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Overview

Introduction
Stranger Than Fiction
by Hannah Schmidt

 

Section 1: The Animal Kingdom

1.1    Chocolate Is Poisonous to Dogs
         by Alison Snyder

1.2    Komodo Dragons Show That Virgin Births Are Possible
         by Philip Yam

1.3    A Cockroach Can Live without Its Head
         by Charles Q. Choi

1.4    UV Light Puts Spiders “in the Mood”
         by John Matson

1.5    Cats Cannot Taste Sweets
         by David Biello

1.6    Elephants Never Forget
         by James Ritchie

1.7    Whale Waste Is Extremely Valuable
         by Cynthia Graber

1.8    For Baby Birds and other Critters, Human Touch Is Taboo
         by Robynne Boyd

1.9    Pets Protect Children against Allergies
         by Melinda Wenner

1.10  Mushroom Outsizes Blue Whale as World’s Largest Organism
         by Anne Casselman

1.11  Dogs Can Talk
         by Tina Adler

1.12  Squid Can Fly
         by Ferris Jabr

 

Section 2: Babies and Parents

2.1    Babies Resemble Their Fathers More Than Their Mothers
         by John Matson

2.2    Artificial Reproduction Leads to Sickly Children
         by Katie Cottingham

2.3    Fathers Can Get Postpartum Depression
         by Katherine Harmon

2.4    Males Can Lactate
         by Nikhil Swaminathan

2.5    Babies Exposed to Classical Music End Up Smarter
         by Nikhil Swaminathan

2.6    Men Have a Biological Clock
         by Anne Casselman

 

Section 3: The Environment: Earth and Space

3.1    If the Sky Is Green, Run for Cover—a Tornado Is Coming
         by Meredith Knight

3.2    Smog Creates Beautiful Sunsets
         by Coco Ballantyne

3.3    South of the Equator Toilets Flush and Tornadoes Spin Clockwise
         by Robynne Boyd

3.4    The Earth Is Not Round
         by Charles Q. Choi

3.5    Black Holes Sing
         by John Matson

3.6    Liven Up Your Flowers with Vodka and Citrus Sodas
         by Ciara Curtin

3.7    Living People Outnumber the Dead
         by Ciara Curtin

 

Section 4: Technology

4.1    NASA Created a Million-Dollar Space Pen
         by Ciara Curtin

4.2    White Computer Screens Consume More Energy Than Black Ones
         by Larry Greenemeier

4.3    Leaving Fluorescent Lights on Saves Energy
         by John Matson

4.4    Helmets Are Car Magnets for Cyclists
         by Nikhil Swaminathan

4.5    Premium Gasoline Delivers Premium Benefits to Your Car
         by David Biello

 

Section 5: Health Habits

5.1    Raw Veggies Are Healthier Than Cooked Ones
         by Sushma Subramanian

5.2    Greasy Foods Equal Bad Skin
         by Cynthia Graber

5.3    Water, Part 1: You Must Drink 8 Glasses of Water Daily
         by Karen Bellenir

5.4    Water, Part 2: Too Much Can Kill You
         by Coco Ballantyne

5.5    Antioxidant Supplements Help You Live Longer
         by Jonathan Scheff

5.6    Vitamin Supplements Improve Your Health
         by Coco Ballantyne

5.7    Generic Drugs Are Bad for You
         by Molly Webster

5.8    Antiperspirants Do More Than Block Sweat
         by S. M. Kramer

5.9    Antibacterial Products May Do More Harm Than Good
         by Coco Ballantyne

 

Section 6: The Body

6.1    Urinating on a Jellyfish Sting Will Ease the Pain
         by Ciara Curtin

6.2    It's No Tall Tale, Height Matters
         by Fran Hawthorne

6.3    Circumcision Helps Prevent HIV Infection
         by Barbara Juncosa

6.4    Underwire Bras Can Cause Cancer
         by SM Kramer

6.5    Cell Phones Can Cause Brain Cancer
         by Melinda Wenner

6.6    No Big Toe, No Go
         by Corey Binns

6.7    Stress Causes Gray Hair
         by Coco Ballantyne

6.8    Chewing Gum Takes Seven Years to Digest.
         by John Matson

6.9    Opera Singers Can Shatter Glass
         by Karen Schrock

 

Section 7: Mind and Brain

7.1    Half a Brain Is Sometimes Better Than a Whole One
         by Charles Q. Choi

7.2    The Bigger the Brain, the Smarter You Are
         by Kayt Sukel

7.3    Spring Fever Is a Real Phenomenon
         by Christie Nicholson

7.4    Testosterone Alone Does Not Cause Violence
         by Christopher Mims

7.5    Less Sleep Means More Dreams
         by Christie Nicholson

7.6    Waking a Sleepwalker Could Kill Them
         by Robynne Boyd

 

Section 8: Miscellany

8.1    Archimedes Coined the Term "Eureka!" in the Bath
         by David Biello

8.2    Turning a Wobbly Table Will Make It Steady
         by JR Minkel

8.3    Infinity Comes in Different Sizes
         by John Matson

8.4    A Spoon in the Bottle Keeps Champagne Bubbly
         by John Matson

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