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How Flirting Works

Flirting is an ancient -- and, at times, unconscious -- form of communication used to indicate...

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How OCD Works

Obsessive-compulsive disorder is an anxiety disorder characterized by obsessive thoughts and...

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How Cannibalism Works

Cannibalism is one of humanity's near-universal taboos, but it has been practiced in widely...

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What's the difference between deodorant and antiperspirant?

The function of antiperspirant and deodorant is to prevent sweat or to mask the scent of body...

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Are there real-life fight clubs?

The 1996 Chuck Palahniuk novel, "Fight Club," has been blamed -- and lauded -- by various groups...

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Exactly what happens if we run out of water?

In 1995, World Bank vice president Ismail Serageldin declared that "the wars of the next century...

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Are Dogs a Shark's Favorite Meal?

In 2005, The Sun reported that dogs were being used as live bait in the Indian Ocean. Is it...

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How Death-Proof Cars Work

Could high-end digital auto systems such as blind-spot detection and collision prevention...

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How Swearing at Work Works

Swear words are usually considered workplace taboos -- yet the debate continues over whether...

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How Contagious Yawning Works

Yawning is contagious, but why? Check out the leading theories on contagious yawning and empathy...

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Can People Really Get Hysterical Strength?

During times of emergency, people have been known to preform feats of great strength. Learn more...

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How Antibacterial Soap Works

Could the routine use of antibacterial soap increase the presence of drug-resistant bacteria in...

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Does Gum Stay in your Stomach for Seven Years?

Does gum really stay in your stomach for Seven Years? Josh and Chuck take on the parental myth of...

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How Evolution in Isolation Works

How does isolation spur evolution? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about...

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Why Does Toothpaste Make Orange Juice Taste Bad?

Why does toothpaste make orange juice taste bad? Chuck recounts his first-hand experience, and...

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How Trolley Problems Work

The trolley problem is an ethical dilemma that proposes a difficult decision about choosing...

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Can I feel pregnant when my wife is?

Sympathy pregnancy is the condition where a man feels pregnant while his wife actually is. Learn...

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Are Nazi War Criminals Still At Large?

After the close of World War II, Nazi war criminals fled Europe and attempted to hide under...

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How Altruism Works

Is there such a thing as a truly unselfish act? Check out this HowStuffWorks podcast and learn...

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How Lame Ducks Work

In U.S. politics, a lame duck is a president who will not be re-elected because he or she has...

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