We've all been there: You go in for a new cell phone battery, then one of the salesmen walks up, and next thing you know you're walking out of there with every iWhatever they had in stock. Once the new gadget smell and irresponsibility high wear off, you're left wondering: How the hell did they do that?
In a landscape littered with unscientific and downright stupid weight loss products, it takes something extra stupid to get our attention. Fortunately, weight loss is a big business, and some of the products on the market today seem purely intended to find out how far they can go before we call bullshit.
There's something weird about dicking around with the building blocks of life. To help set your mind at ease, here are some of the most baffling and bizarre experiments going on right now.
There are resources other than oil that are key to running to society. And we're running out of them. So much so we might end up killing our neighbors to get a hold of them.
At least half of the bad people in the world avoid trying to change because they insist nothing is their fault. It's all due to their childhood, or their genes -- their temper, their weight, their bad habits -- all of it is outside of their control. It's bullshit, right? Well ... not entirely.
It turns out that a lot of the things that annoy us about daily existence are just inevitable parts of larger systems and smaller systems that can be just as easily explained away by science.
FYI: This is just another care package of horrors mailed directly to your brain from the scientific community.
There are entire real government programs devoted solely to thinking up ways to counter weather-themed supervillains and other outlandish threats normally relegated to the realm of science fiction.
The world has provided some ruthless parasites that target the insects, spiders and rats I hate most. These parasites don't just kill either, they torture, emasculate and generally show their hosts such unapologetic violence that I can't help but be impressed.
Our surroundings can trick us into being generous, good people. Of course, it goes the other way, too ...
Animals aren't extremely ambitious. Sometimes, however, all they need is a little helpful prodding in the right direction to start conquering everything around them like warlords.
With our book on shelves, and your closet full of gifts you'll never actually use, we are running down the Top Christmas Gifts of 2010, and explaining whether they're worth keeping.