What is a placebo? Technically, a Latin phrase meaning ‘I will please.’ It’s also a Catholic prayer and a clever insult.
The "creme" in Oreo cookies isn't really cream at all, but does that make Oreos vegan? The answer is complicated.
The difference between misinformation and disinformation boils down to the intent behind it (or lack thereof). Plus, a handy trick for knowing which term to use when the time comes.
The ancient art of sword swallowing may seem like some sort of elaborate trick—but it’s very, very real (and very, very dangerous).
You’re watching a scary movie or the music swells during your favorite song—the shiver up and down your spine is your body responding to a range of emotions.
One theory suggests that we call liquor 'spirits' because of alcohol’s association with one spirit in particular: the Holy Spirit. But there are other theories.
Their (often literal) blood feud is a relatively modern creation. So how did vampires and werewolves end up at each other’s throats?
You know planes cover hundreds of miles per hour. So why doesn't it look like they do?
Some denim devotees never wash. Others find that disgusting. The head of Levi's weighs in.
If you were an 18th-century settler in Australia with no knowledge of marsupials, you just might decide to call a koala a ‘bear,’ right?
The answer lies in their chromosomal makeup.
If linguistics is any indicator, it would appear that everybody in the spirit realm speaks Scots English.
The origins of the phrase (indirectly) involve smelly cabbage, Donald Duck, and several Canadian journalists.
Nowadays, we use jones to express an intense craving for something. But it used to refer specifically to drugs.
Earth may be the most precious place we have, but it isn't priceless. We know because one scientist did the math.
As is often the case when you look back into history, there’s more than one possible answer. But one of the leading contenders has a fairly predictable culprit: the Puritans.
Prepared horseradish and horseradish sauce aren’t the same thing.
Technically, it’s not. Connecticut’s “official nickname” is the “Constitution State.”
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