Today's Mindblower

Will orbital chaos cause Earth, Venus and Mars to collide?

It's not a pleasant thought, is it? But when you mix chaos theory with a few crazy cosmologists, those tidy, predictable orbits start getting lively.

    • How Hackers Work

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      How Hackers Work

      Hackers have been attacking Adobe Acrobat 9 on Windows after a critical security vulnerability was found. Take a look at hacker culture and the various kinds of hackers, some of whom have run afoul of the law.

    • How U.S. Criminal Records Work

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      How U.S. Criminal Records Work

      Former Penn State assistant football coach Jerry Sandusky was arrested and jailed Wednesday on new child sex abuse charges. Every arrest and conviction goes on a criminal record, which is stored in massive computer databases that are accessible throughout the world. Once you have a criminal record, will it ever go away?

    • What would it take to reverse global warming?

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      What would it take to reverse global warming?

      The two largest producers of carbon dioxide emissions, the U.S. and China, butted heads again this week at the U.N. climate talks. Most scientists agree that human interference in the environment has something to do with the recent trend of rising temperatures on the Earth. What can we do about it?

    • Top 5 Myths About Apple

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      Top 5 Myths About Apple

      Apple opens its new flagship store in Grand Central Terminal in New York City today. Apple is one of the most successful companies around -- and one of the most mysterious. Here, we consider and debunk five of the biggest myths surrounding this tech giant.

    • Does the Higgs boson exist?

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      Does the Higgs boson exist?

      The European Organization for Nuclear Research (CERN) is providing an update on the search for the Higgs boson particle next week on Dec. 13. Rumors say it has been found, but does it even exist?

    • Top 10 Tips for Having a Good Flight

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      Top 10 Tips for Having a Good Flight

      Some things prevent flying from being fun -- small seats, crowded legroom, snoring seatmates and having to go back to the gate when Alec Baldwin is on your flight and won’t turn off his electronics. See these tips so you can make flying easier for everyone.

    • How Plug-in Hybrid Cars Work

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      How Plug-in Hybrid Cars Work

      GM continues to work with the government to determine the cause of Chevy Volt fires. Learn all about plug-in hybrid cars including their battery packs, which have been under investigation.

    • You Should Know Video: Transplants, Physics and the Moon

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      You Should Know Video: Transplants, Physics and the Moon

      It's no secret that Josh and Chuck are knowledge junkies -- but how much can they learn in 60 seconds? In this playlist, the guys tackle everything from fecal transplants to frame of reference physics and theoretical journeys to the center of the moon.

    • How Lying Works

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      How Lying Works

      Former U.S. Governor Rod Blagojevich was sentenced to 14 years in prison on Wednesday after jurors agreed that he lied to the FBI and found him guilty in 18 corruption charges. Do you know how to spot a lie?

    • How Suicide Bombers Work

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      How Suicide Bombers Work

      A suicide bombing in Afghanistan on Tuesday killed dozens of people outside a Shiite shrine. Are these bombers strictly a modern phenomenon? How can they be stopped?

    • How Tsunamis Work

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      How Tsunamis Work

      Scientists have now determined that the tsunami that struck northern Japan on March 11 was caused by two waves. While it’s difficult to grasp the full effects this natural disaster has had on Japan’s people and culture, we can explain the physical factors that led to it.

    • 5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Car Safer for Driving in Foul Weather

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      5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Car Safer for Driving in Foul Weather

      New Mexico closed highways earlier this week and the entire country of Scotland went on alert after heavy snow and ice covered the regions. Do you know how to prepare yourself (and your car) to meet Mother Nature's fury?

    • How DUI Works

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      How DUI Works

      The Federal Aviation Administration chief resigned on Tuesday after a drunk driving charge. So how do blood alcohol levels, police procedures and DUI punishment work? What can you do to keep your friends and family safe when you've been out drinking?

    • How the Predator UAV Works

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      How the Predator UAV Works

      The U.S. military has confirmed that Iran has the missing RQ-170 drone, an unmanned U.S. spy plane. Remotely-operated spy planes exemplify the military trend toward high-tech, low-risk equipment. What can they accomplish in battle?

    • Did the United States put its own citizens in concentration camps during WWII?

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      Did the United States put its own citizens in concentration camps during WWII?

      This week, the U.S. remembers the thousands of American sailors and soldiers who were killed during the attack on Pearl Harbor on Dec. 7, 1941. Is it true that some West Coasters were forcibly relocated after the attack?

