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10 Scientific Words You're Probably Using Wrong

If you have a theory that potato chips are making you fat (with the proof being your expanding waistline), you've just used two scientific terms in a very unscientific way.

    • 10 Fun Careers in Medicine
      money 10 Fun Careers in Medicine

      The medical field isn't all doctors and nurses. There's a wide range of occupations focused on health, and some of them need the talents of musicians and artists.

    • 10 False History Facts Everyone Knows
      history 10 False History Facts Everyone Knows

      If you think Newton discovered gravity when an apple fell on his head or Napoleon was extremely short, you may need a history refresher. These 10 “facts” are really fiction.

    • What if I never took a bath?
      health What if I never took a bath?

      Your initial reaction to the thought of no more baths may be "gross!" But there also could be more serious ramifications than an unpleasant layer of grime.

    • How Food Tasters Work
      recipes How Food Tasters Work

      If you'd love to eat ice cream all day, maybe you can put that desire to work as a food taster. Or maybe not. The job requires more than a love of eating, and could involve sampling dog food.

    • 10 Common Sayings You're Probably Saying Wrong
      people 10 Common Sayings You're Probably Saying Wrong

      Maybe you could care less about grammar. After all, it's a doggy-dog world, and you're OK as long as people know what you mean, right?

    • 10 Evil Robots Bent on Destroying Humanity
      science 10 Evil Robots Bent on Destroying Humanity

      "Hahaha ... we've come to destroy your world!" Or so it must read in the chapter of the "Evil Robot Handbook" on what to say when you first encounter humans. Here are 10 robots you really don't want to mess with.

    • What if there were no gravity on Earth?
      science What if there were no gravity on Earth?

      Have you ever wondered what would happen if we were able to flip a switch and turn the Earth's gravity off for a day? The end result may surprise you.

    • What are the white dots on my nails?
      health What are the white dots on my nails?

      You notice a white dot on your fingernail. You try to scrub it off and realize the little white dots are not paint; they're actually part of your nail. What could they be?

    • What are the 10 most prevalent forms of torture and why?
      science What are the 10 most prevalent forms of torture and why?

      Somewhere in the world, a prisoner likely is enduring torture right now. Human rights organizations have made it their mission to report these crimes against men, women and children. Here are 10 of the most common ways torture is perpetuated in modern society.

    • 10 Far-out Charismatic Leaders (and the Trouble They Caused)
      people 10 Far-out Charismatic Leaders (and the Trouble They Caused)

      Throughout history, charismatic leaders have emerged and changed the world -- for better or for worse.

    • 5 Parasites that Breed On and In Your Skin
      health 5 Parasites that Breed On and In Your Skin

      Parasites -- life forms that feed from others -- are creepy to begin with. But some of them use your skin as a place to raise their families. What types of critters are we talking about, and how do we avoid them?

    • 10 of the Worst Decisions Ever Made
      history 10 of the Worst Decisions Ever Made

      Everyone makes mistakes, but some lapses in judgment are spectacularly bad. What are some of history's most epic miscalculations?

    • 10 Overrated Life Decisions
      money 10 Overrated Life Decisions

      Oh life, full of things you're supposed to do, like go to college, get married, have kids, buy a house. But most everyone who's done these things can find some downsides. Which decisions are most overrated and why?

    • Top 5 Infections You Can Pick Up at the Nail Salon
      health Top 5 Infections You Can Pick Up at the Nail Salon

      While the majority of nail salon visits won't send you on your way with anything other than an excellent manicure and pedicure, customers -- and salon workers -- are at risk of spreading disease. We've got five culprits to watch out for.

    • Stuff to Blow Your Mind: Why do we want to eat baby feet?
      shows Stuff to Blow Your Mind: Why do we want to eat baby feet?

      Why do we feel a weird craving to cannibalize baby feet, gobble down puppies and sink our teeth into anything cute? Science has an answer.

    • Stuff to Blow Your Mind: It's a Leech-Eat-Worm World
      shows Stuff to Blow Your Mind: It's a Leech-Eat-Worm World

      Watch in horror as a giant red leech gobbles down an earthworm whole. What are we to make of this? How can we process it? Why, with a comforting dose of science of course...

