While fireworks only last a short time here on Earth, a bundle of cosmic sparklers in a nearby cluster of stars will be going off for a very long time. 7 more words
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In Boston in 1634 Edward Palmer, a carpenter, was commissioned to construct the city’s first public stocks, when he finished he submitted his bill. The city elders who had commissioned the project felt that Palmer’s bill was extortionate, so they fined him 5 times what he’d charged and ordered him to spend an hour as the first victim of his own stocks.