If you want your memory to stay strong, you probably already know what to avoid -- excessive alcohol, beating your head on things, getting any older. What you probably didn't know is that there are other, lesser known everyday threats that may be slowly turning you into that guy from 'Memento.'
In real life, people don't suffer freaky events like getting struck by lightning or getting part of their brain removed and then suddenly find themselves with new superpowers, like heat vision or flight. However, people do apparently suffer freaky events and then gain the ability to do art.
Somewhere, right now, an adult is quoting an interesting animal 'fact' that he actually learned from an old cartoon. And this is how animals became one of those subjects particularly vulnerable to laughable misconceptions.
The Internet has introduced a golden age of ill-informed arguments. You can't post a video of an adorable kitten without a raging debate about pet issues spawning in the comment section. These days, everyone is a pundit.
Demons don't cause Ouija boards to work and demons certainly didn't cause you to wet your pants.
When you look at the vast array of avian abilities in nature, it's easy to spot some serious superhero talent.
Hollywood's most creative minds can't get past populating the place with planets that look a whole lot like Earth, populated by rapey aliens and Muppets. But real space is far, far stranger.
Apparently, what the world really needs is robots specifically designed to understand the human body and interact with it. With knives.
The fascinating thing about evolution is how it finds infinite ways for creatures to be badass. But equally amazing is how creatures find a way to survive and thrive even with laughable and obvious design defects.
It turns out that plants are capable of some pretty sophisticated, even downright nefarious schemes.