nosferatuvamp-feature Monster of the Week: The Humanoid Vampire

When it comes to vampiric humanoids, we place far too much emphasis on viral infections and supernatural curses. Because at heart we have something far more fascinating: a humanoid sanguivore — and an obligate sanguivore at that, which is to

asianeyes-feature What can Asian eyes teach WEIRD populations?

Let’s talk about WEIRD populations. No, I’m not talking about your everyday weirdo on the street. I’m talking about western, educated, industrialized, rich, democratic (WEIRD) segments of the global population. The vast majority of our psychology and nonscientific understanding stems

littlered-feature Evolutionary Analysis of ‘Little Red Riding Hood’

It’s easy to get downright Jungian when considering the interactivity of global folktales. The same characters and scenarios appear again and again throughout human history.  We share similar monsters and archetypes in much the same way we share genes. So

catsofegypt-feature Did cats pee on ancient Egyptian rugs?

  “Let’s not overreact,” Imhotep said. “It’s just a rug. Besides, we only domesticated them a short while ago. These things take time.” “But she keeps peeing on the same rug!” “I know, dear.” “And why does she eat all

worms-feature How ‘Worm Grunting’ Works

What manner of man is this who can summon worms from the earth with only hammers, stakes and maybe a woodwind instrument? Depending on where you live, you may call him worm charmer, worm fiddler or worm snorer. Floridians, however,

beardofwar-feature Do beards make us better warriors?

If you tuned in for our recent episode “The Science of Beards,” then you know these glorious face rugs often make men more intimidating and possibly less-susceptible to blunt-force attacks. But do they also make us better warriors? I ask

face-feature The Human Facial Communication Array

Humans are crazy about their faces. All this meat and sensory equipment on the front of our skull broadens our sense experience of the world, but we also come to think of this face as who we are. And if

Warhammer 40K: 25 Years of Orks in Space

This Saturday marks the 25th anniversary of Warhammer 40k, which is sort of a big deal if you’re male between the ages of 13 and 60 who digs sci-fi violence and the sweet, seductive scent of acrylic paint. The franchise

Blow Your Mind: Funny or Die

We all know “funny” when he encounter it, but just what’s going on inside the human mind when we snicker at the word “wiener” or revel in a well-crafted pun? In this episode of Stuff to Blow Your Mind, Julie

Blow Your Mind: Are you ready for the Neo-evolution?

I know, this sounds like a question you’d hear a DJ wail out at a rave. But seriously, ARE YOU READY FOR THE NEO-EVOLUTION? Humans have been around 130,000, evolving into the charming specimens we are today. But what if

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