Author: Marisa Brook • Page 2/4

Marisa Brook collects postcards, magnets, travel pins, and sometimes interesting rocks. She also spent eleven years collecting linguistics degrees, and now helps other people do so.
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The King’s Letters

The 15th-century scholar who upset the Korean aristocracy by creating a native script for the Korean language, and thus wean it off Chinese characters.
Curio:

The (Very Brief) Republic of Rose Island

In the late 1960s, an Italian engineer named Giorgio Rosa oversaw the construction of an artificial platform in the A...
Curio/Podcast:

Vicary-ous

Market researcher James Vicary became well-known for a 1957 study attesting to the efficacy of subliminal advertising...
Curio/Podcast:

Cut It Out

Inés Ramírez Pérez of Rio Talea, Mexico, is known for being one of the only confirmed people to have successfully completed a Caesarian section on herself.
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89, 263, 201, 500, 337, 480

A set of three encrypted notes from the nineteenth century purportedly describe the location of hidden treasure in Virginia.
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Up in the Air

Two families come up with an ambitious and dangerous plan to escape from authoritarian East Germany in the 1970s.
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Welcome to the Jungle

An 18th-century Peruvian woman encounters a staggering amount of bad luck as she attempts to reunite with the husband she hasn't seen in twenty years.
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It Came from Beneath the Sea

A new island appears in the Mediterranean, and nearby countries quarrel over who should control it.
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Otokichi’s Long Trip Home

A 19th-century Japanese boat adrift in the North Pacific ends up in what is now Washington State. For one of the crewmen, that's just the beginning.
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The Science of Mental Fitness

Intensive imagining can have measurable effects on the physical body.
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