Everyone (even me) in the grouping seemed to know that...
- Abraham Lincoln was a political outsider (thanks to Doris Kearns Goodwin's Team of Rivals), but we didn't know that his name was not even on the ballot in southern states;*
- Imitation pork is usually made out of sietan;
- Students in many other countries are placed on different educational or vocational tracks at a certain age, but we lack specifics on how placement is determined (Eurydice and EuroEducation provide profiles of European educational structures, and if you can read other languages, UNESCO profiles educational system structures around the world.); and that
- Cecil's still makes the Best. Reubens. Ever.
And finally, "how is *the merger* going?" All I can say is it's huge. It's a huge thing that will take a lot of time.
*Whenever I get disgusted with the division within the Democratic Party, I just try to remember that the Democrats actually split into northern and southern wings at one point in our history, and that we aren't there now.