Off topic: Alligator farm, civil rights and graffiti, struck by lighting, simpleton, programming quiz

A story about California’s alligator farm — and old Hollywood. Remembering civil-rights champions through graffiti-style murals. Deaths from lightning, as told by a woman who looks for gravestone inscriptions of such things. Attention, word nerds: Where does the “ton” in simpleton come from? And not really off topic, Hello World, a guess-the-programming-language quiz.

 

Photo: Lightning flashes near an air traffic control tower under construction at McCarran International Airport on Sept. 9, 2013 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

 
 

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