    • 10 Remarkable Exoplanets

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      10 Remarkable Exoplanets

      Astronomers have just announced the existence of an earthlike planet called Kepler 22-b, 600 light-years away from Earth. Take a look at 10 other cool planet discoveries.

    • Should you buy a tablet or an e-reader?

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      Should you buy a tablet or an e-reader?

      Apple recently reported to JP Morgan analysts that they aren't concerned about iPad competitors such as the Kindle Fire. These days, the latest tablets and e-readers allow you to read books and compute. So which device is best?

    • 5 Myths About Renewable Energy

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      5 Myths About Renewable Energy

      The World Petroleum Congress is meeting this week in Doha, Qatar, to address concerns about global warming and the need for cleaner energy. Not everyone is sold on this vision, so a number of myths about renewable energy persist.

    • If the polar ice caps melted, how much would the oceans rise?

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      If the polar ice caps melted, how much would the oceans rise?

      Recent studies show that the Arctic ice caps originated when there was a drop in carbon dioxide levels, reinforcing the notion that the current uptick governs global climate change. The polar ice caps continue to shrink due to global warming, but how much would the oceans rise if the ice caps melted completely?

    • Stuff You Should Know Video: Space, Sneezing & Yosemite Sam

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      Stuff You Should Know Video: Space, Sneezing & Yosemite Sam

      Join Josh and Chuck as they research the first animal in space, why people sneeze in bright sunlight and why in tarnation Yosemite Sam keeps popping up on the radio.

    • 10 Crazy Evil Spacecraft

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      10 Crazy Evil Spacecraft

      Plenty of them scare the pants off us, like the space hulks from the Warhammer 40K universe. If we ever glimpse one of these 10 malevolent starships entering the Earth's atmosphere, we will run screaming in the other direction. We promise.

    • 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?

    • Top 10 Game-changing Military Technologies

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      Top 10 Game-changing Military Technologies

      These 10 technologies changed war and the course of history as we know it. Some of these battlefield innovations, like adding grooves to gun barrels, are surprisingly simple. So what else made our list?

    • 10 Silly Inventions That Became Wildly Famous

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      10 Silly Inventions That Became Wildly Famous

      Have you ever seen a TV ad for a product that was just so silly, you had to laugh -- then the item became an overnight sensation? Sometimes, people embrace the funniest things. Which made our list?

    • 10 Misconceptions About GMOs

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      10 Misconceptions About GMOs

      Are genetically modified organisms (GMOs) really bad for the environment and your health or just victims of bad publicity? We'll look at the pros and cons of this controversial subject.

    • 10 Hallmarks of Assault Weapons — and What They Do

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      10 Hallmarks of Assault Weapons — and What They Do

      Do you know which features earn an ordinary firearm the "assault" label in the U.S.? There's more to that definition than just semi-automatic action.

    • 10 Things to Do Before You Wipe Your Computer

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      10 Things to Do Before You Wipe Your Computer

      You may think you got rid of your personal data before you donated your old computer, but how can you be sure without smashing your hard drive? We'll show you how.

    • Top 10 Simple Ways to Discourage Break-ins

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      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 of the Worst Decisions Ever Made

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      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 Longest-running TV Shows

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      10 Longest-running TV Shows

      Some TV shows are lucky to stick around for just one season, but these did that and then some. In fact, they’re the longest-running dramas and comedies in television history.

    • 10 Awesome New Inventions You'll Never Hear About

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      10 Awesome New Inventions You'll Never Hear About

      Despite all the Slinkies, Band-Aids and BIC pens out there, many patented inventions that push the boundaries of innovation will likely never see widespread use, like this car that’s grown organically and emits pure oxygen.

    • 10 Most Expensive Classic Cars

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      10 Most Expensive Classic Cars

      Gentlemen, start your checkbooks! These classic cars each have a history all their own and a price tag to blow your mind. The starting point is $6.9 million if you want one of these beauties parked in your garage.

    • Top 10 Myths About Apple

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      Top 10 Myths About Apple

      Apple is one of the most successful companies around -- and one of the most mysterious. Here, we consider and debunk 10 of the biggest myths surrounding this tech giant.

    • 10 Dangerous Everyday Things in Your Home

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      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 Really Smart People Who Did Really Dumb Things

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      10 Really Smart People Who Did Really Dumb Things

      Having a Ph.D., four stars on your general's uniform or a seat in the Oval Office won't necessarily stop you from doing things that make others want to whack you on the head with a "how could you?" Here are 10 who should've thought twice.

