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Zidbits – Learn something new everyday! | November 1, 2014

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Does Honey Really Last Forever?

July 30, 2013 | 8

It can be found under Snapple lids, heard on trivia shows, or read about in a chain emails forwarded to you by relatives. That claim is that honey is the only food that cannot not spoil. Is there any truth to this? Does honey really last forever?Read More

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

What Causes Spontaneous Ringing In Our Ears?

February 26, 2013 | 13

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

What’s That Sound You Hear When You Shut Your Eyes Tightly?

December 18, 2011 | 6

It’s the sound that usually occurs when you shut your eyes tightly or flex your jaw muscles in a certain way. It sounds like a low rumbling or a 747 passing by. But what is it exactly? And is it harmful?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

Can Your Skin Change Color By Eating Certain Foods or Chemicals?

August 14, 2011 | 7

You often hear stories or reports of people having their skin change color after ingesting large quantities of certain foods or chemicals. One popular food in these stories is carrots, or rather, the carotene in carrots. Is there any truth to these claims?Read More

What Are Eye Floaters?

June 27, 2011 | 5

Almost everyone has them. Those little blurry or fuzzy, translucent things that almost resemble a tiny bit of string which float around happily in your eye. When you try to look or focus directly on one, they float away just as quick as your eye can move. What are they?Read More

Should Women Get A Flu Vaccination While Pregnant?

June 23, 2011 |

Sounds risky, to the mother and especially to a baby with an incredibly weak immune system. Will a flu shot given while pregnant protect a newborn after birth? Let’s find out.Read More

What Is The Opposite Of The Placebo Effect?

June 19, 2011 | 1

The placebo effect is when someone takes a chemically inert pill (or dummy drug) but exhibits perceived or actual improvement in a medical condition. But is there an opposite of this effect? There sure is.Read More

Is Caffeine Good For You?

May 6, 2011 | 1

Many reasons cause people avoid caffeine. It acts as a stimulant which can lead to nervousness and anxiety, it can raise stomach acid levels and also acts as diuretic.Read More