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February 29, 2020

Happy Leap Year!

The Three Most Interesting History Stories I've Found:

Pompeii is back!  Not that it was ever gone ... hmm, not the best way to describe a city destroyed nearly 2,000 years ago. Still, you can't keep a good tourist site down, especially when the EU is willing to pump $113 million into its restoration.
After six years of work and research, more secrets of Ponpeii have been revealed, restored, reinforced, and reopened. Newly discovered is this skeleton of a decapitated victim of Vesuvius. More pictures of the sites are here (Smithsonian), here (NatGeo), and here (ScienceAlert).

Detectorists gone bad: England is blaming organized crime for the rise of banditry via metal detectors at historical sites. They're calling the miscreants "nighthawkers" because they sneak into places like Old Sarum in Wiltshire (pictured) or the Battlefield of Hastings and start digging for treasure in the dark. The Daily Mail has video and an explanation of how metal detectors work.

In the early 1980s, software engineer Alexey Pajitnov invented a fun little game called pentominoes and it got popular. Yay. But Alexey lived in the Soviet Union, and never thought of making a profit from his game. We know it as Tetris, and it went viral before viral was a thing.
Here are all the details; Alexiey lost out on about $40 million, and others who did nothing to earn it got rich.  There's even a graphic novel about these shenanigans called Tetris: The Games People Play
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