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10 of the Most Dangerous Circus Acts Performed Today

Thought circus acts couldn't get more daring than fire-breathing? Guess again. Death-defying stunts are all in a day's work for some circus performers.

    • 10 Historical Words That Don't Mean What You Think
      people 10 Historical Words That Don't Mean What You Think

      You may call your cousin a Luddite because he still plays CDs, but the word didn't originally mean someone who's a technophobe. What other historical words do people use incorrectly?

    • Is it possible to change your eye color?
      health Is it possible to change your eye color?

      Think your peepers are passé? Some cutting-edge cosmetic procedures can take your brown eyes to bright blue — with a few inherent risks.

    • 10 Foods for Paying Attention in Class
      health 10 Foods for Paying Attention in Class

      There are times when being attentive in school is a breeze. But there are other times when you need all the help you can get. Here are 10 foods to fire up your brain.

    • Why do children play?
      people Why do children play?

      Whether it's tag, jumping rope or playing with dolls, kids in every part of the world, and in every generation, play. Philosophers and psychologists say they do it for more reasons than just having fun. But the future of play may be in jeopardy.

    • How Misfit Trackers Work
      electronics How Misfit Trackers Work

      Misfit Trackers have garnered lots of plaudits for their sleek design and multiple color options. But how do they stack up on data collection?

    • 10 Unconventional Uses for GPS
      electronics 10 Unconventional Uses for GPS

      You can get a sense of the transformative power of GPS by taking a look at all the offbeat uses people have dreamed up for it — like tracking down lost Nativity scenes and preventing shark attacks.

    • Can eating cold rice kill you?
      health Can eating cold rice kill you?

      Is eating cold Chinese leftovers one of your guilty pleasures? It might sound alarmist, but rice that hasn't been reheated could inflict serious damage on your body.

    • 10 Weird Creatures From the Mariana Trench
      animals 10 Weird Creatures From the Mariana Trench

      The Mariana Trench is the deepest place on Earth, and we're still in the dark about much of the life that calls it home. Here are just a few of the trench's eye-popping residents.

    • Will sleeping with a fan on kill you?
      people Will sleeping with a fan on kill you?

      Every culture has its own unique superstitions, most of which probably seem a little odd to outsiders. In Korea, for example, there’s the fear of death by fan.

    • Can you tell the temperature by timing cricket chirps?
      science Can you tell the temperature by timing cricket chirps?

      The animal kingdom is chock-full of crazy amazing superpowers. Tardigrades can survive in outer space. Crows can solves complex puzzles. But can a cricket really tell you the temperature?

    • BrainStuff: Why does gasoline smell so good?
      shows BrainStuff: Why does gasoline smell so good?

      Some people sense a sweet, euphoric odor when pumping gas into their car. Why is that? And is it hazardous?

    • 10 Most Deceptive PR Campaigns in History
      money 10 Most Deceptive PR Campaigns in History

      Americans didn't always eat bacon for breakfast — it became a staple thanks to a cleverly created public relations campaign in the 1920s. And diamonds for engagement rings? Another clever PR job.

    • What the Stuff?!: 4 Big Questions in the Gun Control Debate
      shows What the Stuff?!: 4 Big Questions in the Gun Control Debate

      Join Ben as he investigates the answers to some important questions in the gun control debate.

    • Is it possible to cry blood?
      health Is it possible to cry blood?

      Poetry is full of references to salty and bitter tears, but there's not much about bloody tears. Besides movie villains who weep blood, is this phenomenon real?

    • Should you wear light-colored clothes in hot weather to stay cool?
      science Should you wear light-colored clothes in hot weather to stay cool?

      Summertime fashion — light in weight and light in color. Are these pastel colors a designer's choice? Or do light colors actually keep you cooler, as some say? Read to find out if you should ditch the goth wardrobe this summer.

    • Travel the World: The Bermuda Triangle
      adventure Travel the World: The Bermuda Triangle

      The Bermuda Triangle isn't formally recognized by the U.S. Board of Geographic Names as a real place, but many people believe that mysterious forces are at work within this triangular patch of ocean. Ships and planes disappear here for seemingly no r

    • Are any superstitions universal across cultures?
      people Are any superstitions universal across cultures?

      Knocking on wood, crossing your fingers, fear of black cats — are some superstitions common around the world, or are they specific to certain cultures?

    • What is cosmological redshift?
      science What is cosmological redshift?

      Cosmological redshift: sounds like the latest blockbuster coming to a theater near you, doesn't it? In reality, it has to do with how light itself travels -- and understanding how it works is essential to advanced space telescope technology.

    • Can your hair turn white overnight?
      science Can your hair turn white overnight?

      Of all the cosmetic problems to worry about waking up to — dark under-eye circles, a blemish on your nose, new stubble on your chin — a headful of white hair ranks pretty low on your list. Should you be more concerned?

    • Was there a real Paul Bunyan?
      history Was there a real Paul Bunyan?

      The story of Paul Bunyan, the giant lumberjack, is one of the most enduring tall tales in North America. Most of us probably assume that the character is an entirely fictional creation, but was he actually based on a real person?

    • Why are horseshoes considered to be lucky?
      people Why are horseshoes considered to be lucky?

      Four-leaf clovers, rabbit's feet, heads-up pennies — all lucky charms for many people. Another common lucky charm? The horseshoe.

    • Did Egyptians really build the Sphinx?
      adventure Did Egyptians really build the Sphinx?

      With a missing nose and weather-beaten body, the Sphinx really shows its age. Or does it? Some archaeologists have evidence that the Sphinx is older than the ancient Egyptians.

    • Mother Lode: The Television Moms Quiz
      entertainment Mother Lode: The Television Moms Quiz

      No matter how much you tended to argue with your own mom, the beloved moms on your favorite TV shows were always there for you with a bit of advice or just a friendly smile.

    • Stuff You Should Know: Did Christopher Columbus worry Earth was flat?
      shows Stuff You Should Know: Did Christopher Columbus worry Earth was flat?

      Whoever told you that old chestnut was a dummy and proves you should question everything. This is also the last Don’t Be Dumb.

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