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Objects That Matter: Taxidermy
Arsenic was long a preservative in the taxidermic process, despite criticism of the method as unnecessarily dangerous. But at least one contemporary scholar has suggested that metabolized arsenic extended the lives of late 19th-century taxidermists by decades.
Objects That Matter: The Knockoff-Inspired Designer Good
Awareness that a brand is widely counterfeited can make shoppers more willing to pay for the real thing, a 2012 study found.
Objects That Matter: The Bird-Saving Collar
Vigilantes who hunt down feral cats run up against animal-cruelty laws and social norms; one Texas veterinarian sparked outrage after she bragged on Facebook about killing what she thought was a feral tomcat with a bow and arrow.