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Millions in China Live in Caves

It’d be pretty cool to get a number like this for countries all over the world – including the U.S. and Canada:

“Like many peasants from the outskirts of Yanan, China, Ren Shouhua was born in a cave and lived there until he got a job in the city and moved into a concrete-block house.

His progression made sense as he strove to improve his life. But there’s a twist: The 46-year-old Ren plans to move back to a cave when he retires.”

The Encyclopedia Britannica is History

Encyclopedia Britannica

The print version, anyway:

Its legacy winds back through centuries and across continents, past the birth of America to the waning days of the Enlightenment. It is a record of humanity’s achievements in war and peace, art and science, exploration and discovery. It has been taken to represent the sum of all human knowledge.

And now it’s going out of print.

The Encyclopedia Britannica has announced that after 244 years, dozens of editions and more than 7m sets sold, no new editions will be put to paper. The 32 volumes of the 2010 installment, it turns out, were the last. Future editions will live exclusively online.

March 8: International Women’s Day

From the CBC:

Building on a 101-year-old tradition, International Women’s Day, is being celebrated Thursday under the banner to connect with girls and inspire their futures.

Over one million men and women honoured the day for the first time in 1911 in Austria, Denmark, Germany and Switzerland, marching in rallies vying for women’s right to work, vote and hold public office.

It has since grown into a global day of action recognizing women’s achievements and highlighting barriers that are yet to be broken.

This is a little long as modern attention spans go, but it is a really nice little video: