1. The countries of the world in their own names and scripts--plus days, months, planets, and a wonderbox assortment of other proper nouns.
2. The Xerces Society
has a whole section on their website about conserving bumblebees
3. A Typgraphical Glossary
--I now know the term for a written language that does not use vowels is an abjad, and that's only the first entry
4. Nineteenth-century German marzipan makers.
(I love this photograph with a love that is pure and true and not smirking even a little bit at the mustaches.)
5. I was looking up Richard Trevithick
for reasons which I swear to god are totally research related, and learned that in Cornish mines, his technological children were called puffer whims. ...You're welcome.Lagniappe: Wooden churches from northern Russia.