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10 Historical Words That Don't Mean What You Think

You may call it karma when a criminal gets caught, but the word doesn't really mean getting your just deserts. What other historical words do people misuse?

    • 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.

    • 10 Things You Should Never Throw Away
      home 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.

    • Can you use student loans to buy a used car?
      money Can you use student loans to buy a used car?

      Student loans aren't free money. If you're tempted to buy a car with your financial aid check, you might want to do the math first.

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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?

    • Is mixing antibiotics dangerous?
      health Is mixing antibiotics dangerous?

      A study found that antibiotic prescriptions as we know them are no match for the replicative power of drug-resistant bacteria — and that combining them can actually make things much worse.

    • What are witch windows?
      people What are witch windows?

      Driving through Vermont's scenic countryside, you might see an anomaly in the architecture odd enough to make you do a double take. What's the story behind those strangely angled windows?

    • 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 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.

    • Is American wheat the cause of gluten sensitivity?
      health Is American wheat the cause of gluten sensitivity?

      Is the American wheat industry to blame for the gluten-free craze? Don't believe the hype; gluten might not be the problem you think it is.

    • What's an accretion disk?
      science What's an accretion disk?

      When you think about massive, mysterious cosmic bodies like accretion disks, the water swirling around your bathtub probably isn't the first thing to come to mind. But hey, physics works the same magic on all scales.

    • 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?

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • Stuff Mom Never Told You: Boyfriend Material
      shows Stuff Mom Never Told You: Boyfriend Material

      How to REALLY tell if a guy has the right Boyfriend Material.

    • What constitutes a medical emergency?
      health What constitutes a medical emergency?

      We all know what to do in case of a medical emergency (get to the ER), but are you really qualified to recognize a true emergency when it happens?

    • 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?

    • How the March on Washington Worked
      history How the March on Washington Worked

      The 1963 March on Washington for Jobs and Freedom ensured the passage of the Civil Rights Act and made Martin Luther King Jr. an American icon. But its success was not assured at the beginning.

    • Fw:Thinking: Can a computer tell if you’re sincere or snarky?
      shows Fw:Thinking: Can a computer tell if you’re sincere or snarky?

      Beyond spelling and grammar, sometimes our communications have to be adjusted for tone to make sure we’re getting the right message across. Now, artificial intelligence is here to help us out.

    • Is it rude to point out someone else's typos?
      people Is it rude to point out someone else's typos?

      We get it: You're a grammar nerd, and correcting typos is your lifeblood. You might want to slow down with the virtual red pen, though — pointing out typos is often unnecessary.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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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