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The headlines began in 2014: Formerly healthy children contracted what seemed to be a minor upper respiratory infection and were suddenly paralyzed — sometimes one limb, sometimes multiple limbs, sometimes permanently.

Parents and experts wondered if it could be a brand-new virus, West Nile disease, or even a mutated version of polio, which hadn’t been seen in the U.S. since the late 1970s.

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[DIGEST: IFL Science!, Daily Mail, Discover Magazine, HowStuffWorks]

For any child — or adult — who’s ever wanted to “dig a hole all the way to China,” we have some bad news.

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[DIGEST: BBC, Forbes, Mirror, LA Times, Psychology Today]

It’s a familiar sight all over the world: Families at home together, but everyone engrossed in their cell phones instead of interacting.

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Just a couple of cool guys, rocking their pink shoes…

Originally published on TMPinSYR.

Over the last 2 1/2 years, I’ve written about my youngest son, the Goon, and his perspective on the world. His preferences and choices tend to challenge some gender roles. As his father, there have been moments that were heartbreaking along the way.

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