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Why “Mom” is the Same in Every Language

When learning to talk, babies indulge in a behavior known as “babble” (the creation of random sounds) that eventually evolves into “echolalia.” (the automatic repetition of sounds you hear). “Mama” or “mom” are almost universal…

Cat Sex Is Effectively Torture

The innocuous house cat is a symbol of laziness and disinterest. But beneath this nonchalant exterior lies a horrifying sexual attribute: Male cats are equipped with painful barbed penises to scrape out rival semen.

Who Really Invented The Toilet?

Contrary to popular belief, there was no man named John P. Crapper who invented the flush toilet. However, a man named Thomas Crapper did make numerous improvements…

Ways to Extend The Time You Hold Your Breath

Learning how to extend the time you hold your breath can be valuable in a number of circumstances. Learning the fundamentals of proper breathing is a critical step before trying to hold your breath for considerable amounts of time, especially if you are...

These Species of Caterpillar Eat Plastic

With the abundance of plastic in the world today it seems we have created an insurmountable problem that will affect the environment for centuries to come. There is a pressing need to reduce the amount of plastic. Could caterpillars could...

The True Story of The Author of Hansel and Gretel

We are all familiar with the story of Hansel and Gretel: little kids lost in the woods, witches with houses made of candy, trails of breadcrumbs. In fact, there have been many variations and adaptations since the first edition was...

The Darker The Mane, The More Powerful The Lion

A lion’s mane isn’t just there for protection: The color indicates the male’s strength and health, letting potential mates—or rivals—know just how powerful the lion is. The darker the man, the closer the male is to the top of his game. The color can fluctuate based on how much stress or trauma the lion has experienced.

Daniel Boone’s Role in The American Revolution

Daniel Boone is one of the most iconic figures to have emerged from American history but his role in the American revolution is not so well understood. Perhaps better known as a frontiersman, the line between myth and legend was...

How America Became an Oil Powerhouse

For the last 160 years oil has been a hugely important resource not only for America but the rest of the world. This has led to America becoming a superpower partly because it is an oil powerhouse. This is the...