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If You Think Cilantro Tastes Like Soap, It Might Be In Your Genes

Hating cilantro is hard-wired into your genes, and as many as 14 percent of people have a gene variant that makes them think the herb tastes like …

Science Confirmed What You Already Knew: Being Hangry Is Real

Hanger, the rage you get (and maybe take out on others) when you're actually just hungry, isn't merely a convenient excuse for being a jerk. It makes …

How To Tell If Your Dog Is Stressed

You don't speak dog, so it can be hard to understand when your dog is stressed. There are a few signs you can look out for to know when your pup is …

Why Do Onions Make Us Cry?

Sometimes a strange but simple fact—that onions make you cry, for example—is so accepted that you forget to ever stop and wonder...why? That is, …

You Would Weigh Less Standing At The Equator Than At Either Pole

Though your mass stays consistent no matter where you are, your weight can fluctuate. You'd weigh less standing at the equator than you would at a …

The Nine-Hour Spacewalk (And How It Could Help Us Prepare For Travel To Mars)

The longest spacewalk in history was in 2001 and it lasted eight hours and 56 minutes.<p>What's A Spacewalk, Anyway?<p>A spacewalk is also called an …

How Generative Design Creates From The Top Down

Generative design uses computer algorithms to come up with a variety of designs based on the criteria you need, rather than what the object should …

Could Winter Babies Really Grow Into Happier Adults?

December babies, rejoice! Research has found that people with winter birthdays tend to be less prone to irritability, while people born in the summer …

You Decide If You Trust An Unfamiliar Face After Only 100 Milliseconds

Ever laid eyes on someone for the first time and thought, "she looks nice"? It happens all the time, and yet you've got no actual evidence to go on. …

Blowing Your Nose When You Have A Cold Isn't Helping

You know that gross wad of snotty tissues that piles up when you have a cold? There's no need for it. Turns out, blowing your nose when you have a …

Can You Solve The Lazy Worker Logic Puzzle?

To solve Math Meeting's lazy worker logic puzzle, you have to have some knowledge of fractions. Hope you paid attention in algebra 1!<p>The Puzzle<p>There …

Need A Favor? Skip Email, Ask IRL

Think twice before you send that email asking your colleague for a favor. Making the request in person has a whopping 70 percent success rate.<p>Quick! …

Luck Is Predictable, Which Means You Can Make Yourself Luckier

Are you lucky or unlucky? It's not the universe or random chance that makes you that way—it's your own thoughts and behaviors.<p>How We Know<p>English …

Facial Recognition Technology: A Blessing or a Curse?

Ever wonder how your photo app can guess who's in your pictures from Saturday night? It's relying on faceprints, the unique feature that technology …

Do You Know The Origins Of Your Winter Holiday Traditions?

Why do we put ornaments on a Christmas tree? And why do we even have a tree in the first place? The Christmas traditions that you know and love today …

The Tetris Effect Is When Things You Focus On Appear In Your Dreams

Just like having sea legs after a long boat ride or getting a song stuck in your head after listening to it on repeat, if you play Tetris for days on …

Reindeer Are Real. Here's How They Became Associated With Christmas

Reindeer are real animals (they're related to deer, elk and moose), but they only became synonymous with the holiday season after two Christmas poems …

3D Printers Can Help Blind Children Learn To Read

3D printers can help visually impaired students not only learn to read, but learn to write and read maps as well.<p>Why It's Important<p>Ever hear your kid …

Mistletoe Is A Poisonous Parasite...Of Love?

The pretty green sprig of mistletoe you stand beneath to kiss your sweetie is actually a poisonous parasite that survives by sucking the life essence …

How Does Santa Reach Every Kid On Christmas Eve? With A Little Help From Einstein

To visit every child on Christmas (which he absolutely does, right?) Santa has to travel at six million miles per hour. That's 700 million children …

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The Legend Behind The Hanukkah Dreidel

The game of dreidel, played most often around Hanukkah, was invented as a way for Jewish children to hide that they were studying the Torah during a …

The Stegosaurus Was An Ancient Relic To The T. Rex

Humans and the Tyrannosaurus rex are closer on the world's timeline than the T. rex and Stegosaurus. Weird, right?<p>Why It Matters<p>It's a common error …

Jury Nullification Is The Rule The Court Won't Tell You

There's a loophole in judicial laws that allows a jury to declare a defendant not guilty to protest the law, even when they believe the person is …

You Don't Lose The Most Heat Through Your Head

Here's a seasonal myth that belongs with "cold weather gives you colds" (it doesn't) and "you can't sunburn on a cloudy day" (you certainly can): You …

What Actually Happened To Van Gogh's Left Ear?

The idea that Vincent Van Gogh chopped off his own ear may not be true. New research suggests fellow painter Paul Gauguin may have severed it in a …

What Do Dogs Dream About?

Ever notice your dog twitching or quietly barking in his sleep? It's not that different from what happens when you're getting your nightly snooze. …

Unlocked Cell Phones May Be More Eco-Friendly

Because using an unlocked phone keeps you from having to buy a new phone every two years, you're less likely to toss it out and contribute to the …

The Burning Rope Logic Puzzle

Ready for a head-scratcher? The burning rope problem is a logic puzzle that doesn't require math, or pen and paper. It's a fun one to try out with …

A Subtle Suggestion May Be More Powerful Than Direct Instruction

Indirectly suggesting that someone should do something may be more effective than flat-out telling them what to do. This idea is called the Nudge …