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The Unsolved Mystery Disappearance of the Sodder Children

In 1945 a house fire took the lives of five children - except that their bodies were never found....

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How the Big Bang Worked

There are a number of theories for how the universe evolved but none are more widely accepted...

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SYSK Selects: Do you stay conscious after being decapitated?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, historically speaking, decapitation was a popular means of...

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SYSK Selects: Why isn't the U.S. on the metric system?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, the U.S. stands proudly defiant and the world looks at...

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SYSK Selects: How Exploitation Films Work

In today's SYSK Select episode, we learn about exploitation films. During the 1930s-80s, the work...

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SYSK Selects: Is Stockholm Syndrome real?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, since a hostage standoff in Sweden took place in 1972 a...

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What's the Deal With Staring?

Gazing too long upon another person is almost universally viewed as anywhere from impolite to...

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How the Voynich Manuscript Works

Since its re-discovery in the early 20th century, the Medieval codex the Voynich Manuscript has...

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How Crumple Zones Work

If you've ever been in a bad accident in a newer car, you probably have crumple zones to thank...

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Tornado Myths and Truths

Tornadoes can make mincemeat out of houses, people, cars, you name it. So do you know what to do...

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Our cats episode - right here, right meow

Cats are the most popular pet in the United States, despite the fact that we've only been keeping...

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SYSK Selects: How Handwriting Analysis Works

In this week's SYSK Select episode, one of the fields of forensic investigation, handwriting...

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How Grimm's Fairy Tales Work

Unless you were raised alone in a basement (in which case you may be the subject of one), you...

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How SuperBalls Work

You can thank Wham-O’s SuperBall for inspiring the name of the NFL’s Big Game (buh) and you can...

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How the Gender Pay Gap Works

The gender pay gap is the amount of time into the next year a woman must work to earn as much as...

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SYSK Selects: How Filibusters Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, although lots of people incorrectly believe the filibuster...

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SYSK Selects: Lying Liars: How Lying Works, Liar

In this week's SYSK Select episode, studies find that absolutely everyone lies – some have found...

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SYSK Selects: How Revisionist History Works

In this week's SYSK Select episode, perhaps you equate the term to conspiracy theories and...

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SYSK Selects: How Magic Mushrooms Work

In this week's SYSK Select episode, for thousands of years, humans have used hallucinogenic...

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SYSK Selects: Why can't we find Amelia Earhart?

In this week's SYSK Select episode, famed aviator Amelia Earhart's disappearance in 1937 is a...

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