Chris Opfer

Chris Opfer has written about everything from genetically-modified rats on the Galapagos Islands to Middle Eastern barbers who use homemade flame throwers to cut hair. His work has also appeared in The Atlantic, The Village Voice, New York Magazine, Pacific Standard and American Way, among other publications. Chris is a graduate of James Madison University and currently based in New York City.

Recent Contributions

Dark Tourism: 6 Spots That Draw the Morbidly Curious

These destinations are definitely for folks drawn to the dark side of life.

Are Bug Zappers Bad News?

Not only do bug zappers mostly kill beneficial insects, they also can serve you up a side of bacteria with your burger.

The Mysterious Disappearance of Ambrose Bierce

Literary heavyweight Ambrose Bierce mysteriously disappeared in 1914 leaving behind a trail of myths and legends, but little evidence as to his fate.

How Punk Works

There's a fascinating story behind how punk, both the music and the cultural movement, spanned the globe, becoming way more than just a sound and a mohawk.

The Electric Guitar Made for Women Rockers

St. Vincent, one of indie rock's female pioneers, helped design a guitar that some say is a perfect female fit.

Marijuana Edibles: Not Such a Treat

A new study offers some insight into the possible health effects of edible marijuana.

Henry Ford vs. the Dodge Brothers: An All-American Feud

John and Horace Dodge were early investors in the Ford Motor Company, but the relationship quickly devolved into the feud of a lifetime.

Scientists Call for a Global Germ Bank

Researchers are calling for a new "Noah's Ark" to store microbes that might one day be valuable.

DNA Evidence Uncovers Two Forgotten North American Migrations

North Americans have been moving south for tens of thousands of years.

5 Things You Didn’t Know About Donating Your Brain to Science

Listed as an organ donor on your driver's license? That designation does not include your brain.

Vampire Facials May Be Bloody Bad for You

The latest, and dare we say weirdest, spa treatment is reportedly causing health problems.

Bullying More Likely in Less Crowded U.S. States

Louisiana has the dubious honor of being the U.S. state with the biggest bullying problem.

Porting Out: It's Phone Fraud 101

Thieves get their hands on your ID or passwords, then contact your mobile carrier and transfer your credentials to a new device.

The Moon Is Causing Longer Days on Earth

The days are getting longer, but don't worry about changing your clocks.

Google Goes Incognito With Vanishing Gmail

Google Confidential Mode allows users to set a detonation date that makes sent emails disappear.

Who Owns the $17 Billion San Jose Loot?

When a shipwreck is found, who gets the loot? The case of the San Jose has got interested parties battling and legal scholars scratching their heads.

5 Differences Between Spotify and Apple Music

Start studying up for the streaming wars, music lovers.

Hold the Gluten? Here’s Why That May Not Be a Good Idea

New research shows going gluten free may not be all it's cracked up to be.

Who Are the Emoji Deciders?

It turns out that keeping the official list of emojis is some serious...stuff...