Big Questions, Science

What’s the Difference Between “Mostly Sunny” and “Partly Cloudy”?

Matt Soniak

A question from Marcus in Louisville.

What Are the Santa Ana Winds?

Matt Soniak

And why do they help create fire conditions?

What Makes Magic Shell So Magic?

Matt Soniak

Reader (and writer) Stacy asks, “What makes Magic Shell so magic?”

Why Do I Sometimes Scratch One Body Part and Feel It on Another?

Matt Soniak

How Much Pee in a Pool is Too Much Pee?

Matt Soniak

Last week, a study by Chinese and American scientists revealed another reason to not pee in pools, which had more to do with chemistry than good manners.

Do Cows Moo in Different Accents?

Matt Soniak

Reader Erica emailed to say, “I heard on Twitter, from one of those 'amazing facts' accounts, that cows moo in regional accents. Is that true?”

Can You Actually Be Bored to Death?

Matt Soniak

Kind of. Boredom won’t directly kill you on its own, but it does make it more likely that a handful of other things will put you six feet under.

Do Sharks Really Not Get Cancer?

Matt Soniak

Do Racehorses Really Pee All That Much?

Matt Soniak

We’ve all heard the phrase “pee like a racehorse,” but are the animals urinary’ habits all they’re cracked up to be? Do horses really pee a startling amount?

What’s That Thing that Hangs Off a Turkey’s Face?

Matt Soniak

That thing is a snood. And it's there to let the other turkeys know that its owner is kind of a big deal.

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