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Religion Keeps the Urges at Bay; Why the Religious Lead Longer, Healthier Lives

Research examining the link between religion and a longer, healthier life is well-established and accepted in the scientific community. But is it a reward from God to his followers? More likely it's the self-control the pious practice that keeps them alive and out of the infirmary, says a new U of Miami study.

A new document released in England this week revealed some private details about German dictator's personal habits. Aside from having some poor table manners, Hitler was also reportedly known to suffer from excessive flatulence. Is this an important historical document or a case of too much information?

Nails on Chalkboard Explained ... Kind of

The sound of nails on a chalkboard elicits an almost universal reaction: The spine is electrified, the shoulders tighten, the eyes squeeze shut. Why does this sound affect us so? Despite the nefarious study of three men (and 24 hapless test subjects), the answer is ... we don't really know.

Since 1901, about 16 adventurous souls have gone over the falls in search of fame, usually in a barrel or sphere. Tune in as our resident experts take a look at the history of Niagara Falls in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

The new pennies in circulation got us thinking -- how much does it cost to make a penny and is it worth it? The debate has been around for a while now and we want to know if you like your pennies or not.

"Nerrrddds!": Ogre is favored by evolution

As cruel as he was and as round as his comeuppance in the classic 1984 comedy, "Revenge of the Nerds," oversized geek hater Fred "The Ogre" Palowakski (correct spelling, In a survey of 65 male and 47 female college students, the s ...

The cookie is on the kitchen floor and it's decision time. Is there any scientific truth to the five-second rule? Chuck investigates and finds some interesting studies about this well-entrenched social code.

Travis the chimp gunned down by police

A woman was recently mauled by a chimpanzee in Stamford, Conn. What makes our distant relatives so strong?

The practice of squatting is usually defined as camping on unused land or moving into an abandoned structure -- and it's more common than you might think. Tune in and learn more about squatting in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

How Friday the 13th Works

What is it about Friday the 13th that gives us the collective willies? Discover the surprising roots of this common superstition -- and what paraskevidekatriaphobia means -- in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

When it comes to survival, food and water are pretty much non-negotiable. How long can you go without them? What happens to your body when you cross that threshold? Lend your ear to this HowStuffWorks podcast to find out.

Why is it so hard to say "toy boat" three times fast?

If you've ever tried to say "toy boat" three times fast, you'll know that these two words can quickly turn into one tricky tongue twister. But why? Unravel the mysteries of tongue twisters and language in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

Three decades after the first reported manned lunar landing, some theorists still believe the landing was faked. Check in as Chuck and Josh take a look at the evidence on both sides of the debate in this podcast from HowStuffWorks.

One-third of US cat owners are allergic to cats, resigning themselves to years of suffering and expense on their pet's behalf . Could hypoallergenic cats be the solution these allergic pet-lovers need? Tune in and learn more in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

Several conditions can cause comas, including brain tumors and overdoses. Tune in as the crew discusses the causes and treatments of comas -- including some miraculous recoveries -- in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

Moonshiners brew illegal alcohol, usually a liquor from corn. In the United States, this practice led to some surprising outcomes -- including the deveopment of NASCAR. Tune in to learn more about moonshine and racing in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

Recycling has come a long way since its debut -- and so have landfills. In this twofer HowStuffWorks podcast, discover the realities of modern recycling and find out why the world's largest landfill might be more aptly described as an "oceanfill."

How Redheads Work

Redheads are supposedly fiery, passionate people, but is there any truth to these stereotypes? Find out what studies have to say about redheads -- and if they'll really go extinct soon -- in this HowStuffWorks podcast.

Urban explorers investigate abandoned structures such as hospitals, grocery stores, warehouses and underground systems. Tune into this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn more about the rules, legality and appeal of this fascinating hobby.

Body armor has used by bodyguards, celebrities and soldiers for thousands of years. Tune into this HowStuffWorks podcast to learn how the constant innovation in weaponry has led to a similar evolution in defense and armor.