What if you never sweat?

Sweating is essential to human life, but why do we NEED to do it? Sweat is essential to human survival because it serves as the body’s coolant. Some people aren’t able to sweat typically because their sweat glands are no longer functioning properly. This condition is known as hypohidrosis or anhidrosis. It can affect your entire body, a single area, or scattered areas. The inability to sweat…

Why is Friday the 13th unlucky?

Superstitious people relate Friday the 13th to anxiety, fear and paranoia – they dread something bad would happen today. They call Friday the 13th a cursed day, a bad omen, an unlucky day. But do you know how it got associated as an “inauspicious day”? Psychologists point to the fact that if anything negative happens…

Why is the Mona Lisa so famous?

What’s so great about the Mona Lisa? Sure, she’s got that smile, but what makes her “the most famous painting in the world”? Mona Lisa is famous for an optical illusion aka ‘the mysterious smile’. The illusion is caused due to peripheral vision as the focus of the viewer shifts from the eyes of the portrait to the…

Why do we laugh?

Laughter: It’s something all of us do. Are there any scientific benefits to this act? Laughter is part of the universal human vocabulary. All members of the human species understand it. Unlike English or French or Swahili, we don’t have to learn to speak it. We’re born with the capacity to laugh. We laugh when…

Is the Five-Second Rule Real?

Oops! You drop your precious midnight snack on the floor! You just picked it up really quick, like less than five seconds, so it is ok to eat, right? But is the 5-second rule really legit? The 5-Second Rule is no panacea, but the simple realization that procrastination is a natural and valid response to stress, and…