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Backstabbing, Social Climbing, and Tech… Or The History Of Fingernails

For this week’s Make:<<Rewind, we found this fascinating talk by Tanya Fish about the history of fingernails. Have you ever considered the social significance of fingernails? Can you imagine that people have died because of how they decorated their fingers?

Follow along as Tanya connects the dots all the way up to modern day wearable wonders.


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