    • 10 Dangerous Everyday Things in Your Home
      home 10 Dangerous Everyday Things in Your Home

      Think your home is a safe haven? Think again. With all the hazardous chemicals people use in their homes, it may be more polluted indoors than outdoors.

    • 10 Futurist Predictions in the World of Technology
      electronics 10 Futurist Predictions in the World of Technology

      Futurists can dish out some exciting -- and downright scary -- visions for the future of machines and science. Here are 10 of them in the realm of technology.

    • BrainStuff: How You Can Survive Quicksand
      shows BrainStuff: How You Can Survive Quicksand

      Quicksand is really just sand, clay and water, but how do you save yourself from a sinking nightmare?

    • 10 ‘Healthy’ Things That Aren't
      science 10 ‘Healthy’ Things That Aren't

      If you're like us, you hit the grocery store with good intentions: reasonably healthy foods (that you'll still want to eat). But thanks to everything from marketing to plain old misconceptions, what we think is healthy often isn't.

    • 10 Child Stars Who Grew Up Just Fine
      entertainment 10 Child Stars Who Grew Up Just Fine

      The rises and epic falls of Hollywood kids have been selling tabloids for decades. But not all kids who work as actors flare out -- some go on to lead adult lives sans scandal.

    • 10 of the Worst Decisions Ever Made
      history 10 of the Worst Decisions Ever Made

      Everyone makes mistakes, but some lapses in judgment are spectacularly bad. What are some of history's most epic miscalculations?

    • 10 Real Animals That Seem Make-believe
      animals 10 Real Animals That Seem Make-believe

      The natural world boasts an incredible diversity of animals, some of which are so colorful and bizarre that they seem made-up. Meet 10 very creative creatures.

    • Top 10 Everyday Car Technologies That Came From Racing
      auto Top 10 Everyday Car Technologies That Came From Racing

      Most race fans dream of slipping behind the wheel of a purebred race car. As it turns out, your own car already has several features that were originally designed for racing. So what are they?

    • Top 10 'Star Trek' Technologies That Actually Came True
      electronics Top 10 'Star Trek' Technologies That Actually Came True

      The characters in "Star Trek" get to wield all kinds of high-tech gadgetry. Some of these gizmos are purely science fiction. What technologies have actually come to pass?

    • 10 Most Popular Cupcake Flavors -- and Why
      recipes 10 Most Popular Cupcake Flavors -- and Why

      The cupcake is hotter than ever, and it's easy to see why. This individual-sized little cake has a frosted dome, rainbow sprinkles and the kind of personality that fits in at a class party or a wedding. But what are the most popular flavors?

    • Top 10 Ways to Add Value to Your Home
      home Top 10 Ways to Add Value to Your Home

      While this may not be the best real estate market around, it is a good time to spend some money on your home to improve its value. But what should you do to get the most return on your investment?

    • 10 Most Absurd Fad Diets
      health 10 Most Absurd Fad Diets

      Eat right and exercise: It's no secret that those are the best ways to improve health and shed pounds, but often, people will go to crazy extremes to try to get slim. Would you ingest a parasite to fit into your skinny jeans?

    • Top 10 Simple Ways to Discourage Break-ins
      home Top 10 Simple Ways to Discourage Break-ins

      You don't have to buy an alarm system to prevent burglaries. If your home looks lived-in and if your neighbors seem nosy, you're preventing crime.

    • 10 Amazing Things People's Brains Have Done
      science 10 Amazing Things People's Brains Have Done

      The human brain can do some amazing things -- and humans can do amazing things because of it. Here are 10 of the most wondrous and unusual feats ever performed by a person's brain.

    • Top 10 Things That Women Invented
      science Top 10 Things That Women Invented

      Necessity may be the mother of invention, but many inventors are also mothers. By the end of the 20th century, female inventors held 10 percent of all patents -- a disparity indicating the hurdles women faced in receiving credit for their ideas. The inventions on this list overcame those obstacles.

    • 10 Small Space Storage Solutions You Never Knew
      home 10 Small Space Storage Solutions You Never Knew

      It's easy for a small living space to feel claustrophobic and cluttered. All you need is a poorly laid out room and too-big furniture. But there are easy, if unconventional, tricks to opening up a small space.

