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Is Cold-Shocking Your Body After a Sauna a Good Idea?
The Finnish people tout the therapeutic benefits of a hot sauna, followed by a cold plunge into a lake. And they would know. They're credited with starting the practice and have been doing it for centuries.Use of the Exclamation Point Has Exploded!
Once this skinny mark of excitement was mainly the provenance of excited teenage girls and inexperienced novelists. But now we're all peppering our sentences with exclamation marks. Is this a good thing?What's All the Buzz About Manuka Honey?
This native New Zealand 'liquid gold' honey may make you want to abandon the bear. But does it really have medicinal properties, and why is it so expensive?How Turducken Became the Ultimate Thanksgiving Triple Play
The turducken is the definitive bird-within-a-bird-within-a-bird (got that?) on the dinner table today. But who first created this mystery meat, and what does it taste like?The Ultimate Downsize: Living in a Shipping Container Home
The trend toward tiny houses and rabid clutter clearing have combined to lead more than a few people away from the traditional home and into shipping container life.6 Wild and Wacky Takes on the Advent Calendar
These Advent calendars give new meaning to the phrase "countdown to Christmas." Plus, where did the Advent calendar come from?If at First You Don't Succeed, Try Tripe Again
Humans have been cooking and eating tripe for centuries. Think you can stomach it?U.S. Military Dogs Usually Outrank Their Handlers
Members of the U.S. armed forces and their loyal dogs have always had a special relationship – so special that the canine usually outranks its handler. What's behind this military tradition?What Is a Mandala? (No, Not Nelson. That's Mandela)
The intricate, circular design of the mandala is used in many religions and cultures to symbolically represent the cosmos and the organizational structure of life itself.The Four-day Workweek Isn't as Crazy as You Think
Studies have shown that people spend less than half of each day really being productive. So, why not reduce the workweek to 32 hours and get more done? Although it's worked at a number of companies, others balk at making the change.Ultimate Guide to the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade
What's 63 feet long, 46 feet tall and filled with 12,000 cubic feet of helium? One of the behemoth balloons at the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade. Learn how many balloon wranglers keep the parade afloat and other fascinating facts.Leonid Meteor Shower: What You Need to Know
The annual Leonid meteor shower is back, and peaks in the early-morning hours of November 18. It's made up of tiny bits of debris from the comet Tempel-Tuttle. Here's how to see it.How the Ancient Land Blob Gondwana Became Today's Continents
Gondwana was a humongous landmass that persisted for 300 million years before it began to break up, forming all the continents in the modern Southern Hemisphere.Does Your Brain Get Tired Like the Rest of Your Body?
We all know what it feels like to be burned out. But does that really mean that our brain is tired? And is it the same as when other muscles tire out?6 Tips for Creating a Cozy, Charming Farmhouse Look
Farmhouse style is an eclectic mix of traditional charm and quirky character that lends a cozy, warm feel to any space where comfort is key.What Is Sous Vide?
Sous vide has been gaining in popularity with home cooks. So how does this immersion cooking work, and is it right for you?The Ghost of Wild West Gunslinger Tom Horn Still Haunts Wyoming
Tom Horn had a wild reputation and even murdered a few people. But there's doubt as to whether he really shot young Willie Nickell, the crime for which he was hanged. In fact some say his ghost is looking for justice.Polymer SunBOTs Imitate Sunflowers to Create Maximum Solar Energy
These new devices may be used in the future to absorb more of the sun's energy than today's solar panels are capable of collecting.Why Evergreen Trees Don't Shed Their Needle-like Leaves
Lots of trees are losing their leaves this time of the year. But evergreens keep theirs year-round. What gives?9 Fascinating Facts About Julius Caesar, 'Dictator for Perpetuity'
The Roman general and statesman's romantic exploits and bloody betrayal were juicy enough to fuel two different Shakespeare plays; he also lent his name to the C-section and the Caesar haircut. But not the Caesar salad.