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Since it’s Christmas I thought I’d just share a few Christmas-themed items. The blog will be taking a short break and will return early in 2015. Wishing all our readers all the joys of the festive season.
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A Shakespearean Survival Guide this Christmas
Worried about those awkward Christmas customs this festive season? Fret no longer, the Royal Shakespeare Company has delved into its photo archive to offer up some Shakespearean survival tips.
Here are some terrible Victorian Christmas jokes from The British Newspaper Archive. Worse than anything that falls out of a cracker today (h.t. Mary O’Neill).
Periodic Graphics: Scents of the Season
Chemical educator and Compound Interest blogger Andy Brunning explores the molecular basis of holiday smells.
Merry Christmas in European languages
The map shows how to say (or rather write) the equivalent of “Merry Christmas” in (official) European languages.