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Let Kids Lose! Scientists Say It Helps Children Learn Better Judgment

Throwing games to make kids happy may negatively affect their ability to make important decisions — even if it does boost their self-esteem.

Your Feet Can Taste Garlic

After you try this pungent party trick, you'll never doubt the power of garlic.

Bodybuilders Injecting Themselves With Cooking Oils Now Apparently a Thing

According to doctors, injecting cooking oil into your muscles to make them appear larger does not work, could possibly kill you.

How Foreign Accent Syndrome Works

Are patients actually developing a foreign accent, or has something else gone haywire?

What Makes That Person Creepy?

John Turturro played one to perfection in "The Big Lebowski." The guys from Stuff to Blow Your Mind investigate how people become creepy.

For Teen Twins, Bad Behavior Can Be Contagious

One bad apple may indeed spoil the whole bunch, especially if it's a bunch of adolescent siblings and one of them is delinquent.

Why Locking Eyes During a Conversation Is So Difficult

Breaking eye contact during conversation doesn't necessarily mean we're insecure — it means we're human.

Shotgun Marriages Are on the Rise — And in Surprising Places

You may have thought shotgun marriages died out following the era of peace, free love and rock 'n' roll, but in some groups, they're actually rising.

No, Really — Who Gets Control of the Armrest?

Being stuck in the middle seat on a long flight — or any flight — stinks. But does that entitle the middle-seater to the armrests? We asked an etiquette expert.

Small Lies Build Up the Brain's Tolerance for Being Dishonest

Stay honest! The more little white lies we tell, the more likely our brains feel O.K. about telling big, fat whoppers, a new study finds.

Which Country Is the Most Empathetic? (Hint: It's Not the U.S.)

The results of a worldwide survey on empathy are in and it's full of surprises.

Too Tense to Poop? It Happens to a Lot of Women

What is the connection between women's brains and their bowels?

Living in Racist Community Linked to Health Issues for Blacks, Whites Alike

Living in racially hostile societies has been connected to the circulatory and cardiac health of both blacks and white.

How Fever Dreams Work

They're not hallucinations, but they're not just regular nightmares, either.

What's Up With Women Being Expected to Smile All the Time?

Nice girls always smile, according to Western gender norms, but embracing 'Resting Bitch Face' could be good for gender equality.

Why You Hate the Weird Sound of Your Own Voice

The reason why cringe when you hear your weird, terrible, monstrous voice? It all has to do with physics, biology and sonics.

Psychologists Prove a 'Superman' Disguise Could Actually Fool People

Want to hide in plain sight? It may be easier than you think.

Women With Autism Aren't Getting Diagnosed

But the Twitter hashtag #SheCantBeAutistic started by Guardian columnist Nicola Clark is trying to bring attention to the issue, one tweet at a time.

Got a Backup Plan? Think About Ditching It

Yep, that backup plan may be getting in the way of you achieving your dream.

How Much Pee Is in Your Pool?

Urine for a shock when you learn how much pee is in the average public pool. Even Olympic swimmers admit to peeing in the pool -- just like you and me.

HowStuffWorks: How did we get to an opioid epidemic?

What are the factors that lead to an opioid epidemic, and what are the solutions?

HowStuffWorks: What is Jessie’s Law?

What is Jessie's Law, and why might it help the opioid epidemic?

The Unexpected Reason Why the Smartest People Are OK With Alone Time

Understanding prehistoric societies explains why most people are happiest in small groups — but some of us break from the norm with cities and solitude alike.

9 Hangover Cures From Around the World

Just about every nation and culture has its own special alcoholic beverage — and its own hangover cure. Some may actually work while others may just make you sicker. Which one of these will you try?

Why Don't We Notice We're Blinking?

We blink our eyes so often, yet we usually don’t perceive that the world has gone dark, if only for a microsecond. Why is that?

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