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Do fat-free foods really make you fat?

With the explosion of fat-free processed food in the '80s and '90s, why did consumers tend to get bigger? Turns out, "fat-free" food had a dirty little secret.

    • 10 Things You Didn't Know About Einstein

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      10 Things You Didn't Know About Einstein

      The man who had some theories about relativity was also an eccentric who gleefully eschewed socks, dodged German military service and spurned social conventions.

    • Why do some people believe the moon landings were a hoax?

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      Why do some people believe the moon landings were a hoax?

      It was a small step for a man, a giant leap for mankind. But some people say that the moon landings never happened at all. Why all the conspiracy theories?

    • 10 Wrong Grammar Rules Everyone Knows

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      10 Wrong Grammar Rules Everyone Knows

      Will the grammar police really arrest you if you start a sentence with a conjunction or end one with a preposition? There's only one way to find out.

    • Did NASA win the space race?

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      Did NASA win the space race?

      This passive-aggressive peacetime contest between the USSR and the U.S. unofficially ended with the U.S. moon landing. But the Soviets also touted a long list of space race accomplishments. Who won?

    • 5 Massacres Where Almost Nobody Died

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      5 Massacres Where Almost Nobody Died

      The word "massacre" conjures up images of the senseless slaughter of thousands. But some, while still tragic, claimed only a few lives. Here are five with huge historical impacts.

    • How Fear Works

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      How Fear Works

      What exactly is fear? In this article, we'll examine the psychological and physical properties of fear, find out what causes a fear response and look at some ways you can defeat it.

    • Who was Rosie the Riveter?

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      Who was Rosie the Riveter?

      With her stoic expression and flexed bicep, Rosie the Riveter really can do it. And for the women of the World War II generation, that meant anything from riveting to welding. But even Rosie's pert, polka-dotted headscarf scraped the glass ceiling.

    • How ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Works

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      How ALS (Lou Gehrig's Disease) Works

      In the 1938 baseball season, slugger Lou Gehrig suddenly lost his swing. His slip was a sign of ALS, the degenerative disease that would eventually kill him. What is ALS?

    • 5 Tips for Backyard Movie Night

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      5 Tips for Backyard Movie Night

      Turning your yard into a mini movie theater is a great way to entertain friends and enjoy the outdoors. But to put together the perfect cinematic soiree, you want to make sure everything's just right.

    • How Yo-Yos Work

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      How Yo-Yos Work

      Yo-yos can be traced back at least 2,500 years. They're toys with true staying power, and lately they've gone high-tech. Ever heard of a yo-yo with a clutch?

    • What if I never took a bath?

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      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.

    • 10 Most Long-lived Empires in History

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      10 Most Long-lived Empires in History

      Empires rise and empires fall -- it's a seemingly unavoidable fact of life on Earth. But these superpowers reigned longer than any others. What can we learn from their missteps and achievements?

    • Top 10 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health

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      Top 10 Things Your Nails Say About Your Health

      Whether trimmed or long, polished or plain, your nails say a lot about the state of your health. What warning signs are literally at your fingertips?

    • Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag?

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      Did Betsy Ross really make the first American flag?

      Its broad stripes and bright stars are up for debate. Classic American lore would have us believe that Betsy Ross made the first U.S. flag, but some historians dismiss this as a campy tale.

    • 10 Things Doctors Have Changed Their Minds About This Century

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      10 Things Doctors Have Changed Their Minds About This Century

      In the 20th century, fats were bad and women needed yearly mammograms. But in the new millennium, both have been overturned. What else don't doctors believe anymore?

    • 10 Things You Should Never Throw Away

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      10 Things You Should Never Throw Away

      There are things we consciously recycle, such as used clothing, and there are things we toss without a second thought, like foil and rubber bands. But the latter have uses you may never have dreamed of.

    • 10 Failed Google Projects

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      10 Failed Google Projects

      Most people think of Google as a giant juggernaut of Internet success. But even the company behind the world's most popular search engine has had its share of blunders.

