Incredibly close lightning strike completely warrants this British guy’s *shocked* response

July 23, 2014 | No comments

In Warwick, England, Mark Hardy was standing outside during a storm to see if he could capture any good footage of lightning. And did he ever.

He tells us in the video that if the lightning strikes him, it was nice knowing us, but judging by his hilarious and strongly worded response he still wasn’t quite expecting it this close…

(NSFW language, but that’s OK, because he sounds like Wallace from Wallace and Gromit.)

Tylenol works…but scientists have no idea how

July 22, 2014 | No comments

We’ve all taken Tylenol and felt its wonderful headache-reducing power. But despite the drug’s effectiveness and popularity, scientists still don’t know what it’s doing inside us. They have some theories, but that’s about it…

(via Laughing Squid)

This looks like an oil spill right off the California coast, but no — it’s millions of fish…

July 17, 2014 | No comments

When a huge school of anchovy showed up last week near Scripps Pier in La Jolla, California, staff and graduate students from UC-San Diego’s Scripps Institution of Oceanography got out their cameras and jumped in the water to capture the incredible phenomenon…

20 Sex Myths Debunked

July 15, 2014 | No comments

Over the years, thanks to urban legend, prudishness, and bad science, many people have believed some very strange things about sex. In this video, Dr. Aaron Carroll looks at a few of these and applies actual data.

As he says at the beginning, “Fair warning here. This is…about sex. If you think that’s inappropriate or it’s not your thing, it’s probably a good idea to turn this off now.”

For the rest of you…

The British electrical plug is far better than the American or any other plug. Here’s why…

July 8, 2014 | 4 comments

British comedian, speaker, and writer Tom Scott makes a relatively mundane object surprisingly fascinating as he convincingly tells us why the British electrical plug is amazing…

Previously from Tom Scott… This simple rule change makes Jenga faster, funnier, and a lot more exciting

If “Lord of the Rings” were real, how far could Legolas actually see?

June 30, 2014 | 2 comments

Henry Reich of MinutePhysics answers a burning question for fans of Lord of the Rings — Is it scientifically possible for the elf Legolas to have seen the height and features of the horsemen who were still five leagues (15 miles) away from him?

Not only is the answer intriguing, but you’ll learn a little physics along the way…

How we discourage our daughters from being good at science (without even realizing it)

June 26, 2014 | 5 comments

If you’re a normal parent, this ad will make you feel a little guilty…but in a good way. Watch how the smallest things we say can redirect a curious girl away from the subjects that would make her most come alive…