French village Pince to hand out chickens to cut waste from the BBC. “Officials in the village of Pince in north-western France say the chickens should each consume 150kg (330lb) of rubbish per year.” This is certainly true in my house! We almost never throw food away; it all goes to the yard birds.

 Sin and Repentance: When General Grant Expelled the Jews from the New Republic. I’ll admit this is a chapter of American history I knew nothing about. Fascinating.