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How the Mason-Dixon Line Unwittingly Became the Divider Between the North and the South

How the Mason-Dixon Line Unwittingly Became the Divider Between the North and the South

The Mason-Dixon Line has ties to slavery, which often overshadows its otherwise fascinating story as one of the most significant surveying achievements in North America.


Author's Note: 10 Weirdest News Stories of 2013

In a year that brought us headlines like the Edward Snowden scandal, the attack on a mall in Kenya, the Boston Marathon bombing and a horrific typhoon in the Philippines, it's nice to remember that there were some news stories worth laughing over.

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  • Armstrong, James. "'I was very, very inebriated': Video shows Rob Ford in apparent rage." Global News. Nov. 7, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://globalnews.ca/news/952684/new-video-surfaces-of-rob-ford-in-apparent-rage/
  • Arnold, Carrie. "New Law of Urination." National Geographic. Oct. 23, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://newswatch.nationalgeographic.com/2013/10/23/new-law-of-urination-mammals-take-21-seconds-to-pee/
  • Associated Press. "Images show woman on Chicago train with alligator." ABC News. Nov. 13, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://abcnews.go.com/Weird/wireStory/images-show-woman-chicago-train-alligator-20874286
  • BBC. "Toronto mayor Rob Ford loses more powers." BBC. Nov. 19, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-us-canada-24990650
  • BBC. "Vatican pulls papal medal which misspelt name of Jesus." BBC. Oct. 11, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-europe-24489512
  • Blodget, Henry. "If you think Twitter's IPO price is silly, you don't get it." Business Insider. Nov. 6, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://www.businessinsider.com/what-is-twitter-worth-2013-11
  • Carrero, Jacquellena. "Acting president Maduro says Hugo Chaves appeared to him as a little bird." NBC. April 3, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://nbclatino.com/2013/04/03/acting-president-maduro-says-hugo-chavez-appeared-to-him-as-a-little-bird/
  • Cawthorne, Andrew. "Venezuelan leader says workers see Chavez apparition at building site." Reuters. Oct. 31, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/31/us-venezuela-maduro-idUSBRE99U0Z420131031
  • Ellison, Jake. "Seattle Police hand out Doritos." Seattle Post-Intelligencer. Aug. 17, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://blog.seattlepi.com/marijuana/2013/08/17/seattle-police-hand-out-doritos-at-hempfest-opening-saturday/
  • Ferro, Shaunacy. "How fast does an elephant pee?" Popular Science. Oct. 18, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://www.popsci.com/article/science/how-fast-does-elephant-pee
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  • Hornby, Catherine. "Vatican withdraws medals that misspelled 'Jesus.' Reuters. Oct. 16, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://uk.reuters.com/article/2013/10/16/oukoe-uk-pope-medals-idUKBRE99A0IJ20131016
  • Kim, Susanna. "Fantex postpones Arian Foster IPO after injury." ABC News. Nov. 13, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/business/2013/11/fantex-postpones-arian-foster-ipo-after-injury/
  • Lattman, Peter and Eder, Steve. "If you like a star athlete, now you can buy a share." The New York Times. Oct. 17, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://dealbook.nytimes.com/2013/10/17/want-a-piece-of-a-star-athlete-now-you-really-can-buy-one/
  • Mikolajczak, Chuck. "Tweeter Home shares explode on apparent Twitter mix-up." Reuters. Oct. 4, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://www.reuters.com/article/2013/10/04/us-tweeterhome-twitter-idUSBRE9930P220131004
  • Mungin, Lateef. "Officials: This woman may know why alligator was found at Chicago's O'Hare." CNN. Nov. 13, 2013. (Dec. 3, 2013) http://www.cnn.com/2013/11/13/us/chicago-alligator-airport/
  • Ohlheiser, Abby. "Rob Ford scandal had its weirdest day yet." The Wire. Nov. 14, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://www.thewire.com/global/2013/11/rob-ford-says-hell-get-help-sue-his-staff-and-stay-mayor/71611/
  • Schaefer, Steve. "Tweeter stock gets new symbol after Twitter mix-up, plunges back to a penny." Forbes. Oct. 8, 2013. (Nov. 20, 2013) http://www.forbes.com/sites/steveschaefer/2013/10/08/after-twitter-driven-pop-tweeter-stock-flops-with-new-ticker-symbol/
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