How Do I, an Average Guy Who Likes to Fake Being Sick Sometimes, Know Whether I Should Tell My Boss If I Have a Cold or the Flu?

‘Tis almost the season to call in sick: According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the flu generally strikes most often between December and March. “Other illnesses that show up most often in winter include the common cold,” reports The Chicago Tribune. Now, whether you’re...

The Self-Lubricating Condom Is the Crowning Achievement of over 400 Years of Weiner-Sack Science

In 1594, Italian physician and anatomist Gabriele Falloppio suggested that a linen cloth be soaked in chemicals, dried and then used as protection against syphilis. According to Spafe.com, 1,100 brave participants lined up to test out this first-of-its-kind condom, which was fastened onto the penis with ribbon. Hot! Fast...

A Scientific Investigation of Getting so Sucked into Your Phone That You Don’t Realize You’re Literally Being Held at Gunpoint

It used to be that people couldn’t help but stare into the flames of a terrible car accident, or peer relentlessly into the hydrophilic chaos of a waterfall. And maybe people still do, but increasingly, it’s all about staring mercilessly into that glorious three-by-five inch illuminated screen...

The Science Behind Hold Music Isn’t Quite Sure What Makes the Best Type of Hold Music

Two years ago, one sadistic redditor asked, “What’s the best on hold music you’ve had?” Assuming he meant “heard,” other redditors responded with actual examples of hold music they’ve heard and why they liked it. “I really like to get my groove on to [a tech company’s] hold music....