    • 10 Things to Do Before You List Your House
      home 10 Things to Do Before You List Your House

      We wish it were as easy as putting a sign in your front yard and listing the house on the Internet, but selling your home is going to take a little bit more work than that. But you don't have to spend a ton of money to get it ready.

    • 10 Worst Cars of the 20th Century
      auto 10 Worst Cars of the 20th Century

      The 20th century was a time when cars and new car companies were still trying to find their way. Some were wildly successful; however, there were also some failures -- so, so many failures.

    • 10 Best Family Dog Breeds
      animals 10 Best Family Dog Breeds

      A dog isn't just a pet -- it's a member of the family! Whether your brood is into vegging or hiking, there's a dog to complement your lifestyle and family dynamic.

    • 10 Tips for More Effective PowerPoint Presentations
      money 10 Tips for More Effective PowerPoint Presentations

      The presenter rambling on in front of you is on his 50th slide and shows no signs of slowing. Maybe you should slide him this article on PowerPoint tips before he plows through another 50.

    • 10 Weird Patents That Google Owns
      electronics 10 Weird Patents That Google Owns

      If you thought Google Glass and driverless cars were out there, then you ain't seen nothing yet. How about a throat tattoo microphone or a keyboard that projects on your hand? These are two other strange patents Google owns. What are some others?

    • 10 of the World’s Most Infamous Cults
      people 10 of the World’s Most Infamous Cults

      Maybe you've heard about drinking the Kool-Aid or listening to The Family Jams -- but what do you really know about some of the world's most infamous cults?

    • Top 10 Weirdest Prescription Drug Side Effects
      health Top 10 Weirdest Prescription Drug Side Effects

      Rainbow-colored pee? No, you're not crazy -- it could be a side effect of a medication you're taking. What's the weirdest thing a drug can do?

    • 10 Tips for Saving Money in College
      money 10 Tips for Saving Money in College

      College can be an expensive endeavor, even with scholarships and other kinds of financial aid. However, there are ways to save. From buying used textbooks to choosing the right campus meal plan, here are a few tips. And don't forget to apply for thos

    • 10 Things Men Should Know About Female Hormones
      health 10 Things Men Should Know About Female Hormones

      Think you know everything about women's hormones just because you know to bring home chocolate during her time of the month? Think again. Check out our list of things that men should know about women's hormones.

    • 10 Heaviest Objects Mankind Has Ever Moved
      science 10 Heaviest Objects Mankind Has Ever Moved

      It's always been a dilemma for humans: how to move that super-heavy object to a new place. But we always seem to find a way, don't we?

    • 10 Technologies That Help Buildings Resist Earthquakes
      science 10 Technologies That Help Buildings Resist Earthquakes

      Bend but don't break: That's the idea behind many of these temblor-thwarting technologies. They may even allow a building's inhabitants to walk out unharmed and start picking up the pieces after the earthquake subsides.

    • 10 DIY Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love
      lifestyle 10 DIY Wedding Favors Your Guests Will Love

      We've all got a trinket or two from a wedding that we can't bring ourselves to throw away. Wouldn't you love to give your guests favors that they'll actually put to good use? Here are 10 edible and beautiful tokens of appreciation.

    • How long do tie rods last?
      auto How long do tie rods last?

      Your car's tie rods don't go bad because they were built on a specific date and their time has merely expired -- tie rods go bad due to wear and tear. But how long will a set of tie rods typically last?

    • What's the difference between gasoline, kerosene, diesel, etc?
      auto What's the difference between gasoline, kerosene, diesel, etc?

      Gasoline, kerosene, diesel, etc. all come from crude oil, but what makes them different? Read on to learn about their differences.

    • In a kitchen oven what is the difference between the bake setting and the broil setting?
      recipes In a kitchen oven what is the difference between the bake setting and the broil setting?

      Baking and broiling are completely different ways to cook food, but how? Check out this article to learn what baking and broiling mean and what you use each for.

    • How can a corpse be incorruptible?
      people How can a corpse be incorruptible?

