Why Do Some Men Find It Impossible To Grow  A Beard?

Why Do Some Men Find It Impossible To Grow A Beard?

  For teenage boys around the world, those first few stubbly hairs on the chin or upper lip are a reason to rejoice and consider oneself suitably grown-up. Grow a sufficient beard and you might even be able to get into a bar without being carded, and don’t forget that ladies love a nice scruffy…

Is It Possible To Not Have An Accent?

Is It Possible To Not Have An Accent?

Have you ever wondered about whether or not your favorite newscasters are just hiding their regional accents, or if they really don’t have any distinguishing inflections? In reality, they’re probably just using a neutral-sounding accent, known in the US as the General American accent. The General American accent is the tone of choice for nightly…

How Flat is Kansas?

How Flat is Kansas?

  If you ask your typical American which state is the flattest, there’s a good chance they’ll respond with Kansas. In fact, 1/3 of participants in an American Geographical Society claimed just that. Kansas, the Sunflower State, has the happy distinction of being “flatter than a pancake”: but just how flat is it? In 2003,…

How Can I Tell a Lake From a Pond?

How Can I Tell a Lake From a Pond?

  If you’re locked in a debate-to-the-death over whether that nice, large body of water on the side of the highway is a lake or a pond, be prepared to throw down your weapons. The truth of the matter is: it’s both. Or, it’s neither, if that suits you better. The fact is that there…

Why Does Being Tickled Make Us Laugh?

Why Does Being Tickled Make Us Laugh?

Ask anyone and they can attest to the fact that of all the things we feel like doing when someone tickles us, laughing is probably one of the last on the list. Even if you don’t find being tickled downright unpleasant, you probably still feel that the sensation gets old pretty quick. Yet, tickles make…

Where Do Itches Come From?

Where Do Itches Come From?

Sometimes, you know exactly why you’re itchy: you have a mosquito bite, you had a run-in with some poison ivy, your allergies or eczema is acting up. But you know when you have an itch that seems to come from nowhere? You find yourself mindlessly scratching at the back of your hand, or your back…

What Makes Bacon Smell So Delicious?

What Makes Bacon Smell So Delicious?

As a vegetarian for over 13 years, please excuse me when I say that I hate the smell of bacon; as much as it sounds like heresy, hear me out. I hate the smell of bacon because it smells. so. good. It’s almost a universal constant that the smell of bacon will bring everyone in…

Can Moss Really Help You Tell Direction?

Can Moss Really Help You Tell Direction?

  Any boy scout or girl scout worth their merit badges will tell you: when you’re lost in the woods without a compass, look for moss. As legend has it, moth only grows on the north side of trees, so by finding some moss you can find your bearings. Whether or not you’d know what…

Aren’t Seals and Sea Lions Basically The Same?

Aren’t Seals and Sea Lions Basically The Same?

  Seal or sea lion: the question has plagued zoo-goers and amateur marine biologists for decades. They sure look similar, and does anyone even really care if you mix them up? Maybe not, but if you want to be able to impress your friends and family, here’s how you can tell the difference between a…

What Causes Tornadoes?

What Causes Tornadoes?

  Tornadoes are among the most fearsome and recognizable weather phenomena, ravaging whole communities and homesteads on a yearly basis. They’re no joke, really: in 1925, the infamous Tri-State tornado was responsible for 700 deaths and 15,000 demolished homes in a single night, while 2014 saw the month of April ushering in a total of…

Are Buffalo and Bison The Same Animal?

Are Buffalo and Bison The Same Animal?

In America, a trip out West isn’t complete unless you take a drive through one of the majestic national parks of Wyoming and Montana, home to bears, wolves, eagles, and buffalo. Or bison. Or both? Aren’t bison and buffalo the same thing? The answer is a rather wishy-washy “yes and no”. It is perfectly reasonable…

How Are Sinkholes Formed?

How Are Sinkholes Formed?

  When a sinkhole opens up in the middle of a college football field, people tend to take notice. When that sinkhole measures 30 by 50 feet across and 40 feet deep, that’s even more interesting. That’s the size of the sinkhole that opened up at Austin Peay State, and it caused a lot of…

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