What Animal Diseases Can Tell Us About Ourselves, And The Origin Of The Word Oops

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In the late 1800s, a horse flu spread quickly across North America. That meant humans had to do the work of horses — pulling carts and trams across cities. How did that event lead to the derivation of the word “oops?” And what can we learn about human behavior from looking at animal diseases? Oregon State University associate professor Raymond Malewitz has an idea.

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