Reading List for June 16, 2017

Killdozer Days: The Story of Marvin Heemeyer Snopes looks into the real life basis for the legend of an emergent folk hero who went suicidally berserk on a town that denied his zoning request.

Tall Tales from the Underground Will Preston covers some tunnels beneath Portland, Oregon which may or may not be a tunnel network and which may or may not have served as a holding place where unsuspecting drinkers were kidnapped and forced to serve on sailing vessels in the 19th century.

Searching for Doggerland An article in National Geographic about the mapping and archaeological investigation of a section of Britain the size of the Netherlands, once inhabited by mesolithic humans, but lost to rising sea levels several tens of thousands of years ago.

Europe’s Famed Bog Bodies Are Starting to Reveal Their Secrets Joshua Levine writes about the longstanding tradition of uncovering the preserved remains of murdered Iron Age people in Europe’s bogs, and researchers have long struggled to explain what they are doing there.

How to Fall to Your Death and Live to Tell the Tale Neil Steinberg writes about research into falls and finds it’s not the fall but the landing that gets you.

How to Travel in Time A review of a nonfiction survey of human ideas of time travel.

Cassandra Among the Creeps In a 2014 essay in Harper’s, Rebecca Solnit paints a dismal picture of how male-dominated society views the credibility of women.


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