Maggots: Good For Healing Wounds, Turns Out

Cultures around the world over the years have been inspired by, then repulsed, then inspired by maggots' ability to heal persistent wounds. We are in an inspired-by phase right now.

How Amputation Works

Amputation is one of the oldest surgeries and an even older punishment for crime, but it wasn't until the American Civil War and its 50,000 amputations that the procedure began to hit its stride. Learn about amputation and who it attracts in this episode.

How Flesh-eating Bacteria Work

Possibly the most horrifically-named disease anyone could contract, flesh-eating bacteria can lead quickly lead to amputations and death. Learn about how this disease works and how to prevent it in this episode with Chuck and Josh.

I've been batted about like a helpless plaything by my (about to be former in the next 30 minutes) bank over the past few weeks, and so I'm acutely aware of the detached, automaton-type nefariousness that a financial institutions are capable of. As bad as I've had it, I'm no double amputee. Which means that when I've been asked to provide a ink thumb print on some document, I envision George Orwell rolling over in the dirt, but I am capable of providing it. Not so with a guy from Florida named Steve Valdez. Unlike me, Valdez does not have either of his arms, which makes it difficult to produce a thumb print. When Valdez went to a Bank of America branch in Tampa to cash a check from his wife's account, he gave the teller two pieces of ID. When it came time for the thumbprint round, the teller had to speak to her manager. Valdez was told to cash the check he would either have to open an account or bring his wife to the bank, reports Reuters.