8 Reasons Future Generations Will Consider Us Barbarians

Long ago, people were dirty and mean and ignorant. They would crap in a bucket and throw it in the river. They would burn people alive if they wanted them to die, and tell them swallow mercury if they wanted them to live. They were barbarians, in other words. Here are eight reasons why future generations will see us… » 4/24/15 10:10am Friday 10:10am

Blue Food Coloring Could Be Better For You Than You Ever Imagined

Coomassie Brilliant Blue, or Brilliant Blue G, is a dye first manufactured in 1913 as a way of staining cloth. Over time, and with testing, it made the jump to food. Is it bad for you? No. In fact, it’s so good that doctors may one day use it to treat spinal cord injuries. » 4/23/15 1:20pm Thursday 1:20pm

It Finally Happened On Arrow, And It Was Awesome

During the flashback in last night’s episode, “The Fallen,” a deadly bioweapon is released because of Ollie’s butterfingers and no one cares. No one cares, because the A-plot gives us something we’ve been waiting for. Hell, we’ve been dying for it. But never in a million years did we think it would happen like this.
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Top 10 Most Horribly Mistreated First Wives In Gothic Fiction

In Gothic fiction, it never pays to be the first wife. The things these women go through are awful, and are made worse by the fact they usually end up as the backdrop of someone else’s story. Here’s our ranking of the 10 Gothic first wives who suffered the most — and what you can learn from them. » 4/22/15 10:17am Wednesday 10:17am

This Food Psychology Experiment Was Nearly Foiled By Chronic Politeness

Psychology experiments have to straddle the line between letting people act naturally, and forcing them to act out an extremely specific situation. Sometimes that doesn’t work out. Here’s an experiment that drove psychologists crazy. Why? Because they underestimated the politeness of Minnesotans. » 4/21/15 4:40pm Tuesday 4:40pm

Here's What Really Happens When You Force-Feed Someone

The American Medical Association and the Red Cross both condemn force-feeding as a form of torture. And yet, the U.S. government and the United Nations have both force-fed hunger-striking prisoners. The real problem? Most people probably don’t realize how complicated force-feeding is, and how much can go wrong. » 4/21/15 11:20am Tuesday 11:20am

The Invention Of Lobotomies Is As Disturbing As The Procedure

If the history of lobotomy itself weren’t infuriating and horrifying by itself, the development of the procedure would be. Because the experiment that gave Antonio Egas Moniz the idea for the lobotomy in the first place was actually a partial failure, yet Moniz chose to focus on the “positive.” » 4/20/15 6:30am 4/20/15 6:30am

Have You Been Struck By "Pine Mouth"?

I’ve avoided pine nuts since the first time I had them. That’s because a few hours after snacking on them, I noticed that my mouth tasted like I’d been eating old engine parts that had been soaked in ammonia. Everything, including my own breath, tasted metallic and bitter. I figured I was mildly allergic. I was wrong.
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A Very Simple Property Of Sugar Can Save (Or Ruin) Your Food

Why does everything have sugar in it? It isn't just in there because it tastes good. If that were all sugar had to offer, it would be added to far fewer products. As it is, sugar is added to things that aren't like leather, concrete and hand lotion. Why? Because it is hygroscopic. » 4/17/15 6:30am 4/17/15 6:30am