Your Morning Cup of Links

The battle with Scotland that made England a world power 

A History of the Menorah

Thoreau was actually funny as hell

Reading Homer today

Why the legend of Al Capone still fascinates

Why are there dead birds on Victorian Christmas cards?

Christmas chaos in literature

Driving down memory lane in the original minivan

All the best characters in Star Wars are bad guys

How Christmas lights made an Australian street famous

Want fewer stupid people? Promote good reading.

The greatest painting in Paris is not the Mona Lisa

Seven-year-old boy battling leukaemia conducts orchestra

The radio station giving hope to listeners in Syria

The girls who spend Christmas at school to avoid being cut

For the third consecutive year, Illinois has lost more residents than any other state

Why female sex robots are more dangerous than you think

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