      Science hasn't yet explained how incorruptibles -- corpses that don't rot -- are preserved. What, if anything, do they have to do with sainthood?

    • What exactly is the Higgs boson?
      science What exactly is the Higgs boson?

      Who wants to reduce our complicated universe down to its simplest building blocks? A bunch of particle physicists, that's who. Why is the Higgs boson critical to that goal?

    • How do CDs (certificates of deposit) work?
      money How do CDs (certificates of deposit) work?

      Putting your money into a CD can yield higher interest returns than a standard savings account. Do you know the difference between a CD and a savings account? Find out how you can invest your money into a CD money account.

    • What happens during the dying process?
      health What happens during the dying process?

      It's hard to be prepared for death. Too much is unknown about what dying feels like or what happens after we die. However, we do know a bit about the process that occurs in the days and hours leading up to death.

    • What does it mean when a barometer is rising or falling?
      science What does it mean when a barometer is rising or falling?

      Barometers are used to predict the weather. What exactly does it mean when the weatherman says the barometer is rising or falling?

    • How do I know when my car needs a wax job?
      auto How do I know when my car needs a wax job?

      Most people take pretty good care of their cars' insides, but they may neglect the outside. Why is it important to wax your car and how often should you do it?

    • How much vitamin D do you get from the sun?
      health How much vitamin D do you get from the sun?

      Vitamin D is the only vitamin that your body makes itself. But to do so, it has to be exposed to direct sunlight -- without sunscreen. How much sun should you get to make enough vitamin D?

    • How does a water softener work?
      home How does a water softener work?

      Hard water can be a problem because it causes pipes clog and some people just don't like the way it feels. Using a water softener can help solve this problem, but how does it work?

    • What causes high tide and low tide? Why are there two tides each day?
      science What causes high tide and low tide? Why are there two tides each day?

      If you go to the beach, you can spend hours watching the waterline rise and fall as the day wears on. There are two of these tides each day, but what causes tides and why are there two of them each day? Find out in this article.

    • What is déjà vu?
      science What is déjà vu?

      Déjà vu is used to describe the feeling that you experienced a situation before. What causes this phenomenon? It’s not a glitch in the matrix, but most of our knowledge on the subject is still theoretical.

    • Does absinthe really cause hallucinations?
      science Does absinthe really cause hallucinations?

      When absinthe was banned in many countries in the early 1900s, it had really fallen out of favor. How does absinthe affect those who drink it?

    • What if an asteroid hit the Earth?
      science What if an asteroid hit the Earth?

      There are obvious craters on Earth (and the moon) that show us a long history of large objects hitting the planet. But what if one hit Earth today?

    • How does Groupon work?
      computer How does Groupon work?

      If you shop online, you've probably heard of Groupon -- that is, if you haven't used it already. It's been called the fastest-growing company in history, but how does it work?

    • How does a gas pump know when my tank is full?
      auto How does a gas pump know when my tank is full?

      How does a gas pump know when you've got a full tank? Read this simple explanation of the mechanics that cause a gas pump to shut off when the tank is full.

    • Why do we get headaches?
      health Why do we get headaches?

      What exactly is a headache? Find out what causes your head to hurt from different causes.

    • Who invented the computer?
      science Who invented the computer?

      We'll give you two hints: This person of diverse interests also invented the cowcatcher device for trains, and he held a distinguished mathematics professorship at the University of Cambridge. Any guesses?

    • When will we run out of oil, and what happens then?
      science When will we run out of oil, and what happens then?

      The global oil supply can't meet the demand forever. Will the last drops of oil lead to widespread anarchy, the end of globalization and the relentless exploitation of previously protected drilling sites?

    • What vitamins stop you from being cold all the time?
      health What vitamins stop you from being cold all the time?

      Do you run a space heater in your office, even in August? Can you not warm up no matter how many layers you wear? The culprit could be a vitamin deficiency.

    • Does drinking ice water burn calories?
      health Does drinking ice water burn calories?

      Heating things up burns calories -- that's a scientific fact. But can drinking ice water really help you burn calories?

    • Can you fight allergies with local honey?
      health Can you fight allergies with local honey?