    • 10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use Commas

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      10 Completely Wrong Ways to Use Commas

      Commas are notoriously tricky punctuation marks, and with good reason. So how can you know if you're using them correctly? It comes down to one question: Is it essential?

    • 10 Groundbreaking Uses of Special Effects Makeup

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      10 Groundbreaking Uses of Special Effects Makeup

      You might not know to look at them, but some of film's most groundbreaking makeup jobs have relied on simple tools, like cotton and spirit gum. And they've come a long way.

    • 10 Gadgets That Really Should Be Obsolete By Now

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      10 Gadgets That Really Should Be Obsolete By Now

      Technology is ever-evolving, so gadgets that were cutting edge just a few years ago are already obsolete. Here are 10 that linger, though we'd happily eulogize them.

    • How do erasers erase?

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      How do erasers erase?

      Ahhhh, the good old No. 2 pencil and its oft-used eraser. Have you ever wondered exactly what science is at work when that pink, rubbery lifesaver eradicates your blunders?

    • Why do men have nipples?

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      Why do men have nipples?

      During early pregnancy, both male and female human embryos develop something called milk lines, ridges that eventually recede into nipples. Why have some species lost this unisex trait, and can human men actually produce milk?

    • What if everyone on Earth spoke the same language?

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      What if everyone on Earth spoke the same language?

      Would the people of the world get along better if they spoke the same language? Or would it just be easier for us to hate each other?

    • 10 Telecommuting Careers That Can Make You Rich

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      10 Telecommuting Careers That Can Make You Rich

      Proof that we're living in the incredible future: We can conduct serious business in our pajamas. Which work-from-home jobs are the most lucrative?

    • 10 Performance-enhancing Drugs That Aren't Steroids

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      10 Performance-enhancing Drugs That Aren't Steroids

      Lance Armstrong, Jose Canseco, Mark McGwire: The list of superstar athletes accused of -- or admitting to -- taking performance-enhancing drugs is almost as impressive as the number of sports that they compete in. And we're not just talking about steroids anymore.

    • 10 Extreme Coupon Tips for Normal People

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      10 Extreme Coupon Tips for Normal People

      Would you believe it's possible to save more than 90 percent on your grocery bills? It takes measures many people would consider extreme, but saving serious money doesn't have to completely dominate your life.

    • 10 Office Exercises You Can Do Secretly

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      10 Office Exercises You Can Do Secretly

      A long day at the office leaves little time for exercising. But what if you could squeeze in a workout during your office routine -- without any of your coworkers asking, "What're you doing?" We've got a list of exercises that just fit the bill.

    • 10 Boardless, Pieceless Road Trip Games

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      10 Boardless, Pieceless Road Trip Games

      Summer means road trip time, but how do you make those long hours in the car pass more quickly? Check out our road trip games list for some old favorites and new ideas.

    • 10 Tips for Effective Workplace Communication

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      10 Tips for Effective Workplace Communication

      Communication is as easy as breathing, but doing so with coworkers can be tricky. Someone could misconstrue a friendly e-mail, micromanage employees to death or even commit a cultural faux pas. Luckily, we'll show you how to avoid these missteps.

    • 10 Things Your Cleaning Lady Doesn't Want You to Know

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      10 Things Your Cleaning Lady Doesn't Want You to Know

      For a lot of people, there just isn't time to clean the whole house, top to bottom, every week. That's where the convenience of a maid service comes in. What risks are you taking by hiring someone else to do the dirty work?

    • 10 Things You Should Do Two Months Before a Move

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      10 Things You Should Do Two Months Before a Move

      Moving pretty much always takes longer than you think it's going to take. So, be smart and plan ahead. There's lots of packing and organizing you can get out of the way two months in advance of your move.

    • 10 Strange American Traditions

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      10 Strange American Traditions

      If you normally mute commercials but spend Super Bowl Sunday analyzing every joke or camera angle, you know some American traditions can be kind of bizarre. What are 10 of the weirdest?

