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This did not really happen. Cows' heads did not emerge from the bodies of people newly inoculated against smallpox. But fear of the vaccine was so widespread that it prompted British satirist James Gillray to create this spoof in 1802. Institute of the History of Medicine, Johns Hopkins University hide caption

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How The Myers-Briggs Personality Test Began In A Mother's Living Room Lab

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Imani Perry, author of Looking for Lorraine: The Radiant and Radical Life of Lorraine Hansberry Sameer A. Khan hide caption

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Lorraine Hansberry: Radiant, Radical — And More Than 'Raisin'

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Javier Cercas Uncovers The Truth Behind Spain's 'Impostor'

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The books on the shortlist for the 2018 Man Booker Prize, from top to bottom: The Long Take, by Robin Robertson; Milkman, by Anna Burns; Washington Black, by Esi Edugyan; Everything Under, by Daisy Johnson; The Mars Room, by Rachel Kushner; and The Overstory, by Richard Powers. Jack Taylor/Getty Images hide caption

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Khaled Hosseini Says A Succinct 'Sea Prayer' For A Refugee's Journey

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Memoirist: Evangelical Purity Movement Sees Women's Bodies As A 'Threat'

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