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10 Pregnancy Superstitions That Are Old Wives' Tales

It seems like every town has that one restaurant whose eggplant parmesan can kick-start contractions. But is a labor-inducing recipe an old wives' tale?

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  • 10 Fairy Tales That Were Way Darker Than You Realized as a Kid

    10 Fairy Tales That Were Way Darker Than You Realized as a Kid

    Cinderella was the only girl who could fit the glass slipper, right? But did you know her two stepsisters cut off parts of their feet to try to fit it? That's just one gory detail Disney left off. See more »

  • 10 Pregnancy Superstitions That Are Old Wives' Tales

    10 Pregnancy Superstitions That Are Old Wives' Tales

    It seems like every town has that one restaurant whose eggplant parmesan can kick-start contractions. But is a labor-inducing recipe an old wives' tale? See more »

  • Do people really scatter loved ones' ashes in amusement parks?

    Do people really scatter loved ones' ashes in amusement parks?

    Who wouldn't want to rest in peace in one of the happiest places on Earth? OK, spending the afterlife in an amusement park may not be for everyone, but are there people who try to send the deceased on a forever roller coaster ride? See more »

  • How Conspiracy Theories Work

    How Conspiracy Theories Work

    Conspiracy theories are often ridiculous explanations for a disputed case or matter. There are conspiracy theories about everything from aliens to the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on America. Find out how these theories get started in this article. See more »

  • How Folklore Works

    How Folklore Works

    Folklore is stories, art and dance. It's rituals and special birthday meals; how you treat a cold; even the chain emails you sometimes get. Why do these things get passed down, and how do we keep them alive? See more »

  • How Friday the 13th Works

    How Friday the 13th Works

    Like many human beliefs, the fear of Friday the 13th (known as paraskevidekatriaphobia) isn't exactly grounded in scientific logic. But that doesn't stop us from feeling that it's "unlucky." See more »

  • How Murphy's Law Works

    How Murphy's Law Works

    The idiom says whatever can go wrong will go wrong. Is it the mysterious power of Murphy's Law, or is it simply people who give the law relevance? See more »

  • How Oak Island Works

    How Oak Island Works

    For centuries, treasure hunters have explored Oak Island in the hopes of discovering pirate gold — or Marie Antoinette's jewels, Shakespeare's manuscripts or even the Ark of the Covenant. What's the scoop with this so-called "Money Pit"? See more »

  • How Shrunken Heads Work

    How Shrunken Heads Work

    Visitors to remote jungles face several potential dangers. Disease, ferocious animals, deadly plant life, the risk of having your head shrunken … wait, what? See more »

  • How the Mayan Calendar Works

    How the Mayan Calendar Works

    The Mayans created a sophisticated set of calendars to help them plant crops, plan religious ceremonies and keep their history. How did they do it? See more »

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