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Zidbits – Learn something new everyday! | September 22, 2014

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How Long Can You Live Off The Fat In Your Body?

June 12, 2013 |

Our digestive system converts the food we eat into energy which our body uses to keep itself going.

The surplus or extra energy which we don’t use gets converted to body fat. Our body fat can then be converted … Read More

Does Drinking Something Hot On A Hot Day Cool You Down?

May 7, 2013 | 2

One common factoid that has been circulating the internet recently is that drinking a hot beverage on a hot day will cool you down. Is there any science behind this seemingly counterintuitive claim?Read More

What Causes Spontaneous Ringing In Our Ears?

February 26, 2013 | 12

It happens to everyone. All of the sudden, with no warning or apparent cause, one or both of your ears starts to ring. A seemingly high pitched sound that can be distracting at times.Read More

Why Are We Ticklish?

May 6, 2012 | 1

For some, tickling can produce laughter through an anticipation of pleasure. For others, tickling is incredibly uncomfortable and can send a person’s mind into a state of panic. Today, we explore the science behind tickling.Read More

Does Gargling With Salt Water Actually Help A Sore Throat?

November 25, 2011 |

Gargling with salt water is often suggested in home remedy books, online and perhaps by your mother to help with sore or infected throats. Does it really help or is it an old wives tale? Let’s find out.Read More

Is Salt Bad For You?

November 5, 2011 |

We like debunking widely spread myths. We also like confirming things people believe to be myths. With some topics however, the answer lies somewhere in between. Where does salt lie? Many food products are “sodium free” and advertised as healthier. Is there any truth to this? Is salt really that bad for you?Read More

Does Cracking Your Knuckles Increase Your Risk Of Arthritis?

September 22, 2011 | 2

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.Read More

Does It Really Take More Muscles To Frown Than To Smile?

September 20, 2011 | 3

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?Read More

What Is The Opposite Of Deja Vu?

August 21, 2011 | 2

Almost everyone has experienced it at one point in their lives – a feeling like you’ve done something or have been somewhere before. That the events playing out at that exact moment have already happened. That feeling is called “Deja vu”. Does Deja vu have an opposite? Let’s find out.Read More

Why Do Fingers Wrinkle Or ‘Prune’ In Water?

July 21, 2011 |

When exposed to water for an extended period of time, our toes and fingers will wrinkle or ‘prune’ up. A short while out of the water and they’re back to normal again. Today we’re going to explore why this happens.Read More

How Does Sunscreen Work?

July 11, 2011 |

Sunscreen (also known as sunblock, sun lotion, or sun cream) is a must for anyone who is going to be out in the sun for an extended period of time. Today we explore the science behind sunscreen and clear up some common misconceptions about how it actually works.Read More

What Is Asbestos And Why Was It Banned?

June 21, 2011 |

Despite the majority of people knowing that asbestos is bad, was banned and it can cause mesothelioma, you might be surprised to learn that not many know what it actually is and why it was banned.Read More