In 1686, a surgeon was called to remove an anal fistula from Louis XIV of France — something he most likely did with a modified barber's razor, as surgeons of the time belonged to the same profession as barbers and wigmakers, says New Scientist's CultureLab.

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The Associated Press reports that the US government wasted $341,000 on travel by former Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price.

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