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

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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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.

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

Forget the knife and take a pill instead?

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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.

By Chris Opfer

Start studying up for the streaming wars, music lovers.

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer

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

By Chris Opfer