    • 10 Funny Inventions That Changed the World

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      10 Funny Inventions That Changed the World

      People are always thinking up strange stuff that makes us chuckle, like, say, wafflemakers that churn out waffles in the shape of a keyboard. But these 10 inventions aren't just funny; we interact with them all the time.

    • Top 10 Industrial Revolution Inventions

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      Top 10 Industrial Revolution Inventions

      During the Industrial Revolution, both innovation and the capabilities of large factories combined to thrust people from a predominantly agricultural existence into a more urban lifestyle. So what were the period's top inventions?

    • Top 10 Most Poisonous Plants

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      Top 10 Most Poisonous Plants

      If you swallow these plants, you could wind up with stomach convulsions, blurred vision, amnesia -- you could even die. What shouldn't you taste on your next hike?

    • 10 Ways to Cook a Sweet Potato

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      10 Ways to Cook a Sweet Potato

      Sweet potatoes are one of the healthiest foods you can add to your diet. But, like anything, they can get boring if they're prepared the same way every time you eat them. Luckily, there are plenty of ways to spice them up.

    • 10 Reasons You Have a Runny Nose

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      10 Reasons You Have a Runny Nose

      Sniff, blow, wipe … sniff, blow, wipe … It's the seemingly endless cycle of a runny nose. But what makes our schnoz get soppy? Read on for some of the most common causes of reaching for the box of tissues.

    • Top 10 Causes of Running Pain

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      Top 10 Causes of Running Pain

      Running can be hard on your feet and legs -- you end up paying for all that impact eventually, right? Most serious runners can't avoid pain, but the key to managing it lies in knowing the kind of pain you're dealing with.

    • 10 Things to Look for When Buying a Laptop

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      10 Things to Look for When Buying a Laptop

      Even though prices are lower than ever before, a laptop is still a significant investment. If you use the right criteria when shopping, you can feel confident that you're getting the best value for your money and the best machine for your needs.

    • 10 Medieval Torture Devices

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      10 Medieval Torture Devices

      Torture was a very popular form of punishment in the Middle Ages, but it also served as a social deterrent and as entertainment for the masses. These 10 devices show just how creative torturers became with their tools as a result.

    • 10 People You Probably Didn't Know Were Black

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      10 People You Probably Didn't Know Were Black

      What do Alexandre Dumas, Pete Wentz and Alexander Pushkin have in common? We're not talking about literary talents -- they're all people whose African ancestry is not well-known. Who else is on the list?

    • Top 10 Things That Can Reduce Sex Drive

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      Top 10 Things That Can Reduce Sex Drive

      Few things in life can be as unsettling as having your libido disappear. Even more frustrating is not knowing why. Here, we'll discuss 10 things that can reduce sex drive.

    • 10 First-time Homebuyer Mistakes

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      10 First-time Homebuyer Mistakes

      Buying your first home can be a dream come true, but it can quickly turn into a nightmare. Realistic planning is key to avoiding the pitfalls that await first-time homebuyers.

    • 10 Completely False 'Facts' Everyone Knows

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      10 Completely False 'Facts' Everyone Knows

      The blood in your veins is blue. Glass is a slow-moving liquid. If you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it. Not so fast –- if you learned any of those "facts" in school, what you learned was wrong.

    • 10 Things You Can Make With a Can of Black Beans

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      10 Things You Can Make With a Can of Black Beans

      Black beans are a versatile, tasty ingredient in soups, salads, chili and even brownies! Here are 10 things you can make with a can of black beans.

    • 10 Crazy Things Contacts Can Do

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      10 Crazy Things Contacts Can Do

      Contact lenses have been correcting vision for more than a century, but lenses today can make you look like a cat, monitor your blood sugar and maybe even make you a better athlete.

    • Top 10 Survival Tools

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      Top 10 Survival Tools

      Let's say your vacation tour group ditches you in the outback. Or your car slips off an icy road in the middle of nowhere. Will you have the tools to save your life?

