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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Oct. 1 2007 6:19 PMStrangled by Handcuffs?Carol Gotbaum, and the dangers of contortionism.
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Sept. 24 2007 6:57 PMHow Many Burmese Monks Are There?At least 10,000 of them demonstrated over the weekend …
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Sept. 17 2007 6:53 PMIs O.J. Memorabilia Still Valuable?It's not what it used to be.
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Sept. 10 2007 6:53 PMMuslim Beards 101Are Muslims allowed to dye their facial hair?
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Sept. 5 2007 7:04 PMHow Does a Plane Disappear?Was Steve Fossett's plane being tracked by radar?
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Aug. 27 2007 6:35 PMAre Ancient Ruins Flammable?What happens when there's a wildfire in Greece.
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Aug. 21 2007 12:12 PMWhy Don't Miners Carry GPS?Isn't there some way of tracking people underground?
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Aug. 13 2007 6:52 PMGet Your Foam OnHow hard is it to keep insulation from falling off the space shuttle?
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Aug. 6 2007 7:06 PMHow To Stay 30 Feet Away From KidsBecome a hermit or face jail.
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July 30 2007 7:19 PMNews Chopper DownWho's responsible for the deaths of the journalists covering that car chase in Phoenix?
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July 23 2007 6:37 PMTammy Faye Messner, Gay IconWhat does she have in common with Miss Piggy, Princess Di, and Madonna?
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July 19 2007 7:15 PMHow Much Asbestos Is Too Much?Lots of fibers, for years and years.
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July 12 2007 6:43 PMI Was Gored by a BullIs my life in danger?
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July 10 2007 11:56 AMKaraoke 24/7The intoxicating appeal of singing online.
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Oct. 4 2007 6:52 PMA Sex Toy a Day Keeps the Doctor Away?The medical uses of dildos and vibrators.
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Sept. 25 2007 6:44 PMWho Cares About the Weak Dollar?What currency devaluation means for the average Joe.
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Sept. 21 2007 12:43 PMShould Kids See Their Parents Naked?The supposed dangers of familial nudity.
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Sept. 13 2007 6:35 PMHow To Make More BabiesWhat can governments do to make fertility rates go up?
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Sept. 6 2007 6:57 PMWas Pavarotti Still a Good Singer?At what age does a tenor reach his peak?
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Aug. 30 2007 6:41 PMThe $12 Million MalteseCan Leona Helmsley's heirs contest her will?
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Aug. 23 2007 6:30 PMAre Reality-TV Actors Professional?Do the contestants on a show like Survivor count as working actors?
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Aug. 16 2007 6:46 PMHow Do You Inject Money Into the Economy?With an auction.
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Aug. 9 2007 6:03 PMWhy Isn't Brooklyn Tornado Alley?Twister geography, explained.
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Aug. 2 2007 6:29 PMIs This Bridge Structurally Sound?How to know if a bridge is about to fall down.
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July 26 2007 8:28 PMGo Home, Tom Cruise!Why does Germany hate Scientologists?
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July 20 2007 5:46 PMMichael Vick's "Rape Stand"And other equipment used in dogfights.
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July 16 2007 6:43 PMInsurance for Sex AbuseA policy tailor-made for the Catholic Church.
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July 10 2007 5:04 PMReporting on YourselfHow does the Wall Street Journal cover stories about the Wall Street Journal?
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July 5 2007 6:59 PMCan Scooter Get a Refund?A presidential pardon might not save Libby his $250,000 fine.

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