      Staving off seasonal sniffles with hot tea might be more effective than you realize, especially if you drizzle some honey in your cup. At least one study has shown that honey combats allergies.

    • Can you get stains out of clothes after they've been washed?
      home Can you get stains out of clothes after they've been washed?

      Stain removal can be tricky business, especially if the garment in question has already been laundered. Fortunately, there are still plenty of ways for persistent people to salvage clothing with annoying spots!

    • How does the Internet work?
      computer How does the Internet work?

      The Internet lets you transfer information around the world in seconds. But the pieces of your file may not all get there the same way. How does all that data get where it's supposed to go without getting lost?

    • Lamborghini Pictures
      auto Lamborghini Pictures

      Our Lamborghini image gallery showcases some of Lamborghini's most amazing car line-ups. Check out these pictures of Lamborghini's fastest and most exotic cars in this image gallery.

    • Laptop Pictures
      computer Laptop Pictures

      Whether you are shopping for a new laptop or just curious about the latest technologies on the market, take a look at our image gallery.

    • Top 10 Breakfasts for Beautiful Skin
      health Top 10 Breakfasts for Beautiful Skin

      Breakfasts foods can be great for your skin. They're delicious and rich in wrinkle-fighting nutrients. Whip up these AM foods for healthy skin.

    • Skydiving Pictures
      adventure Skydiving Pictures

      Who would jump out of a plane intentionally? Hundreds of thousands of people, and they do it millions of times every year. See what it's like to be at gravity's mercy, with only a sheet of nylon to save you.

    • Brain Pictures
      health Brain Pictures

      What does your brain really look like? It depends on how it's imaged. Take a look at all the different ways we can view the human brain.

    • Beijing Pictures
      adventure Beijing Pictures

      China's capital city, Beijing's famous sites blend the ancient with the modern. See some of Beijing's most scenic and fascinating features.

    • Tree Pictures
      home Tree Pictures

      These tree pictures will allow you to stroll through the world of walnuts, maples, redwoods and more.

    • Annual Flowers Image Gallery
      home Annual Flowers Image Gallery

      Annuals are primed to germinate quickly when conditions are right, grow speedily, and then make loads of flowers, fruits, roots and seeds. Learn all about annual flowers by checking out this annual flower pictures image gallery. You may get some ideas.

    • Essential Gadget Pictures
      electronics Essential Gadget Pictures

      Do you have a smartphone? How about a digital camera? A portable music player? We bet you'll be surprised by how many of these 'essential' gadgets you actually own. Take a look and see whether yours made the list, or if we omitted any of your favorites.

    • Men's Health Pictures
      health Men's Health Pictures

      Take a look at men's health pictures and get health tips for men of all ages. Learn how to stay fit, healthy and active with men's health pictures.

    • Classic Toys & Games
      entertainment Classic Toys & Games

      The Slinky and Play-Doh have been popular with children generation after generation. This collection of pictures shows these and other popular children's toys throughout the years.

    • Alternative Fuel Vehicle Pictures
      auto Alternative Fuel Vehicle Pictures

      From electricity to saltwater to air, these vehicles run on all kinds of things you'd never imagine as fuel. What might power your car in the near future?

    • Superhero Pictures
      entertainment Superhero Pictures

      Superheroes, such as Spider-Man, Iron Man, Batman and Hellboy have all helped shape the comic book universe. This gallery features images of these and other popular superheroes.

    • Home Design Pictures
      home Home Design Pictures

      Home design is as varied as the people who come up with the blueprints. From the zeroHouse to houseboats, dive into the exhilarating topic of home design in this image gallery.

    • Foods for Beautiful Skin Pictures
      health Foods for Beautiful Skin Pictures

      What you eat can make a big difference in your health and appearance. See these pictures to learn about foods that are great for your skin.

    • Image Gallery: Incredible Homes of the Future
      home Image Gallery: Incredible Homes of the Future

      Houses today are built by construction crews and can take months. In the future, houses could be built in a day by robotic technology. Check out our Incredible Homes of the Future pictures!

    • UFO Pictures
      science UFO Pictures

      Do you believe in aliens? If you do, you certainly aren't alone. Stories of flying saucers abducting people and planes have existed since the dawn of flight. See whether you think these pictures scream Photoshop or for real.

