Life's Little Mysteries

Life's Little Mysteries answers fascinating questions about the world around you and the stuff in it, from things in the news and on your mind to crazy questions you didn't even know you had.

  • What Is Clean Eating?

    What Is Clean Eating?

    December 19, 2013 | Article

    There is no singular definition for clean eating. However, clean eating usually requires eating unprocessed and unrefined products, such as whole grains, lean meats and other foods without artificial ingredients.
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  • Why Do Antihistamines Make You Drowsy?

    Why Do Antihistamines Make You Drowsy?

    December 16, 2013 | Article

    Drowsiness is a side effect of some antihistamines such as diphenhydramine (Benadryl) and doxylamine succinate (found in Nyquil). And because of their powerful sedating qualities, antihistamines are also the active ingredient in sleep aids.
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  • How Do Solar Panels Work?

    How Do Solar Panels Work?

    December 16, 2013 | Article

    Touted as a promising alternative energy source for decades, solar panels crown rooftops and roadside signs, and help keep spacecraft powered. But how do solar panels work?
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  • What Is Kosher Salt?

    What Is Kosher Salt?

    December 16, 2013 | Article

    Named for its use in the process of koshering (or removing blood from meat) in accordance with Jewish dietary laws, kosher salt has a large grain size and lower sodium content per tablespoon than most common table salts.
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  • Does Coca-Cola Contain Cocaine?

    Does Coca-Cola Contain Cocaine?

    December 16, 2013 | Article

    While the Coca-Cola Company officially denies the presence of cocaine in any of its products — past or present — historical evidence suggests that the original Coca-Cola did, in fact, contain cocaine.
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  • Why Do I Sweat So Much?

    Why Do I Sweat So Much?

    November 27, 2013 | Article

    Sweat plays a critical role in helping your body maintain its proper temperature. However, certain people sweat more than others, and excessive sweating can be an indication of an underlying health condition.
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  • What Is Distilled Water?

    What Is Distilled Water?

    November 25, 2013 | Article

    People have produced distilled water since ancient times via distillation — the process of boiling water in a still, then collecting the condensed steam. Impurities get left behind when the water evaporates.
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  • What Is Karma?

    What Is Karma?

    November 22, 2013 | Article

    Karma, a Sanskrit word that roughly translates to "action," is a core concept in some Eastern religions, including Hinduism and Buddhism.
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  • What Is Ringworm?

    What Is Ringworm?

    November 22, 2013 | Article

    Ringworm is a fungal infection of the skin; it causes a scaly rash that can turn red and itchy. The name "ringworm" comes from the appearance of the rash, which can grow into a circle with wavy edges and a clear center.
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  • Why Is My Period Late?

    Why Is My Period Late?

    November 19, 2013 | Article

    While pregnancy might be the first thing that comes to mind when your period is late, it isn't the only reason menstruation might be delayed. There are many factors that may contribute to the disruption of a woman's menstrual cycle.
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