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Did the Brontosaurus Exist?

The Brontosaurus technically hasn't existed in the living/breathing sense of the word for 150 million years. But did it ever exist? Was this iconic dinosaur the result of misclassification?

Why is Bird Poop White?

Bird poop: It’s the bane of cars, statues, awnings and occasional hapless pedestrians across the world. But what is this stuff anyway? Why does it look so unnatural? Why is it white?

Can Your Eyes Pop Out Of Your Head When You Sneeze?

You’ve heard that if you can keep your eyes open during a sneeze, you’ll be rewarded with the sensation of both eyeballs popping out of their sockets. Is that true?

How Crowds Can Kill You

People mean well, but in high-density situations we begin to risk our safety. Learn how a crowd can turn into a deadly disaster.

How Does Agoraphobia Work?

Agoraphobia is a complicated and difficult psychological condition that is easily misunderstood. Learn about life with agoraphobia in this episode of BrainStuff.

How Do Fire Extinguishers Work?

Fire extinguishers are nearly ubiquitous, and they can be an invaluable, life-saving device. But what’s inside those little red cylinders, and how does it stop a fire?

Do Juice Cleanses Work?

Juice cleanses are all the rage. But do they actually provide any health benefits? Christian explains.

What Is The Dwarf Planet Ceres?

What Is The Dwarf Planet Ceres?

Why Does Coffee Make You Have To Poop?

Christian explains why coffee makes many people have to go to the bathroom.

How Does The Placebo Effect Work?

A placebo is a phony drug used to test the efficacy of real drugs in clinical trials… but here’s the weird part. Sometimes, placebos can make patients better. How? Why?

How Do Antiperspirants Work?

Every day, millions of people safeguard themselves against excessive sweat with a quick roll of antiperspirant. But what does this stuff do, exactly?

Can You Reach The End of a Rainbow?

The end of the rainbow may be the best place to raid a leprechaun stash, but it proves a strangely difficult destination to reach. Christian explains why you can’t get there, and why there really isn’t even a a “there” there.

Why Are Some People Afraid of Clowns?

Clowns are usually brightly-colored, goofy, raucous characters designed to be the life of any party. However, it’s no secret that they’re not universally adored. In fact, some people find clowns downright frightening. But why?

Is a "Dog Year" Really 7 Years?

You may have heard that dogs age differently than humans. But is it true? Get the facts on your pooch without having that ever-awkward “so… how old are you really?” conversation.

How Does Jet Lag Work?

Yeah, your sleeping pattern gets screwy when you fly to different time zones. But what are the symptoms of jet lag? What causes it? And how can you remedy it?

Why Does The Shower Get Hot When The Toilet Is Flushed?

Were you burned the last time someone flushed the toilet while you were showering? It's a simple plumbing fix.

How Do You Find Water In The Wild?

In case you ever get stranded in the wild without an obvious source of fresh water, here are a few things you can do to collect some.

What Are Eye Boogers?

The gunk builds up at the inner corners of our eyes is residue of the stuff the coats and protects our eyeballs all the time. Learn what it’s made of and why it turns to sand overnight.

Why Do We Get Morning Breath?

Every morning we wake up with bad breath. What does bacteria and a lack of saliva have to do with it?

Do Animals Laugh?

It’s no secret that some animal species are highly intelligent – but do they also “get” jokes? Can they laugh? Are laughter and intelligence even related?