    • Top 10 Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin

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      Top 10 Sunscreens for Sensitive Skin

      Thick, greasy sunscreen lotions may trigger an acne breakout for people with sensitive skin. But you've got to protect yourself against harmful rays. Which formulas should you choose?

    • Classic Car Pictures

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      Classic Car Pictures

      These photos showcase some of the rarest, most sought after classic cars from the 20th century's most renowned automakers. Ready to take a drive down memory lane?

    • Bird Pictures

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      Bird Pictures

      Did you know that it's the possession of feathers, not the ability to fly, that distinguishes birds from other animals? Take a view of these bird pictures to see how many you recognize.

    • Image Gallery: Inside a Nuclear Power Plant

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      Image Gallery: Inside a Nuclear Power Plant

      Tour the inside of a nuclear power plant with these illustrative diagrams to learn more about how nuclear power plants work.

    • Cooling the Burn: Sunburn Home Remedies Image Gallery

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      Cooling the Burn: Sunburn Home Remedies Image Gallery

      The sun. People have worshiped it for thousands of years. But only in the last century have people worshiped the sun by baking themselves to a golden tan, which often masks an angry red burn. Scroll through these photos for some sunburn home remedies.

    • Inside Hex Bugs Pictures

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      Inside Hex Bugs Pictures

      If you are a bug lover, this tiny gadget is just for you! The Hex Bug is a tiny robot that reacts to sound and touch. Take a look inside the Hex Bug.

    • Drug Pictures

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      Drug Pictures

      With drug pictures learn about the most used, most addictive and most controversial drugs on the market. Take a look at drug pictures to learn more.

    • Car Gadget Pictures

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      Car Gadget Pictures

      Take a look at these car gadget pictures and see some of the cutting edge technology available for your car. Check out our car gadget pictures.

    • Car Engine Pictures

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      Car Engine Pictures

      Car engines range from small, economic 4-cylinders to insanely powerful 16-cylinder beasts. Get revved up with full-throttle photos of how they all work.

    • Perennial Flowers Image Gallery

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      Perennial Flowers Image Gallery

      These blooming plants will dazzle you with color year after year. Sit back, smell the hibiscus and check out these photos of some of our favorite perennials.

    • Money Scam Pictures

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      Money Scam Pictures

      Money scams have been separating people from their cash for hundreds of years. In this gallery, see some of the most ruthless scams of the 20th and 21st centuries, and learn what you can do to protect yourself.

    • Volcanoes: Spewing Lava All Over the Countryside

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      Volcanoes: Spewing Lava All Over the Countryside

      Volcanoes are majestic -- and deadly -- geological formations. See pictures of the world's most incredible volcanoes and the damage they can cause.

    • Submarine Pictures

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      Submarine Pictures

      Submarines are built in a dry dock just like other seagoing vessels. Take an inside look at these fully submersible wonders of technology.

    • Barack Obama Pictures

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      Barack Obama Pictures

      Barack Obama was elected the 44th president of the United States after a hotly contested primary race and general election. Check out photos from his life and the 2008 Obama campaign in this gallery.

    • Bodily Organ Pictures

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      Bodily Organ Pictures

      Have you ever wondered what your body looks like on the inside? Take a tour of your major bodily organs and learn about unusual organ conditions with these pictures.

    • Harriet Tubman Pictures

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      Harriet Tubman Pictures

      These Harriet Tubman pictures will show photographs and illustrations of the leader of the Underground Railroad. Take a look at pictures of Harriet Tubman.

    • Cat Pictures

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      Cat Pictures

      Thinking of investing in a feline friend? House cats range in color, size, origin and more. Check out this cat image gallery to help you determine which breed you might suit your tastes best.

    • Robot Pictures

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      Robot Pictures

      Whether they’re adorable like ASIMO or creepy like the world's most lifelike androids, today's robots take on a range of shapes and sizes. But they're not all humanoid. This gallery also shows off a few that are inspired by the animal kingdom.

    • Getting Beautiful Skin Pictures

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      Getting Beautiful Skin Pictures

      These getting beautiful skin pictures show some great ways to take care of your skin. Check out beautiful skin pictures here.

