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Nix the Handshake and the Cheek Kiss

5 Mar 2020

The custom of double kissing on the cheek as a form of greeting has always bugged me. Microbugged me. Do we really need to punctuate an encounter by exchanging oral microbes? What’s wrong with a...

The Word "Quarantine" Comes from the Italian Word "Forty Days"

6 Feb 2020

The term derives from “quaranta giorni,” meaning 40 days, and traces back to the 14th century when the city of Dubrovnik, now in Croatia, was under Venetian rule. The Great Pestilence, or the Great...

Nonsense About the Coronavirus Goes Viral

31 Jan 2020

It started with a video of a woman, supposedly in Wuhan, eating a bat. The inference, with racist overtones, is that the Chinese habit of consuming strange foods has now put the population of the...

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