March 28, 2020 (Yes, TriWeekly has become a very elastic term these days ...)
The Three Most Interesting History Stories I've Found:
The bones of 60 mammoths were used to build a 40-foot wide structure on the Russian Steppes, around 25,000 years ago. That's the Ice Age! Why such a big building was needed and what it was used for is a mystery.
There was probably no roof over the massive enclosure. Other paleolithic sites dot the general area, but nothing on this scale has been found ... anywhere.
I first read about Thalidomide babies in the early 1960s, in a Life or Look Magazine at the eye doctor's office. Maybe I was 9. Here's a concise, interesting history of the drug, and a profile of the FDA researcher who blocked its marketing in the US - she saved thousands from its effects. The New York TImes reports on the thalidomide babies today, and a new book tells their personal stories, reminding us of what can happen when miracle drugs get passed out without trials or testing.