    • 10 Awesome Ad Campaigns You've Never Heard Of

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      10 Awesome Ad Campaigns You've Never Heard Of

      There's a lot of inventiveness and innovation in the advertising world these days. So much, in fact, that you could find amazing ad campaigns in places you've never been, for products you've never heard of. Here are 10 of the most awesome examples.

    • 10 Most Stressful Jobs in America

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      10 Most Stressful Jobs in America

      Unemployment can cause stress, but some jobs are stressful, too. The next time you find yourself sweating over some deadline, remember that some people get paid to risk their lives -- or save the lives of others -- every single day.

    • 10 'Harmless' Things You Should Really Wash Your Hands After Touching

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      10 'Harmless' Things You Should Really Wash Your Hands After Touching

      Of course you wash your hands after you use the restroom or work the room at a networking event. But what about after you play beer pong? Or cuddle a duckling?

    • 10 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Stephen Hawking

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      10 Cool Things You Didn't Know About Stephen Hawking

      He was born exactly 300 years after Galileo died. He has yet to be awarded a Nobel Prize, although he was awarded a guest spot on “The Simpsons.” What else do you know (or not know) about this acclaimed physicist?

    • 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 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.

    • 9 Things Invented or Discovered by Accident

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      9 Things Invented or Discovered by Accident

      From potato chips to cornflakes, many of the things we consume today were not created by design. The inventors are often held in high regard, but their achievements were really just strange twists of fate.

    • 10 Off-the-wall iPhone Apps

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      10 Off-the-wall iPhone Apps

      There are thousands of apps for the iPhone, and they let you do everything from play games to keep up with stock prices. Some of them are real head-scratchers, though. Do you use any of these weird apps?

    • 10 Oldest Known Diseases

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      10 Oldest Known Diseases

      There are some diseases that we associate with past centuries, such as the Black Death. But the plague is a relative newcomer compared to some of these ancient illnesses.

    • 10 Tips for Telling Fact From Fiction

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      10 Tips for Telling Fact From Fiction

      You know you can't believe everything you see or hear. But between the misinformation on the Internet and our natural propensity to believe what we're told, it can be hard to tell fact from fiction. Here are 10 ways to avoid being conned.

    • 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.

    • The Science of Sex

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      The Science of Sex

      Of all human activities, sex is possibly the ultimate mind-body experience. Which senses and body parts -- from head to toe -- does male and female sexual attraction engage?

    • Image Gallery: Get Connected to the Internet

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      Image Gallery: Get Connected to the Internet

      Your options for getting online are myriad, and the technology is ever-evolving. Learn about modems, cables, WiFi and hotspots in vehicles with images of Internet connection tech.

    • Bermuda Triangle Pictures

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      Bermuda Triangle Pictures

      The Bermuda Triangle is an area in the Atlantic Ocean that has baffled scientists due to the high number of ship and plane crashes in the area. Delve into the disasters and the lore of this mysterious location.

    • Greatest Tech Masterminds of All Time

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      Greatest Tech Masterminds of All Time

      These techno-wizards shaped our world with their inventions and ideas. Get to know some of our favorite tech masterminds, from Babbage, Turing and Lovelace to their modern equivalents.

    • Hot Rod Pictures

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      Hot Rod Pictures

      Vroom vroom! Hot rods went from a California fad in the 1930s and 1940s to a nationwide trend in the 1950s. Cruise through these hot rod photos and check out some rat rods along the way.

    • Men of War Image Gallery

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      Men of War Image Gallery

      Becoming famous through war is nothing new -- many military men have been lauded and feared throughout history. Many have had long political careers as well. We’ve collected photos of leaders -- from Caesar to MacArthur -- who have been characterized as both heroes and villains.

    • TV Evolution Pictures

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      TV Evolution Pictures

      TVs have come a long way since the early days. Tune in to see how televisions have evolved from the clunky sets of the 1940s to today’s streamlined, Internet-accessing units.

    • Timeline of Civil Rights

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      Timeline of Civil Rights

      What do civil rights mean to you? Ultimately they represent freedom -- the freedom to live your life without being repressed or discriminated against by either the government or private institutions. See a visual chronicle of the Civil Rights movement.

    • Watch Your Six: Military Jet Pictures

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      Watch Your Six: Military Jet Pictures

      Jets are one of the best tools that a military has at its disposal. They’re fast, fierce and effective. From reconnaissance to target engagement, these aircraft are 10 sophisticated assets.