    • Apples to Apples: What Variety is Best for What?

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      Apples to Apples: What Variety is Best for What?

      There are many types of apple varieties that work well in different dishes. Check out these pictures and find out which apple you should be using in your apple pie, apple cider and all sorts of delicious apple recipes.

    • Hurricane Sandy, October 2012

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      Hurricane Sandy, October 2012

      Hurricane Sandy struck the East Coast of the United States on Oct. 29, 2012, causing extensive flooding and damage. Millions of homes, businesses and even hospitals lost power in the wake of the storm.

    • Inside an Electric Motor

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      Inside an Electric Motor

      Have you ever wondered what goes on inside an electric motor? We've taken apart a simple electric motor that you would typically find in a toy to explain how all the parts work. See the next page to get started.

    • Image Gallery: Skin Problems

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      Image Gallery: Skin Problems

      These pictures showcase some common -- and not so common -- skin conditions. Learn how to tell the difference between different rashes and bumps.

    • Homes of the Future Pictures

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      Homes of the Future Pictures

      Advancements in technology over the years has lead to the improvements of our living quarters. Any thing from energy saving techniques to cutting time and effort on every day things in the household.

    • Brake Pictures

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      Brake Pictures

      Be honest: Do you ever really give much thought to how your car slows down or stops? Browsing through these spectacular street car and race car brake pictures might change that.

    • Computer Memory Pictures

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      Computer Memory Pictures

      The different types of computer memory can be confusing. Take a look at these pictures of RAM, ROM, flash memory and more to learn about what the various types of memory are up to in your computer.

    • Home Mortgage Quiz

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      Home Mortgage Quiz

      We know that the mere mention of the word 'mortgage' might induce a cold sweat -- or make you want to take a nice, long nap instead of taking this quiz. But before you dismiss the topic as too boring or complicated, remember that lack of education is the reason that so many people are caught up in this mortgage mess. So doesn't it make sense to educate yourself? And this easy little quiz is just the way to get your feet wet.

    • This is your brain on love: The Science of Love Quiz

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      This is your brain on love: The Science of Love Quiz

      Forget about hearts and flowers and poetry. Love is all in your head -- your brain actually. So let's strip out the romance and get down to the neurochemicals and physiology that release a swarm of butterflies when encountering a new crush.

    • Personality Disorder Quiz

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      Personality Disorder Quiz

      Personality disorders affect millions of people worldwide. Think you know the gamut of these mental health conditions? Test your knowledge with this quiz.

    • April Showers, May Flowers: The Full-on Flower Quiz

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      April Showers, May Flowers: The Full-on Flower Quiz

      Prepare yourself for a full crop of bud-busting trivia. From pollination to cultivation to symbolism, we’ve got it all covered (and fertilized and watered). Does plant prowess come naturally to you?

    • Skin Deep: The Tattoo-removal Quiz

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      Skin Deep: The Tattoo-removal Quiz

      Indecisiveness and a love of body art are two traits that don't go well together. But if you find yourself wishing you'd never gotten that tattoo, you could be in luck. Test your tattoo-removal knowledge with this quiz.

    • Car Smarts: Transmissions

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      Car Smarts: Transmissions

      A car's transmission enables the engine to provide a wide range of output speeds. Without it, you'd be limited to just one gear. Test your knowledge of both automatic and manual transmissions in this quiz.

    • Wild World: Solar Cell Quiz

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      Wild World: Solar Cell Quiz

      Solar cells are on everything from pocket calculators to the roofs of buildings. So exactly how do they turn light into energy?

    • Fact or Fiction: Earthquakes

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      Fact or Fiction: Earthquakes

      Earthquakes, like volcanoes, happen all the time -- but most of them are so minor we can't even feel them. They're also similar to volcanoes in that we can't fully predict them, and scientists are always waiting for the next big one to occur.

