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Remembering Ariel Sharon

Ariel Sharon, the former Prime Minister of Israel, died today, at the age of eighty-five. In January of 2006, while he was still in office, Sharon suffered a devastating stroke from which he never recovered. A few weeks later, Ari Shavit published “The General,” his Profile of Sharon, in <i>The New</i> …

Racial Prejudice Might Make Black Men Age Faster

Premature aging has been linked to stress before, but a recent study conducted by researchers at the University of Maryland is the first time a corrolation between racism and physical deterioration has been found.<p><i>Photo via Flickr user Bordecia34</i><p><i>Welcome to another edition of This Week in Racism.</i> …

What the Hell Is This Chris Christie Bridge Scandal? An Explainer

Chris Christie is all over your TV and newspaper and internet right now, which is just really unpleasant. What did the governor of New Jersey do and …

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7 Words That Came About from People Getting Them Wrong

People didn't always say "pea" or "newt." These seven words initially started as other words entirely.<p>1. Pea<p>Originally the word was "pease," and it …

Mark Wahlberg’s Kids Like One Direction More Than Him, So He Has A Plan To Show The Boy Band Who’s Boss

Hunkyhunk Marky Mark went on Conan yesterday to appear as celebrity Mark Wahlberg. He talked about his role in the upcoming Transformers movie, but …

'You Have to Know History to Actually Teach It'

An interview with Eric Foner, Pulitzer prize-winning author of The Fiery Trial: Abraham Lincoln and American Slavery.<p>It’s tough for a historian to earn the adoration of both academia and popular culture, but Eric Foner has managed to do it. His books on American history are assigned reading at …

The Downfall of India's Kidney Kingpin

Special Investigation: How a self-taught doctor from Delhi cornered the black market in kidneys, building one of the world’s most lucrative …