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Sir Isaac Newton is frequently cited as one of the smartest and most influential people to walk the face of the earth, and for good reasons: He pioneered the study of light and optics, explained the orbits of planets, discovered the universal law of gravitation, and invented calculus all before he was 26. But much…

Most of us understand that discrimination is a bad thing: if you deliberately act like an ass toward someone just because of their race, gender, or sexuality, you’re officially pond scum. But not everyone who engages in discriminatory practices picks such obvious targets. Sometimes, it turns out that we like to hate on people for…

The rise of social media has spawned an outbreak in inconsistent news reporting. In some cases, celebrities have been given a false death report, which spreads into an Internet hoax. In the past, when people were confused over a death, a premature obituary was often published. In other instances, people were wrongly declared dead after…

We all enjoy pointing fingers at experts when they make mistakes. Popular sites love to publish hack lists of embarrassingly wrong predictions by famous people, complete with snappy image macros and a dump truck full of condescension . It’s understandable: seeing someone successful make obvious errors of judgment helps us feel better about our own bloopers.…

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