Episodes

Why Is Bacon Considered A Breakfast Food?  

Sure, everyone knows that bacon and eggs are a traditional breakfast - but why? Listen in to learn how Freud's nephew invented PR and changed the way America eats breakfast.

What Are Brain Orgasms And ASMR Whisperers?  

Christian delves into the euphoric sensations of the Autonomous Sensory Meridian Response (ASMR) and reveals what triggers it and how science has responded so far.

The Way We Think About Sugar Is Going To Change  

The FDA recently changed their Nutrition Facts label to include added sugars. But why?

How Do Erasers Erase?  

Erasers lift our mistakes right off the page, but it's not magic - it's the microscopic physics of stickiness.

Why Do Some People Faint At The Sight of Blood?  

Christian explains the science of why people faint at the sight of blood.

Do Crosswalk and "Close Door" Buttons Really Do Anything?  

Are the buttons we push to cross streets, close elevator doors, and nudge the office thermostat really connected to anything? Some aren’t! Learn how these placebo buttons (don’t) work.

How Is An Autopsy Performed?  

When you need someone to exam a corpse to determine a cause of death, how do they conduct the autopsy?

Why Do Helicopter Blades Look Weird On Video?  

Helicopter blades and other fast spinning objects often produce strange effects on camera. Christian explains why.

What Is American Cheese Really Made Of?  

Processed American cheese is super cheap, consistent, shelf-stable, and orange. Christian explains how this science cheese is made.

Why Do Dogs Tilt Their Heads?  

Is this adorable behavior rooted in sensory necessity or purposeful gesticulation? We explore what may be the cutest research ever.

Why Do So Many Price Tags End in .99?  

It’s very common to see the number 9 at the right end of a price tag. Why is this? Christian explains the psychology of prices and nines in this episode of BrainStuff.

Why Do Movie Theaters Sell Popcorn?  

For millions of moviegoers, the idea of visiting the local theater automatically conjures memories of popcorn. But this wasn’t always the case – so why, out of all snacks, did popcorn become the #1 snack for film?

How Does Lucid Dreaming Work?  

Science has proven that we can be aware of our dreams while we’re in them. But can we control our dreams? Christian breaks it to you gently.

What Is Satanism?  

Just the term satanism is controversial. But what's actually going on with this counter-culture religion that values individualism and nonconformity?

Why Do We Itch?  

Virtually everyone has experienced an itch at one time or another – but what is an itch exactly? What causes it, and why can having one be such a maddening experience?

How Do Microwave Ovens Work?  

They’re convenient, ubiquitous and easy to use. But how do these things work, exactly? What do people mean when they say a microwave cooks food inside out?

Why Do Dogs Yawn?  

Dogs communicate by yawning, and it's complex to figure out what they might mean.

Is WiFi Safe?  

You've probably heard that wireless internet (WiFi) is dangerous. But is it true? Christian breaks it down.

What's the ideal temperature for your refridgerator?  

In this episode, Christian explains how bacteria spoils food and what temperature your refrigerator should be to slow their progress.

Why do some noises drive me crazy?  

Do you want to strangle people for chewing gum? Does the crinkle of plastic fill you with inarticulate, homicidal fury? If so, you may suffer from the little-understood condition called 'misophonia'.

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