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The Best Stuff We've Read This Week

Relax, you've got some good stuff to read. Enjoy!

I'd say the thing I liked best about the Wall Street Journal article this post is based on is that it satisfactorily explained why people were keeping the scabs at all. The Journal article concerns the recent arrival of CDC officials at the Virginia Historical Society's exhibit "Bizarre Bits," and the removal of an item on display, a smallpox scab that was discovered in the Society's archives pinned to a letter sent from a man to his father in 1876.