    • Interactive Gallery: How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

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      Interactive Gallery: How to Build an Outdoor Kitchen

      Cooking out on the grill is a favorite part of summer, but true foodies want to take their outdoor culinary masterpieces to the next level. Get a full menu of tips and tricks for turning your backyard into five-star chef’s kitchen.

    • Battery Pictures

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      Battery Pictures

      Batteries power innumerable objects in our world and are becoming more "green" every day. Take a look at the history, technologies and environmental concerns surrounding these everyday powerhouses.

    • Costumes 101 Pictures

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      Costumes 101 Pictures

      They're at every sci-fi convention and Halloween party -- those people who always have the most amazing, original costumes. Learn the basics of building a costume and find out what it takes to do well in costume competitions.

    • Image Gallery: Nuclear Meltdown Disasters

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      Image Gallery: Nuclear Meltdown Disasters

      Nuclear power, for the most part, is a clean, alternative energy source, but nuclear meltdowns and disasters cause people to question the safety of the technology. See pictures of some of the most catastrophic nuclear meltdowns.

    • Hidden Home Dangers Pictures

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      Hidden Home Dangers Pictures

      Some home dangers aren't as obvious as others. Asbestos, lead and even urea-formaldehyde used as a resin could be in your home right now. Gas mask, anyone?

    • 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?

    • Nuclear Power Pictures

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      Nuclear Power Pictures

      Nuclear power stands as one of humanity's greatest scientific achievements, as well as one of the greatest risks to its self-extermination. This collection of images highlights some of the main features of nuclear power.

    • India's Karni Mata Rat Temple

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      India's Karni Mata Rat Temple

      The temple to Karni Mata in India is home to 20,000 rats. According to believers, these rats are reincarnated members of Karni Mata's clan ... and she herself was the reincarnation of the goddess Durga.

    • Tinnovation Pictures

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      Tinnovation Pictures

      If you don’t know what tinnovation is, prepare to be amazed. These photos feature neat hacks that turn mere Altoid tins into utility items and art.

    • Interactive Gallery: How to Build a Patio

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      Interactive Gallery: How to Build a Patio

      Patios don’t have to be boring slabs of concrete. From design to décor, these interactive tips will give you the know-how to create an outdoor room for all your relaxing and entertaining needs.

    • 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.

    • Steve Jobs: Life in Pictures

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      Steve Jobs: Life in Pictures

      Steve Jobs changed the technology industry and our relationship with computers forever. Take a look at these pictures to learn about the life and success of this eccentric, enigmatic visionary.

    • Computer Hardware Pictures

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      Computer Hardware Pictures

      Are you curious about what's inside your computer? Browse through these computer hardware pictures and take a tour of your PC, from RAM to hard drives and everything in between.

    • Six Strings and Git-fiddles: Guitars and Their Players

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      Six Strings and Git-fiddles: Guitars and Their Players

      Gibson and Fender became household names thanks to legendary musicians like Hendrix. Strum through this collection of photos to see some of these famous guitarists and their instruments of choice.

    • 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.

    • "Everyone Says It So It Must Be True": The Pseudoscience Quiz

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      "Everyone Says It So It Must Be True": The Pseudoscience Quiz

      We have an astonishing capacity to accept scientific-sounding concepts if we hear them repeatedly. Test your ability to differentiate between real science and “common knowledge” falsehoods.

    • You're Saying It Wrong: The Misquote Quiz

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      You're Saying It Wrong: The Misquote Quiz

      From famous speeches to song lyrics, there's no shortage of well-known quotes. There is, however, a shortage of people who actually get them right. How well do you know these famous quotations? Maybe not as well as you think.

    • Ultimate Classic Toys Quiz

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      Ultimate Classic Toys Quiz

      Does the thought of an Etch-A-Sketch bring a smile to your face? Know your facts about Silly Putty, the Hula Hoop, Barbie and G.I. Joe? Rev up your Hot Wheels and test how much you really know about these childhood classics.

    • How super are superconductors?

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      How super are superconductors?

      In physics, you can’t get something for nothing, but superconductors offer the hope of someday breaking even. Getting them to live up to their potential has given scientists more than a few headaches in the years since they were discovered. Let’s see how much you know about these wonders of electromagnetism.

    • Where's My Flying Car? Futuristic Travel Through the Ages

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      Where's My Flying Car? Futuristic Travel Through the Ages

      We’re not exactly living like the Jetsons yet, but flying cars and pneumatic tube travel have always been on our radar. Test your know-how about futuristic travel trends -- it’s a trip!

