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strange facts

General knowledge
May 3, 2017

5 personality quirks that are medical conditions

Do you have one of these strange personality quirks? We all have that small tic or odd habit that makes us unique. But yours may, in fact, be a medical disorder. Read below and find out whether you check any of these boxes! 1. Paruresis You're standing next to another guy at the urinal, and...nothing. You start feeling self-conscious, try to relax, but still: nothing. Your bladder has stage-fright, also known as paruresis. Paruresis is also called ‘shy bladder syndrome’, and it means that you’re not able to urinate when people are around. This has nothing to do with your…
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General knowledge
February 14, 2016

The ugly origins of Valentine’s day

Roses? Check! Chocolates? Check! Table at restaurant? Check! Absolutely no money left in your bank account? Check! Before you start having a go at the price of sweets and flowers on the day of love, be grateful that that’s all you have to worry about. Why? Because there’s a dark side to the 14th of February we hope you never have to face... (more…)
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General knowledge
November 7, 2015

4 More weird medical facts

We may think we know ourselves better than everyone else, but that doesn’t always mean we know or understand our bodies. Are you ready to find out some more weird facts about your body? You are taller in the morning! Your height is one of those things that just doesn’t change after you’ve hit a certain age. No cream, exercise or medicine can make you taller. Surgery is possible, but it’s painful, expensive and comes with complications. There is one time that you are taller though, and it’s right after you climb out of bed. When you sleep, the little…
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General knowledge
January 18, 2015

Strange, but true health factoids

So, you thought the minds of writers of medical TV shows had brought you all of the strangest medical facts and conditions on the planet? Think again! (more…)
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Symptoms, Aches & Pains
November 18, 2014

5 Weird pain facts

We all think we know what pain is, but the truth of the matter is that we actually don’t. While we can feel physical and emotional pain, scientists don’t really know how to explain it. Pain isn’t just something that hurts and it’s more than just electrical impulses sent through our nerves. Here’re five lesser-known facts about pain. (more…)
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Men's Health
August 5, 2014

Is “man-flu” an actual thing?

It’s been a joke for years, but when researchers started looking into this strange condition, it turned out that man-flu might be an actual thing after all! Researchers first conducted a long study with mice, which found that oestrogen levels in women might help them recover from flu more quickly. Hopefully there’ll be further studies on this – in humans. Scientists then discovered that men have more temperature receptors in their brains, which means that the fevers they experience do tend to be hotter. Lastly, research hints that the “live-fast-die-young” strategy men have evolved for breeding purposes means that they…
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