    • Transmission Pictures
      auto Transmission Pictures

      Manual, automatic, sequential, dual-clutch -- these are just a sample of what you'll see in this image gallery. Check out pictures of all types of transmissions right here.

    • Turbocharger Pictures
      auto Turbocharger Pictures

      Turbochargers increase engine performance without adding much weight. Check out this image gallery to see pictures of how they do it.

    • Step-by-step Guide to Building a Barbecue Pit
      recipes Step-by-step Guide to Building a Barbecue Pit

      Have you ever wanted to build your own barbeque pit? These building a barbecue pit pictures will show you the steps for constructing a barbecue pit.

    • Diesel Engine Pictures
      auto Diesel Engine Pictures

      When you hear the word "diesel" you probably imagine something along the lines of a Mack truck. But what do powerful diesel engines actually look like? Check out this image gallery to see the cutting-edge diesel engines in development today.

    • Popular Web Site Pictures
      computer Popular Web Site Pictures

      Sure, you consider yourself the king of the Interwebs, but we bet you aren’t familiar with all of the sites that made our gallery. Or are you? Guess there's only one way to find out.

    • Cell Phone Tower Pictures
      electronics Cell Phone Tower Pictures

      A cell-phone tower is typically a steel pole or lattice structure that rises hundreds of feet into the air. Take a look at these pictures to learn more how cell phone towers work.

    • King Arthur Pictures
      history King Arthur Pictures

      King Arthur pictures at HowStuffWorks show illustrations and historical depictions of King Arthur and Camelot. Take a look at pictures of King Arthur.

    • Boxed Food Pictures
      recipes Boxed Food Pictures

      How many famous prepackaged foods do you consume in a day? Spam, Twinkies and Wheaties are just a few of our favorites. Check out these pictures of delicious boxed foods.

    • Will you EVER get back to sleep? The Insomnia Quiz
      health Will you EVER get back to sleep? The Insomnia Quiz

      Whether it's a few sleepless nights from time to time or long-term insomnia, millions of people are tired. Test how much you know about how to get a good night's sleep -- and what to do when you can't -- in our insomnia quiz.

    • Fix it or Ditch it: Is it Time to Replace Your Ride?
      auto Fix it or Ditch it: Is it Time to Replace Your Ride?

      Is it worth putting up with the occasional big repair bill and less-than-perfect-paint on your old car to avoid a new-car payment for the next several years? This quiz might help you make a decision -- finally.

    • The Fastest Quiz You'll Ever Take
      science The Fastest Quiz You'll Ever Take

      Make haste, poky person! Take this quiz to test your knowledge of the speediest stuff in the universe.

    • Gadget Savvy: Capacitors Quiz
      electronics Gadget Savvy: Capacitors Quiz

      What looks like a battery, has two terminals like a battery and stores electrons like a battery? Capacitors can store and release electrical energy, but don't replenish their supply. How do capacitors work, and what tools rely on them?

    • Mental Disorders Quiz
      health Mental Disorders Quiz

      There are several mental disorders, and many people you know suffer from them. Check out this mental disorders quiz and see how much you know about how they affect those who suffer from them.

    • Lego Physics Quiz
      science Lego Physics Quiz

      Some of the world's most innovative engineers credit Legos for sparking their interest in physics and experimentation. Lego blocks may remind you of childhood, but the lessons they teach can last a lifetime. Channel your inner Lego geek with this quiz.

    • Do you know how to get rid of acne?
      health Do you know how to get rid of acne?

      You probably don't think about acne until it demands your attention in the form of a bright-red outbreak that can't be avoided. Plan now, and discover the best ways to combat this common skin problem.

    • The Ultimate Basic Plumbing Quiz
      home The Ultimate Basic Plumbing Quiz

      Something we all tend to take for granted at home is the plumbing system. Although it is usually reliable, problems can occur. Take this quiz and see how you can repair some of the common problems.

    • What jobs have the best and worst pay?
      money What jobs have the best and worst pay?

      It's pretty clear that a doctor makes more money than a fast-food worker. But does a surgeon bring home more bucks than an anesthesiologist? It can't hurt to find out -- and it might even boost your salary savvy.