    • Fact or Fiction: Hollywood vs. History

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      Fact or Fiction: Hollywood vs. History

      Did you learn most of your history from the silver screen? If so, you might want to fact-check a few things. Test your real history knowledge by separating the real story from cinema inaccuracies.

    • Would you lose it all if you won the lottery?

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      Would you lose it all if you won the lottery?

      Hooray, you’ve won the lottery! Sayonara cash-strapped days, hello multimillion-dollar payout! Can you manage to hang on to your winnings, or will you become a lottery loser?

    • Do you know how to stay wired in the wild?

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      Do you know how to stay wired in the wild?

      If you love to camp out but can't stand the thought of being away from the Internet for any length of time, this quiz is for you. See how much you know about finding mobile hotspots, boosting your wireless signal and using equipment that will keep you connected, even in the remotest regions.

    • Slow Is Smooth, Smooth Is Fast: Military Sniper Quiz

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      Slow Is Smooth, Smooth Is Fast: Military Sniper Quiz

      Military snipers have been great fodder for video games and movies, and they're just as interesting in reality. Test out your aim here on Stuff You Should Know's military sniper quiz.

    • How well do you know Albert Einstein?

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      How well do you know Albert Einstein?

      Albert Einstein was a pretty smart guy. When you look up the word "genius" in the dictionary, so the saying goes, it's a pretty safe bet you'll see Einstein's mug. Think you’re smart enough to take on a quiz about the famed thinker?

    • Quiz: Are you smarter than Barack Obama?

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      Quiz: Are you smarter than Barack Obama?

      The 44th U.S. president graduated from Harvard Law School and won the Nobel Peace Prize, but there's a chance you might know something he doesn't. A slight one. Take this quiz to find out.

    • The Ultimate Survival Skills Quiz

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      The Ultimate Survival Skills Quiz

      Being stranded in the wilderness may make for a good movie, but in reality, it's a harrowing experience. Staying alive may require you to build a shelter, start a fire and even eat bugs for nourishment. Can you survive this quiz?

    • How much do you know about polyamory?

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      How much do you know about polyamory?

      Is it really possible to love more than one person? People who practice polyamory think so. Find out how much you know about relationships that break the monogamy barrier.

    • Fact or Fiction: Composting

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      Fact or Fiction: Composting

      The average American household throws away 470 pounds of food waste every year. Sure, composting is the responsible thing to do, but isn't it complicated and labor-intensive? Doesn't it stink up your yard? Take our quiz and find out.

    • HR Fail! You said what at your job interview?

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      HR Fail! You said what at your job interview?

      Should you bring your mother to a job interview? Should you ask whether a company drug tests its employees? If you answered yes to either of these questions, you need to brush up on you job interview etiquette.

    • Celebrity Deaths and Autopsies Quiz

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      Celebrity Deaths and Autopsies Quiz

      When a celebrity dies, it makes news, especially when there are questions about the cause. Are you steeped in the news of autopsy results and the mortality of famous people? Answer these questions to see if you know the real scoop.

    • Stuff You Should Know's Nicotine Quiz

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      Stuff You Should Know's Nicotine Quiz

      If you're an American and you're reading this, then there's about a 30 percent chance you're addicted to nicotine. If you listened to this podcast, then you should have no problem scoring well.

    • Car Smarts: Engines

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      Car Smarts: Engines

      It's under the hood of every car, truck and SUV (unless the vehicle is electric), but how many people really know how an engine works? Do you know a spark plug from a fuel injector? Test your auto smarts in our engine quiz.

    • Apple Boot Camp Quiz: Drop and give me 20 (GB)!

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      Apple Boot Camp Quiz: Drop and give me 20 (GB)!

      Boot Camp makes it possible for you to run both Mac OS X and Microsoft Windows on Mac computers. Think you know how to navigate both systems at once? Lace up your (digital) combat boots and show your knowledge.

    • Quiz: When is the cheapest time to fly?

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      Quiz: When is the cheapest time to fly?

      The cost of airfare shouldn’t keep you homebound. But do you know how to time your travels to save cash on your adventures? Return all tray tables to the upright position and answer these questions to find the best airline deals.

    • Travel the World: 50 States

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      Travel the World: 50 States

      America is a big ole place. Did you know that there are 50 states that constitute the U.S.? That question is about as easy as it's going to get on this quiz, so it’s time to see if your smarts go deeper.

