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06 July 2015 @ 06:44 pm
Roman underpants; 19th-century scurvy in Manhattan; WWI librarians  
The first two pieces are by Kristina Killgrove, a bioarchaeologist who apparently writes for Forbes; I'm mildly upset that I didn't know about this before:

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/06/19/caesar-undressing-ancient-romans-wore-leather-panties-and-loincloths/

http://www.forbes.com/sites/kristinakillgrove/2015/06/30/children-in-manhattan-got-scurvy-and-rickets-19th-century-skeletons-reveal/

And perhaps this is how the soldiers in Kipling's story "The Janeites" got a hold of their copies of Jane Austen:
http://www.npr.org/sections/npr-history-dept/2015/07/04/418840245/when-americas-librarians-went-to-war