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Are we in a bananapocalypse?

If bananas are your favorite fruit, you may soon pick up a bunch that just seems ... different somehow. The culprit: a fungus that's killing the Cavendish.

    • Why are hurricanes with female names deadlier than ones with male names?

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      Why are hurricanes with female names deadlier than ones with male names?

      The most damaging hurricanes usually have female names. Is this a case of gender bias, or is some other force at work?

    • Why is octopus blood blue?

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      Why is octopus blood blue?

      Unless you've butchered an octopus, you might assume that it's as red-blooded as you are. And you'd be wrong. Why are octopuses the original blue bloods?

    • How do movie productions shut off streets for filming?

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      How do movie productions shut off streets for filming?

      If you live in a town where they shoot a lot of movies, chances are you've seen or read about a street closing due to a film shoot. With all the traffic inconvenience this can cause, how do movie companies get away with it?

    • Is beer really good for your hair?

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      Is beer really good for your hair?

      Hair looking dull and limp lately? Instead of heading to the beauty aisle in search of a new product, you might consider cracking open a brew.

    • 10 Serious Mistakes in Car Maintenance

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      10 Serious Mistakes in Car Maintenance

      There are so many dangerous, irresponsible and downright ridiculous things you can do to a car while "fixing" it that it was difficult to narrow this list down to just 10 examples.

    • 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.

    • Stuff to Blow Your Mind: Parasite of Infinite Grotesquery

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      Stuff to Blow Your Mind: Parasite of Infinite Grotesquery

      Today on the Internet, footage of a grotesque hair-like parasite continues to circulate. It emerges from the body of a dead preying mantis, but what’s the science behind this grisly site?

    • What does a best boy do?

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      What does a best boy do?

      So, who is this best boy whose title we see rolling down the film credits in tiny type? Is he the best-behaved kid on the set? Not a chance! He's not even a boy.

    • Truth or Tin Foil? A Conspiracy Quiz

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      Truth or Tin Foil? A Conspiracy Quiz

      Take our conspiracy quiz to see how much you know about some of history's most mind-blowing examples of trickery, schemes and subterfuge.

    • Could you really outrun a Tyrannosaurus rex?

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      Could you really outrun a Tyrannosaurus rex?

      OK, hop in your time machine and go back 67 million years or so to the Cretaceous period. Then find a Tyrannosaurus rex and challenge it to a race. Sounds crazy, huh? Actually, the race results may surprise you.

    • Stuff Mom Never Told You: Why is pink for girls and blue for boys?

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      Stuff Mom Never Told You: Why is pink for girls and blue for boys?

      Are our hunter-gathers ancestors or capitalism to thank for the pink-blue gender divide?

    • Test Your Knowledge: Scientific Misconceptions

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      Test Your Knowledge: Scientific Misconceptions

      There's no shame in admitting that we don't have all the answers. But there is a little shame when we're spewing scientific nonsense to our friends and colleagues. Test yourself to determine what so-called "science" you've misunderstood for years.

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • Does beer really make you fat?

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      Does beer really make you fat?

      If beer commercials are accurate, you can knock back plenty of brewskis without worrying about weight gain. Yet the existence of beer bellies proves otherwise.

    • How does alcohol make you drunk?

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      How does alcohol make you drunk?

      At best, drinking alcohol can lower your inhibitions and relax you; at worst, it can be dangerous. Find out exactly how alcohol does what it does.

    • 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?

    • How Gorilla Glass Works

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      How Gorilla Glass Works

      Touch screens are useful, assuming you don't drop and break them, or scratch them up in your pocket or purse. How do you make abuse-resistant glass? Ask Corning.

    • Why do we love cute things?

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      Why do we love cute things?

      Social media is overflowing with cute content -- everything from babies to puppies to seriously adorable lunchboxes. Find out why cute things make you go "aww!"

    • Can selfies reveal trends in our moods?

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      Can selfies reveal trends in our moods?

      Your latest selfie might reveal more about what's going on in your community or country than what's going on with your hair today.

    • 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.

    • BrainStuff: How does laughter work?

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      BrainStuff: How does laughter work?

      What's going on in our brains when we laugh?

    • 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 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 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?

    • 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.

    • 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 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.

    • 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 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 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?

    • 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 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?

    • 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 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 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 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 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.

    • 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 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.

    • 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?

    • 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 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 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 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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?

    • 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 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.

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • 5 Really Expensive Things That Were Accidentally Destroyed

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      5 Really Expensive Things That Were Accidentally Destroyed

      One of the things about priceless masterpieces is that they tend to be really expensive. So when they're accidentally broken a pit tends to form in the stomach. Watch and learn about five expensive items that suffered a terrible fate.

    • 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 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.

    • How can a plane vanish?

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      How can a plane vanish?

      How can humans lose entire planes? Tune in to learn more about famous disappearances, current searching techniques, and theories about what happened to Malaysia Airlines Flight 370.

    • Death

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      Death

      I'm going to die. You're going to die. Everyone is going to die. But since it's such a natural part of existence, why do so many people do so much to avoid even thinking about it?

    • 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.

    • Daniel Fahrenheit and the Mercury Thermometer

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      Daniel Fahrenheit and the Mercury Thermometer

      Daniel Fahrenheit built several types of thermometers, but his Stuff of Genius wasn't restricted to a few temperature measuring devices. Tune in and learn how Daniel Fahrenheit invented the system that bears his name today.

    • 11 Most and Least Popular Boys' Names of the Past Century

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      11 Most and Least Popular Boys' Names of the Past Century

      Can you guess which boys' names reigned supreme during the 20th-century decades?

    • 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?

    • 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.

    • 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 Do Those Tabs On Rearview Mirrors Actually Do?

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      What Do Those Tabs On Rearview Mirrors Actually Do?

      Sure, rearview mirrors are cool - but how do they actually work? How can the same piece of glass have two different amounts of reflection? Join Josh as he explains the science behind these handy devices.

    • The Sexual Double Standard

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      The Sexual Double Standard

      What do we mean when we say that there's a "sexual double standard" for men and women, and where did it come from?

    • 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.

    • 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.

    • Percy Spencer and the Microwave Oven

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