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The Future of Bionic Limbs Is Amazing, but Don’t Expect to Become Superhuman Any Time Soon

Humans have been sporting prosthetic limbs for thousands of years. Archaeologists once found a wooden toe — designed to work with sandals — secured to…

How ‘Illegal Alien’ Became an American Lightning Rod

On March 26, 1790, President George Washington signed the Naturalization Act into law. It was the first time that the word “alien” ever appeared in…

A Cultural History of the Plumber’s Crack

A comedy staple like slipping on a banana peel or getting a pie in the face, the old plumber’s crack image is something that seems…

If You Chose Your College Major for a Silly Reason, You’re Not Alone

Choices! Everyone makes them. And we’ve all made bad ones. But few of our silly choices have such reverberant effects as the choice of what…