today I learned: the difference between a “gift” and a “present” is that a present must be presented. also, there’s a place in mongolia that was declared sacred by genghis gkan. the only people allowed to enter were the mongol royal family and a tribe of elite warriors, and the darkhat, whose job it was to guard it. punishment for entering was death. they carried out their task for 697 years, until 1924. next, when the mona lisa was stolen in 1911, pablo picasso was a suspect. finally, during the prohibition, the US government poisoned alcohol, killing as many as 10,000 people (boxing-day add-on: they still poison the ethanol you use to power your car, spiking it with gasoline so people can’t get booze for so cheap. woah.)


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