    • The Most Embarrassing Moments in the History of Science
      science The Most Embarrassing Moments in the History of Science

      What? Scientists get things wrong? We know. It’s shocking to hear, but science isn’t always an exact science. Mistakes do happen -- and they often lead to great scientific discoveries. So, grab your safety glasses and see if you can identify the most embarrassing scientific moments ever.

    • The Ultimate First Aid Quiz
      health The Ultimate First Aid Quiz

      Quick -- do you know how to perform CPR? Help someone who has just fainted? Get an insect out of a kid's ear? No? Well, read on. When you're done with this quiz, you'll feel a lot more confident in emergency first-aid situations.

    • The Ultimate Replace or Repair Washing Machine Quiz
      home The Ultimate Replace or Repair Washing Machine Quiz

      Why is it that your washing machine seems to malfunction at the worst possible time? When that happens, should you repair or replace it?

    • The Ultimate Viagra Quiz
      health The Ultimate Viagra Quiz

      Lots of rumors go around about Viagra, but what does this medicine actually do inside the body? Take the Viagra Quiz to see what you know about that little blue pill.

    • The Ultimate John Hughes Movies Quiz
      entertainment The Ultimate John Hughes Movies Quiz

      John Hughes nailed the 1980s with films like "The Breakfast Club." Brat-packed with great actors, his movies made teens everywhere feel like it was OK to be themselves. But how much do you know about Hughes' life and other films?

    • Tech Talk: Router Quiz
      computer Tech Talk: Router Quiz

      If you're reading these words, you've benefited from the operations of a router -- probably several in fact. Learn more about these mysterious mechanical manipulators that control network navigation by taking this quiz.

    • Food Fun: Fast Food Quiz
      recipes Food Fun: Fast Food Quiz

      You've probably been living under a rock if you haven't realized how unhealthy fast food can be, but do you know exactly how many calories were in that Double Six Dollar Burger you just ate? Find out that number and lots more in our fast food quiz.

    • True Love Quiz
      health True Love Quiz

      Is your love true? Take this love quiz and find out if are in love.

    • Clicking and Picking: The 'Minecraft' Quiz
      electronics Clicking and Picking: The 'Minecraft' Quiz

      Punching trees is an easy way to begin, but to survive long term in 'Minecraft' you'll have to handle everything from starvation to skeletons to silverfish. Do you know your planks from your pistons and your ghasts from your golems?

    • Electronic Cigarettes: Fact or Fiction
      health Electronic Cigarettes: Fact or Fiction

      The electronic cigarette is gaining popularity and generating controversy around the world. If you're unfamiliar with the device, or just want to learn more about smokeless cigarettes, brush up on your "e-cig" knowledge with this quiz.

    • The Ultimate Room Air Conditioner Repair Quiz
      home The Ultimate Room Air Conditioner Repair Quiz

      Maintain your room air conditioner to get maximum cooling during the hot, steamy months of summer. Understanding the operation of a room air conditioner will help you stay cool. Take this quiz to see how cool it can be to know how to repair a room air conditioner.

    • Stuff You Should Know's Ultimate Roller Coaster Quiz
      shows Stuff You Should Know's Ultimate Roller Coaster Quiz

      Roller coasters are a regular American institution. And if you listened to our podcast on coasters, then this one should be a breeze. Hang your head in shame for any score under 15 out of 20.

    • The Ultimate Auto Junkyard Quiz
      auto The Ultimate Auto Junkyard Quiz

      If you're in the auto resale or repair business or have scoured shops for project car parts, you probably already know that the junkyard of the 21st century can be a wired, high-tech and global operation. If it's been awhile, if ever, since you've roamed through aisles and piles of castoff cars and parts, maybe you'll find a surprise or two when you test your knowledge of salvage, wreckage and junk, online and in person.

    • Quiz: Do you Know how to Maintain a Central Air Conditioner?
      home Quiz: Do you Know how to Maintain a Central Air Conditioner?

      Learn how to make some repairs of your central air conditioner. Take this quiz to find out how much you know about how to repair central air conditioners.

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      science Are You Ready for the Zombie Apocalypse?

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