Prunes—the shiny, sweet dried fruits—are both exploited and ridiculed for their laxative properties. But do they really make you poop?
The period of scientific, artistic, and political revolutions isn’t known as the “Age of Reason” for nothing.
Some people can drink a lot of wine without ill effect. Others are on the couch after a glass. Science might know why.
‘Doctor Who’ has featured hostile aliens using advanced technology to attack Earth since the BBC show premiered back in 1963.
These animals are elusive, and much about them remains mysterious—but here are a few things we do know.
Considering how familiar we all are with the human body—since we all have one—there is a surprising number of enduring myths about it.
In this episode of Misconceptions, host Justin Dodd thaws out a few myths about the ice age, from the idea that Earth was once frozen solid to what actually caused the mammoths’ extinction.
In the 1840s, Ada Lovelace wrote the world’s first machine algorithm for an early computer that existed only on paper.
Climate can cause a big difference in how much hair a lion grows.
Jupiter at opposition is the best time of year to see the solar system’s largest planet in the night sky.
There's new insight into the reasons we're not down with clowns.
Here’s your introduction to this legendary, (maybe?) extinct avian—and a look-alike species that might be the source of all the rumors.
Weird but fascinating facts about everything from the guy who dragged cars with his nipples to frogs shedding (and eating!) their own skin.
In this episode of Misconceptions, host Justin Dodd debunks some myths about these great beasts of the ocean, from whether punching them in the nose is a valid defense tactic to the events that inspired 'Jaws.'
Only three bat species, out of some 1100 in the world, actually have a taste for blood.
Caves and volcanoes don’t often go hand-in-hand in our imaginations, but the second most common type of cave in the world is made from the power of volcanoes.
The ancient art of sword swallowing may seem like some sort of elaborate trick—but it’s very, very real (and very, very dangerous).
The Carolina Reaper used to be the hottest pepper in the world—but it just got dethroned by its own offspring.
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.
No, your fingernails don't keep growing after death. Here are 29 other amazing facts about your final exit.
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?
Some 19th-century scientists embraced psychical research, while others tried to debunk the sensational stories.