Archives for September 2011

Monthly Archives: September 2011

Why don't we sneeze in our sleep?
Fun Facts

The average person spends 1/3rd of his or her life sleeping. It's quite a sizable portion of our lifetime. So why is it that we never sneeze while we're unconscious? Or do we? Today we explore this little life mystery. ...
Arthritis and cracking knuckles

A popular factoid, often told to those who like to crack their knuckles, is that cracking your knuckles repeatedly can or will cause arthritis years down the road. Is there any truth or scientific backing to this claim? Today we find out. ...
Earth doesn't orbit sun - barycenter

You were taught that earth and other planets in our solar system orbit the sun, and that our solar system orbits the center of the Milky Way. Did your science teacher have it wrong? Is everything you've learned about general relativity and gravity wrong? ...
Smile and Frown Muscles

It's a common phrase used in an attempt to change the mood of a potentially unhappy person or to invoke optimism. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. But is the saying true? Does it really take more muscles to frown than to smile? ...
Chicken or the egg?

Often used a causality dilemma in philosophy and theology, it seems that at least in the context of science, there may be an answer. Which came first, the chicken or the egg? ...
Why Do Cats Love Catnip?
Fun Facts

Cats go crazy for catnip. They will get excited, drool and frolic around when in its presence. Some claim the cats get intoxicated or 'high' off the smell. But why? And are they really getting 'high' off the scent? ...
Wedding rice and Birds
Fun Facts

A popular tale, usually told at weddings, is that rice can cause birds to explode if they consume it. Is there any science to back up this claim or is it just an urban legend? Today we find out. ...
Can a Cockroach Survive Nuclear Winter?

Cockroaches are disgusting and can make even the hardiest people squeamish. They can live in your walls, your cupboards, pantries, and they reproduce like mad. It is often said cockroaches are so robust that they can even survive a nuclear winter. Is there any truth to this? ...