    • Tact Test: How good are you at delivering feedback?

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      Tact Test: How good are you at delivering feedback?

      There's nothing worse than talking to a proverbial brick wall. If you're a teacher or professor who grades student or employee performance, take our quiz to gauge your effectiveness. You may just get schooled.

    • How quickly could you change a tire?

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      How quickly could you change a tire?

      Changing a tire can be tricky if you don't know what you're doing. Get your tire iron and jack and see if you’re ready for roadside change-ups.

    • Are you a vampire?

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      Are you a vampire?

      Have you been feeling a little off lately? Like maybe something's not quite right? Ordering your steaks extra, extra bloody? If you score above a 15 in this quiz, you might want to avoid holy water and garlicky foods for quite some time, or, you know, an eternity.

    • Culture Puzzles

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      Culture Puzzles

      Remember disco and leisure suits? Ever twirl a Hula-Hoop or fold a paper crane? Fads and traditions like these help to define a culture or era. How quickly can you complete these people and culture puzzles?

    • Word Search 2

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      Word Search 2

      It's the master of all word search games! Ten exciting levels and numerous categories make this an addicting game.

    • Alu's Revenge

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      Alu's Revenge

      In Alu's Revenge, stacked stones continue to fall as you use your quick wits and speedy strategy to open the tomb and reveal the jewels inside.

    • Adventure Puzzles

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      Adventure Puzzles

      Whether you're into extreme sports, wilderness survival or good old-fashioned jet-setting, explore the planet as you make the pieces of these adventure puzzles fall into place.

    • Science Puzzles

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      Science Puzzles

      From beneath the Earth's crust to the farthest reaches of outer space, explore your world as you piece together these science puzzles.

    • Baseball: Hit 'Em High

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      Baseball: Hit 'Em High

      Ever dream of making it up to the major leagues as a power hitter? Now you can get plenty of practice as you try to knock the ball out of the park in this ultimate batting game!

    • Word Bubbles

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      Word Bubbles

      The Word Bubbles Game will challenge your verbal agility and put your vocabulary and memory to the test. How many words can you come up with?

    • Color Match

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      Color Match

      Put on your sweatbands and get ready to train your brain! Improve your concentration by matching words and colors in the Color Match game.

    • Bike Build Game

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      Bike Build Game

      If you've ever wanted to build a bike from scratch, you're not alone. Try your hand at piecing together this motorcycle in the Bike Build Game. Once you have everything in place, you can see the real thing!

    • Home & Garden Puzzles

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      Home & Garden Puzzles

      Looking for your next DIY home and garden project? Try these home and garden puzzles and you might find fun and inspiration.

    • History Puzzles

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      History Puzzles

      From ancient civilizations to modern political movements, royals to revolutionaries, explore our past in these history puzzles.

    • Money Puzzles

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      Money Puzzles

      Thinking about business and money may not always be fun and relaxing, but these puzzles are sure to provide a nice distraction from the stress of your economic woes. How quickly can you piece together these money puzzles?

    • Lost in Migration

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      Lost in Migration

      Can you keep up with the flock? Do you remember in which direction it was heading? Exercise your brain and your attention span with Lost in Migration.

    • Speed Match

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      Speed Match

      Speed Match may help you to think faster and improve your reaction time. All you have to do is remember and compare the symbols flashing on your screen in this fast-paced matching game.

    • Cannon Challenge

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      Cannon Challenge

      Take charge of your own Non-Line-of-Sight (NLOS) Cannon, the revolutionary gun that represents the future of U.S. Field Artillery.

    • Mahjongg Garden

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      Mahjongg Garden

      Enjoy a classic and relaxing game of mahjongg with beautiful tiles and unique stages.

    • Currency Puzzles

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      Currency Puzzles

      You're great at spending it. Now let's see how expert you are turning all these puzzle pieces into a pile of cash. Ready, set, windfall!

    • Volcano Explorer

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      Volcano Explorer

      Volcanoes are pressure valves that release energy from deep within the Earth. Learn about different types of volcanoes and create your own virtual volcano with the Volcano Explorer. It may be the closest you ever get to playing with one.

    • Electronics Puzzles

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      Electronics Puzzles

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      Memory Matrix

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      Mahjongg Dimensions

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      Geography Puzzles

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    • Raindrops Game

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      Raindrops Game

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      Sport Fishing

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      Kritter Krawler

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      Monkey Gems

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Which of the following abandoned settlements experienced an extraordinary drought despite its proximity to the ocean?

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