Michelle Tsai

Michelle Tsai is a Beijing-based writer working on a book about Chinatowns on six continents. She blogs at ChinatownStories.com.

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Jan. 24 2008 6:56 PMDid Heath Ledger Dream Before He Died?What happens when you overdose on sleeping pills.
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Jan. 18 2008 6:27 PMDo Pilots Practice Crash Landings?And other questions about the accident on British Airways.
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Jan. 11 2008 3:56 PMWhy the Mafia Loves GarbageHauling trash and organized crime.
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Jan. 3 2008 6:44 PMIs $100 Oil a Big Deal?Why would it be so much worse than $99?
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Dec. 20 2007 6:46 PMTake the Money and Run?Can presidential candidates receive a salary?
Mormon Explainer
Dec. 13 2007 6:38 PMDid Huckabee Study Mormons in School?What a Southern Baptist pastor learns in seminary.
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Dec. 6 2007 6:53 PMCastration AnxietyCan a sex offender still have sex after surgery?
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Dec. 3 2007 6:09 PMWhen Can Muslims Use the Name Mohammed?Plus, why don't English speakers name their children Jesus?
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Nov. 26 2007 7:01 PMNegotiating on the Night ShiftWhy are labor contracts worked out on nights and weekends?
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Nov. 19 2007 6:27 PMCan Steroids Enlarge Your Head?What a change in hat size might mean for Barry Bonds.
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Nov. 12 2007 7:19 PMWhy Is Cloning Humans So Hard?Are we really that different from sheep or cows or pigs?
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Nov. 5 2007 6:58 PMLawyers Against MusharrafWhy are attorneys taking to the streets in Pakistan?
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Oct. 31 2007 4:43 PMChecking on SweatshopsHow does the Gap know if its clothes are made by child laborers?
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Oct. 22 2007 6:59 PMHow To Fight MonkeysWhat should you do if you're surrounded by angry macaques?
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Oct. 18 2007 6:50 PMWhy Is Moonshine Against the Law?You can make your own wine and beer, can't you?
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Jan. 22 2008 6:39 PMWill the Interest Rate Cut Affect Me?Average consumers might notice it, if they have a lot of debt.
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Jan. 16 2008 6:42 PMBut I Don't Want a Rectal Exam!Can a doctor force you to undergo a procedure against your will?
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Jan. 9 2008 7:15 PMDividing Up DelegatesWhy did Obama get as many as Clinton in New Hampshire, when he finished in second place?
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Dec. 31 2007 5:51 PMMidnight's BabiesCan you have the first newborn of the year on purpose?
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Dec. 17 2007 6:48 PM9/11, 3/11, 12/11What's with all the terrorist attacks on the 11th?
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Dec. 10 2007 6:54 PMBand-Aids for Oil TankersHow do you plug a hole in the side of a ship?
Recycled
Dec. 6 2007 1:55 PMFight or Flight in OmahaWhat should you do when confronted with a gun-wielding madman?
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Nov. 27 2007 6:31 PMUn-Cheney HeartIsn't it time for the vice president to get a heart transplant?
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Nov. 21 2007 4:38 PMWherefore Turkey?How poultry made its way onto the holiday menu.
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Nov. 16 2007 12:41 PMKeeping Track of Genital HerpesWhy are the Centers for Disease Control ignoring such a common STD?
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Nov. 8 2007 6:28 PMPacking Heat in HelsinkiWhy do Finns own so many guns?
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Nov. 1 2007 7:02 PM40,000 Years in Spanish Prison?The Madrid bomber sentences, explained.
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Oct. 25 2007 8:13 PMThe 500-Meter WheezeWill air pollution affect the athletes at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing?
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Oct. 19 2007 3:01 PMHow Tall Is Mont Blanc?Together, we can measure mountains.
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Oct. 11 2007 6:46 PMThree Bullets to the Head?How a gunman in Wisconsin managed to shoot himself over and over again.

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