Sasha Fleischman—who identifies as agender, neither male nor female—was set on fire by a fellow teenager while riding a city bus home from school. With the flick of a lighter, two families lives were changed forever.
Scientist Tyrone B. Hayes discovered a link between the herbicide atrazine and male frogs developing female body parts. His work led to a bizarre battle with atrazine manufacturer Syngenta, in which the two taunted each other over email:
“When a batch of these emails became public in 2010, Hayes’ supporters and critics alike were stunned. Here was one of the top scientists in his field, provoking one of the world’s largest agrichemical companies with crude sexual innuendos and LL Cool J-inspired raps:
“tyrone b hayes is hard as hell
“battle anybody, i don’t care who you tell
“you object! you will fail!
“mercy for the weak is not for sale
“‘It hasn’t been productive in the debate, and it hasn’t helped him,’ Skelly says. ‘I mean, why do that?'”