David Cameron and Michael Bloomberg eat hot dogs on July 20, 2010. (Shannon Stapleton / Reuters)
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“You saw your neighbor consume something, you saw that he didn’t die, so you decided that would be a pretty good thing to eat too. Then as society became more complex, you start to have prestige models of, well, not only did he like that food, he's the most important person in the village, so of course I should really check it out,” Tom Vanderbilt, who studies taste.

“Sometimes women abort for reasons we wouldn’t like—‘we’ being whoever the woman isn’t,” Carol Sanger, a law professor.

“In this day and age, we can’t cloister ’em like 1802 in West Point. And that didn’t work out that well anyway. I’m a military commander, but it’s college,” Michelle Johnson, superintendent of the U.S. Air Force Academy, on why the school now allows students to date.

(Previous quotes from our sources here)