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.

  • Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They're Cold?

    Why Do French Fries Taste So Bad When They're Cold?

    October 04, 2016 | Article

    Grainy, flavorless, rigid, yet soggy — is there anything worse than an old, cold french fry?
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  • Where Did Satan Come From?

    Where Did Satan Come From?

    October 02, 2016 | Article

    The devil goes by many names — Satan, the Prince of Darkness, Beelzebub and Lucifer to name a few — but besides this list of aliases, what do people really know about the brute? That is, how did the story of Satan originate?
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  • Do Black Holes Die?

    Do Black Holes Die?

    September 29, 2016 | Article

    Black holes are made out to be uncompromising monsters, roaming the galaxies, voraciously consuming anything in their path. But in the movies the scary monster has a weakness. So surely black holes have a vulnerability, right?
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  • 25 Strangest Sights on Google Earth

    25 Strangest Sights on Google Earth

    September 27, 2016 | Image Album

    In lieu of a whirlwind trip round the world, check out some highlights courtesy of Google Earth.
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  • Why Do Your Teeth Feel Weird After Eating Spinach?

    Why Do Your Teeth Feel Weird After Eating Spinach?

    September 23, 2016 | Article

    Ever notice a gritty film covering your teeth after eating a spinach salad? This phenomenon, called "spinach tooth," happens because the leafy greens are chock-full of oxalic acid.
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  • Does Salt Make Water Boil Faster?

    Does Salt Make Water Boil Faster?

    September 22, 2016 | Article

    As an old wives' tale goes, adding salt to a pot of water on the stove will make it boil faster.
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  • Are All Owls Actually Night Owls?

    Are All Owls Actually Night Owls?

    September 19, 2016 | Article

    Owls are so famous for their nighttime escapades, that the phrase "night owl" developed to describe people who stay up late. But the saying is actually a bit misleading because some owls are active daytime hunters, experts told Live Science.
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  • What Is a Light-Year?

    What Is a Light-Year?

    September 15, 2016 | Article

    Though seemingly contrary to how it sounds, a "light-year" is a measure of distance, rather than time.
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  • Why Are People Afraid of Clowns?

    Why Are People Afraid of Clowns?

    September 12, 2016 | Article

    Clowns are supposed to bring laughter, but the emotions they often evoke are anything but pleasant.
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  • Why Is the Dead Sea So Salty?

    Why Is the Dead Sea So Salty?

    September 09, 2016 | Article

    The Dead Sea's name is well earned — no fish, birds or plants can survive in its high-saline environment.
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