"Better Off Castrated?" asks the impossible-to-resist headline from The New York Times Idea of the Day blog. The author, Tom Kuntz, highlights a Failure magazine article in which Jason Zasky refutes the belief that 16th- and 17th-century castrati--men castrated before puberty to retain high voices--were purely victims. Some of these singing superstars, in fact, may even have been better off.
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