoke comes up. It has all been done before and will be again…

Sir Arthur Conan Doyle,The Valley of Fear
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The evolution of the price tag

The history of the price tag goes back to the founding of brick and mortar stores.

Can you imagine having to haggle over everything you bought in a store?

But as businesses got bigger in the 1870s, shopkeepers needed a way to streamline pricing for both sales clerks and customers alike. Two department stores helped pioneer the price tag: Macy’s in New York and Wanamaker’s in Philadelphia.

They adopted the Quaker’s concept of one price on all items, no questions asked. Price tags thus removed the hassle for both stores and the customers.

The price is right, usually

Dynamic pricing still exists though. Whether it’s an Uber surge or last-minute airline tickets to Tahiti, we churn across the internet looking for the best price.

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Margaret Mead’s Sources of Insight

Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist who famously journeyed to American Samoa in 1925 to study adolescent behavior among the nonliterate peoples of Oceania.

Her book Coming of Age of Samoa is the result of her fieldwork.

Mead was also widely known for her progressive views on sex, providing a key spark on what would become the Sexual Revolution in the 1960s.

Below is a comprehensive list of her sources of insight for her social anthropology studies.

Margaret Mead was an American cultural anthropologist who famously journeyed to American Samoa in 1925 to study adolescent behavior among the nonliterate peoples of Oceania.  Her book Coming of Age of Samoa is the result of her fieldwork. #study #culture

Famous Margaret Mead quotes:

Always remember you’re unique. Just like everybody else.

There is no greater insight into the future than recognizing…when we save our children, we save ourselves”

Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed. It is the only thing that ever has.

Children must be taught how to think, not what to think.

Margaret Mead
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Ancient Roman fleeing Mount Vesuvius crushed by flying rock

Imagine fleeing the ash that swept Pompeii during the catastrophic eruption of Mount Vesuvius in 79 A.D., only to crushed by a flying stone.

According to the Telegram, the archeologists also found that the 30-year old merchant was carrying 22 silver and bronze coins in a leather pouch. They also found a house key buried underneath the skeleton.

Naturally, the extraordinary discovery has become a target for jokes, including one individual setting up a GoFundMe account.