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BrainStuff: How Do Farts Work?
Sure, flatulence is embarrassing. But why do we do it?
BrainStuff: 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?
BrainStuff: Why Does Spicy Food Make Your Nose Run?
If you’ve ever had a cold or been congested, someone may have recommended that you treat yourself to some spicy food. But why? What is it about spicy food that turns people into snot spouts?
BrainStuff: What Is Sick Building Syndrome?
The EPA says it’s a real thing, so maybe it’s time to learn how ventilation and contaminants can make you sick when you stay indoors.
BrainStuff: 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.
BrainStuff: How Does Caffeine Wake You Up?
When you get coffee jitters, caffeine has tricked your brain into anticipating danger. Lauren explains how it works.
BrainStuff: Why Do I Need A Passport To Travel?
For the vast majority of international travelers, a passport is a necessity. But why?
BrainStuff: Is WiFi Safe?
You've probably heard that wireless internet (WiFi) is dangerous. But is it true? Lauren breaks it down.
BrainStuff: Why Do People In Old Movies Talk Weird?
It’s not quite British, and it’s not quite American – so what gives? Why do all those actors of yesteryear have such a distinct and strange accent?
How Fuel Efficient Is An Airplane?
How much fuel does a 747 need to complete an international flight? How efficient are these aircraft? Join Cristen as she asks how much fuel an international flight actually uses.
BrainStuff: How Does Bread Rise?
Lauren explores what's actually happening when we make bread. Hint: It involves plenty of yeast, trapping carbon dioxide and linking gluten molecules.
BrainStuff: Why Can't People Remember Being Born?
You probably remember your 18th birthday, but not your first – or your zeroth. Why is that?
BrainStuff: Why Don't All Skeletons Become Fossils?
Skeletons of ancient animals sometimes become fossilized. But if this happened to every animal that ever lived, wouldn’t we be swimming in a sea of fossils right now? Brainstuff explains why only a fraction of animal bones turn into fossils.
BrainStuff: How To Forage For Edible Plants
When the world ends, how will you know which plants you can eat and which will poison you dead?
BrainStuff: 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?
BrainStuff: Do You Really Need To Wash Your Jeans?
You might have heard this odd advice from fashion gurus before – “don’t wash your jeans!” But why? Is it real advice, or just a prank pulled on unsuspecting, dim-witted denim rubes?
BrainStuff: Do Juice Cleanses Actually Work?
Juice cleanses are all the rage. But do they actually provide any health benefits? Cristen explains.
BrainStuff: How Long Can Fingernails Grow?
Josh gets to the bottom of a question we've all had at some point in our lives: how long would your fingernails grow if you stopped cutting them completely?