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Is PTSD more common among soldiers now than in the past?

Tax Facts

Sweet Teeth

Just how necessary is the dentist?
I get it—no one likes being told what to do and when to do it, and that goes double for having the corners of your mouth yanked open while steely implements scrape and prod. And surely there's no reason dental maintenance should be exempt from cost-benefit analysis.

Zombie Drug

Is scopolamine as scary as its reputation?
Such exotic tales have lent scopolamine a menacing aura and the grabby sobriquet of "the most dangerous drug in the world." But the milligram and a half in that transdermal patch your general practitioner gave you for motion sickness poses no threat of transforming you into a mindless zombie anytime soon.

Before Obama

Were there black presidents before Obama?
Aside from President Obama, have there been any other American presidents who under the one-drop rule would have been considered black?

Altered Genes

Is CRISPR the big deal everyone says it is?
"I’ve seen claims that it could cure cancer and most genetic diseases, maybe even prolong life to infinity and beyond. Is this kooky futurist crap, or maybe something that’ll be too expensive for mass distribution?"

Anti-Semite Martin Luther

Did Martin Luther instigate the Holocaust? Call me a traditionalist, but I figure that accomplishment can stay on Hitler's rap sheet.

Space Case

Back in the '70s, advance reports that Skylab's crew was to be supplied with small rations of wine inspired so much public outrage that NASA instituted a strict ban on in-flight alcohol consumption.


How do they neutralize the nastiest bathroom stench and replace it with a delightful scent almost immediately?

ASD Epidemic

When I was growing up, there seemed to be hardly any autistic kids around; now they're everywhere.


If a nuclear exchange took place one morning while I was at the office, what signs would let me know that something horrible had happened?

Hoofin' It

how did horses manage to evolve and survive without...

Lethal Injection

Why do there seem to be ongoing issues whenever we execute people by lethal injection that we never see when dogs get put to sleep?

Human Devolution

Is it possible that our species has entered a stage of devolution

Fire Escape

I'm disabled, and I wouldn't want someone risking their life carrying me down so many flights.

How to be a Refugee

What's the easiest way to get your money out of the country in advance?

Clowning Around

For months police have been wading through report after report of suspicious characters in white face paint, floppy shoes and the like lurking, peeping and accosting children.


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