    • Strange Addictions Quiz

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      Strange Addictions Quiz

      Some people's bad habits are out in the open, but most addictions are well-kept secrets. How much do you really know about the things people just can't stop doing? Take this quiz to test your knowledge.

    • The Ultimate Bicycle Quiz

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      The Ultimate Bicycle Quiz

      Learning to ride a bicycle seems to be a universal experience for children around the world. Whether you've been riding bicycles since you were a child or just recently started pedaling, how much do you know about this elegant and simple vehicle?

    • The Ultimate Bear Quiz

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      The Ultimate Bear Quiz

      There's Paddington Bear, Winnie the Pooh, Rupert Bear and many more. While kids may like to snuggle up with their teddy bear, real bears are wild creatures that can be very dangerous. There are many different kinds of bears, each with different characteristics and habits. Take this quiz to learn more about bears.

    • Anatomy 101: Human Body Quiz

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      Anatomy 101: Human Body Quiz

      You remember a little ditty about the thigh bone being connected to the hip bone, which was in turn connected to the backbone. But what else do you remember about human anatomy? The answers to this quiz are all inside of you -- literally.

    • America's Favorite Foods Quiz

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      America's Favorite Foods Quiz

      The United States is known as a melting pot of cultures, and its cuisine shows influences from countries all over the world. Just how much do you know about American food?

    • Car Smarts: Camshafts

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      Car Smarts: Camshafts

      The air and fuel mixtures that power your car's engine are controlled by valves that open and shut. The essential camshaft rotates and instigates the valve movement. But how exactly does this crucial engine part work? See how well you can shift mental gears and take the camshaft quiz.

    • Bedbugs: Fact or Fiction Quiz

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      Bedbugs: Fact or Fiction Quiz

      Bedbugs are making a comeback after being nearly eradicated by the pesticide DDT back in the 1950s. If you're afraid that your house may host the next big bedbug convention, this quiz will help you separate the hype from the facts when it comes to these blood-sucking little pests.

    • Quiz: Are you too self-conscious?

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      Quiz: Are you too self-conscious?

      Some people can laugh off a potential faux paus, while others dwell on it for days -- or even years. How self-conscious do you feel -- and what's normal? Test your knowledge and learn how to combat self-consciousness with this quiz.

    • Light It Up!: True or False Smoking Quiz

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      Light It Up!: True or False Smoking Quiz

      How savvy are you about smoking? The answers to our 10-question quiz may surprise you. Learn interesting facts about smoking and your health.

    • Car Smarts: Exotic Cars

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      Car Smarts: Exotic Cars

      Exotic cars inspire a legion of car enthusiasts to empty their wallets for a taste of life in the fast lane. Will you be at the front of the pack after racing through the exotic car quiz?

    • Can You Spot the Better Deal?

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      Can You Spot the Better Deal?

      Which credit card offers the best deal? Should you take the cash rebate on the new car or the low interest rate? You are bombarded with confusing financial questions every day. Here are 20 more.

    • Fact or Fiction: Breast-feeding

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      Fact or Fiction: Breast-feeding

      Parents make lots of choices before their little one arrives in the world: What shall we name him or her? How will we decorate the nursery? What doctor will be our pediatrician? One decision parents must grapple with is how to feed the baby. Some parents go for bottles and formula, while others choose to breast-feed. How much do you know about the latter option?

    • The Honda EV-STER: Honda's Sexy Electric Car Quiz

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      The Honda EV-STER: Honda's Sexy Electric Car Quiz

      Revealed at the 2011 Tokyo Motor Show, the Honda EV-STER -- a concept electric sports car -- seems to have more in common with Tesla’s Roadster than it does with any of Honda’s current models. Do you think you know enough about this latest Honda concept to pass the test?

    • Urinary Tract Infections Quiz

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      Urinary Tract Infections Quiz

      Do you or someone you know that suffers from a urinary tract infection? Take this quiz and test your knowledge on this disease.

    • Quiz: How well do you know your appliances?

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      Quiz: How well do you know your appliances?

