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I'm No Geologist, But I Think We Should Start Freaking Out I'm No Geologist, But I Think We Should Start Freaking Out

Today in the New York Times you’ll see a stunning photo of Mount Mayon, an active volcano in the Phillippines, barfing up ash and fire from its peak. Mayon is reportedly “ready to blow” (more than 70,000 nearby residents have been forced to evacuate), and the Times piece is a harrowing depiction of life on its edge.…

Do You Like Scary Movies? Here's a Theory Why Do You Like Scary Movies? Here's a Theory Why

Boo, did I scare you? If so, it may be because of the way you are wired, according to neuropsychiatrist Katherine Brownlowe, whom the L.A. Times interviewed to get to the bottom of why some people like to be scared while others don’t.

Which of These 12 Chinchilla Persian Cats Are You?

Occasionally—like, a lot—I sit around and consider what it might be like to own a dozen similar looking cats that instinctually get in formation around their daily activities, whether it’s eating, napping, licking or staring blankly into a camera. Lo and behold, this Instagram account exists.

How Will Dems Respond to the RNC, Where Fear Was a Convenient Pretext for Hate? How Will Dems Respond to the RNC, Where Fear Was a Convenient Pretext for Hate?

On Thursday night in Cleveland, a supposedly very frightened orange man took the enormous, flag-littered stage at the Quicken Loans Arena. In his speech accepting the Republican nomination, Donald Trump laid out an apocalyptic vision of the United States he evidently lives in, a place where cities are flooded with…

Board a Roller Coaster and Cross Your Legs, It's Time to Celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Fear

Twenty years ago today, Fear entered theaters and scared the living daylights out of parents and teens everywhere. Despite having the plot of a bad Lifetime movie, its solid performances and handsome production (the kind plenty of undeserving ‘90s movies were given) made Fear hard to laugh at. Even in 2016, it remains…

Our National Cause: Describing Ted Cruz's Terrible Face Our National Cause: Describing Ted Cruz's Terrible Face

Humanity’s first impulse is to attempt to explain, or at least to assign words to, things that make us afraid. I think that probably the murky abyss of space became much less horrible when that first philosopher ascribed the words “murky” and “abyss” to it.

Donald Trump Supporters Are White and Scared Donald Trump Supporters Are White and Scared

It is the end of January and soggy, abandoned suede couch Donald Trump is still leading in the polls. Who is doing this? Stupid America. Why are they doing it? Because they are scared.

Anxious Minds, Rejoice: Study Shows That Worrying Is Sometimes Good for You 

Life is chaotic; outcomes are uncertain; worrying is inevitable. In spite of knowing this intuitively, we tend to think of worrying types as ill-suited to endure the stress of living. New research suggests the opposite.

Anxious Man: Democratic Women 'Scaring Off Good Male Candidates' Anxious Man: Democratic Women 'Scaring Off Good Male Candidates'

Does USA Today have editors, or is it just whoever wanders in?

The History of Virgin Births

Zebedee spends her days largely alone, nervously swimming in a clear aquarium, there for the entertainment of tourists dining at Abu Dubai's Burj Al Arab hotel. Surrounded by only a few fish, with nary a male shark in sight, Zebedee has defied biology. For the last four years, the tiger shark has experienced…

American Horror Story: Freak Show Finally Has an Official Air Date American Horror Story: Freak Show Finally Has an Official Air Date

Show creators announced the official air date of the fourth season of American Horror Story's new chapter Freak Show.

Let’s All Hope That Bulletproof Backpacks Don’t Become the Next Trapper Keepers Let’s All Hope That Bulletproof Backpacks Don’t Become the Next Trapper Keepers

It's a wide, dangerous, gun-filled forest out there, and you'd be some kind of irresponsible monster to send your child out into it without first outfitting him or her in a found-pound kevlar-threaded vest, undershirt, and backpack, which can be used both as a carry case for social studies books AND as a ballistics…

A Quick Horror Flick Viewing Makes Abstract Art Way More Awesome, Says Science A Quick Horror Flick Viewing Makes Abstract Art Way More Awesome, Says Science

The inquisitive minds of the scientific community who most appreciated the dimmed lights and hushed lecture rooms of their early morning undergrad art history lectures might have figured out what makes people get into abstract art — pure, unadulterated terror.

Nature Is Cruel: Women Who Are Afraid of Giving Birth Have Longer Labors Nature Is Cruel: Women Who Are Afraid of Giving Birth Have Longer Labors

No matter how you slice it, childbirth is scary. You're trying to squeeze a pretty large baby head (and shoulders and the rest) through a pretty narrow channel (vagina!), and yes, in theory, your body is designed to do this and it will work—but what if it doesn't? We all know that practically every woman in labor is…

Have Insomnia? You Might Just Be Afraid of the Dark. Have Insomnia? You Might Just Be Afraid of the Dark.

If you're having trouble sleeping, you might not have some complex mental problem; you might just have a good old-fashioned fear of things that go bump in the night. At least that's what a new study has found. Researchers studied a group of college in Toronto and found that almost half of them who said they slept…

How to Get Over Your Fear of Spiders and Start Caressing Tarantulas How to Get Over Your Fear of Spiders and Start Caressing Tarantulas

Spiders are creepy! I mean, they are kind of neat, but mostly they cause people to scurry away in fear and sometimes even emit high-pitched shrieks. Well, if you are one of the people who can't stand those little multi-legged crawlers, you might be in luck. A new study has found that it is possible to turn people from…

Your Fear Makes Spiders Bigger Your Fear Makes Spiders Bigger

Because they feed on it! Just kidding — actually, fear just makes spiders look bigger, as scientists determined when they had a bunch of volunteers hang out with tarantulas and then guess their size. People who were afraid of spiders estimated them as bigger than did those who were just fine with the eight-legged…

How Your Brain Helps You Make Friends How Your Brain Helps You Make Friends

Got a lot of friends? Thank your amygdala! A new study may shed light on how this brain structure, often associated with fear, may regulate our social lives as well.

The Scary Life Of The Woman Who Knows No Fear The Scary Life Of The Woman Who Knows No Fear

A woman, whom the medical journal Current Biology simply calls SM, has a rare from of brain damage, and literally can not feel fear. But researchers sure had a good time trying to scare her!

A Generation Scarred By Scary Sex Ed A Generation Scarred By Scary Sex Ed

The message I got from sex ed was this: sex will kill you. Turns out I wasn't alone. And such scare tactics may not be effective.

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