Though not officially recognized as a disease, Morgellons is a condition associated with a range of cutaneous symptoms, including crawling, biting, and stinging sensations, persistent skin lesions, and the presence of fibers on or under the skin. Most health professionals consider Morgellons a manifestation of other known medical conditions, including delusional parasitosis, a form of psychosis in which sufferers believe they are infested with parasites. What is known about the unusual fibers?
Back in the day
USA Today was founded in 1982 with the goal of providing an alternative to relatively colorless, copy-oriented publications like The New York Times. The paper, known for synthesizing news down to easy-to-read-and-comprehend stories, is colorful and bold, with many large diagrams, charts, and photographs. USA Today boasts the second widest circulation of any English-language broadsheet, behind what publication?
Born on a day like today
Marco Polo was a Venetian trader and explorer who, together with his father NiccolÃ² and his uncle Maffeo, was one of the first Westerners to travel the Silk Road to China and visit with Genghis Khan's grandson, Kublai Khan. Polo helped generate extraordinary interest in the Far East among Europeans, and his book, Il Milione, was an instant hit at a time when books had to be painstakingly copied by hand. What famous explorer carried a heavily annotated copy of Polo's book?