      There are so many appliances and tools we use today that we take for granted, yet for centuries people went without them. Imagine a world without toilets, refrigerators or computers! Take this quiz to see how much you know about the history of the appliances you couldn't do without.

    • Fact or Fiction: Cold Sores

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      Fact or Fiction: Cold Sores

      Cold sores -- or fever blisters -- are an embarrassing part of life for many of us. Misconceptions abound about them, though. Can you separate the facts and fictions?

    • Cancerous Moles Quiz

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      Cancerous Moles Quiz

      Most moles are harmless, but some can be dangerous. See if you know the difference between healthy and cancerous moles in this info-packed quiz.

    • Robert Jarvik and the Artificial Heart

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      Robert Jarvik and the Artificial Heart

      Robert Jarvik wasn't the first person to patent an artificial heart, but his design was the first heart successfully implanted in a human patient. Tune in and learn how Jarvik's Stuff of Genius gave new hope to heart patients in this episode.

    • Percy Spencer and the Microwave Oven

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      Percy Spencer and the Microwave Oven

      Today, microwave ovens are a common sight in kitchens across the world -- but who invented them? Tune in to learn how Percy Spencer accidentally struck upon the Stuff of Microwaving Genius.

    • Could a parasite turn you into a zombie?

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      Could a parasite turn you into a zombie?

      Many science-fiction stories focus on the idea of possession -- the concept of some alien force dominating otherwise normal people and forcing them to behave in strange ways. Could any of these stories be based in fact?

    • Why Do We Sleep?

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      Why Do We Sleep?

      Sleeping is frustrating for many of us. So why do we have to do it? Ben and Lauren review several possibilities and reveal all the bad things that can happen if you sleep too much... or not at all.

    • Chester Greenwood and Earmuffs

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      Chester Greenwood and Earmuffs

      As a big-eared child in Maine, Chester Greenwood was used to freezing weather. Of course, that doesn't mean he enjoyed it. Learn how his Stuff of Genius kept ears across America toasty (and made Chester famous) in this podcast.

    • The World's Underground Bases

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      The World's Underground Bases

      How many underground bases exist today? Is there any way to figure out what's stored in the world's various secret bunkers? Learn more in today's video.

    • How Do Accents Work?

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      How Do Accents Work?

      Have you ever wondered how accents work? Tune in to this episode of BrainStuff to find out about the ever-evolving accent.

    • What is your brain not telling you?

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      What is your brain not telling you?

      Just because your brain recognizes something, doesn't mean you see it. Learn more about what your brain is keeping from you in this episode from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

    • The Gorgon: Tentacles of Medusa

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      The Gorgon: Tentacles of Medusa

      What are we to make of this strange, mythic creature with vipers for hair and a petrifying gaze? Join Dr. Anton Jessup once more in the University basement for a discussion on this unnatural monster’s connections to natural-world biology.

    • Hands are Weird: 5 Things About Them

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      Hands are Weird: 5 Things About Them

      They're kind of weird and floppy looking. But without them we'd be pretty helpless. Learn more about the humble hand in this video from Stuff to Blow Your Mind.

    • What in the Name of God is the The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon?

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      What in the Name of God is the The Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon?

      Have you ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof Phenomenon? If you haven't, get ready, because you're about to start hearing about it over and over. Confused? Just watch.

    • 5 Reasons You Need More Sleep Now

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      5 Reasons You Need More Sleep Now

      Forget just feeling full of vim and vigor. Getting enough sleep can effect your memory, weight and maybe even brain diseases.

    • Why We Can't Not Smile

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      Why We Can't Not Smile

      Smile and the world smiles with you. Why? Because we don't have a choice. Find out why we're hardwired to do it, who does it the most and the health benefits of flashing your pearly whites.

    • Human Experimentation: Part I

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      Human Experimentation: Part I

      It's a grisly, tragic fact that many of modern medicine's life-saving procedures and techniques come from horrendous experimentation. But what, exactly? How much do we know about history's unethical experiments?

    • Sleep: Men vs. Women

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      Sleep: Men vs. Women

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