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Katie Heaney

Katie Heaney
Katie Heaney is a writer and an editor at BuzzFeed and author of Never Have I Ever. Follow her on Twitter @KTHeaney.

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The ‘Mystery’ of the Ouija Board

It’s probably not Satan—just your unconscious muscle movement.

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Full Moons: Not a Cause of Deviant Behavior

Despite countless studies to the contrary, we haven’t stopped believing that the moon is driving us crazy.

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What Makes People Think They’ve Been Reincarnated?

And why are their past lives always so boring?

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A Brief Investigation Into Human-Ghost Intercourse

Sometimes, it’s just better to stop looking before you find an answer.

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For Some, the Earth Is Still Flat

Although their ranks have diminished, the Flat Earth Society is alive, the planet is wrapped in an ice wall, and the sun and the moon are the exact same size.

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Drinking Someone Else’s Blood Doesn’t Make You a Vampire

Do vampires exist? No, they do not. But that hasn’t stopped a handful of researchers from clinging to the myth of “clinical vampirism.”

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Can You Control Your Dreams?

Some researchers, and one free app, seem to think so.

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The Beauty Industry Goes to the Witch Store

Aromatherapy might be nothing more than a placebo, but that doesn’t mean it’s not worth it.

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I Paid $21.67 for Someone to Photograph My Aura

It was cheaper than buying a pair of aura goggles—even without the shipping costs.

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The Science and the Scam of the Séance

It’s surprisingly easy to trick someone into believing they’ve seen something paranormal.

Between the Sheets

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The Unsuccessful Search for a Functional Aphrodisiac

From sacrificial sex-robot mice to Pippa Middleton, the quest for a magical love potion has taken some weird turns.

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How You Might Come to Believe You’ve Been Abducted by an Alien

Unless, you know, you’ve actually been abducted.

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The Truth Is Somewhere in the Tarot Cards

When descriptions are vague and wide-ranging enough, we tend to think they’re true.

 

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Another Name for the Bermuda Triangle: The Ocean

Ships disappear everywhere, not just in the western North Atlantic Ocean.

 

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Who Believes in Bigfoot?

While the origins of the mythical beast are based around a hoax, today’s believers are a varied, discriminating bunch.

 

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The Silly Science of Near-Death Experiences

There’s no way to prove whether or not someone’s had an out of body experience, but that hasn’t stopped scientists from trying to study the phenomenon.

 

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If You Believe in Ghosts, You’ll See a Ghost

Katie Heaney went to a haunted house. Did she—or anyone else—see anything? It depends on whether or not they wanted to.

 

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Fat-urday: When Eating What You Want Is Cheating

If “cheat days” are built into diets, is it really cheating? It’s time to ditch the term and all its dubious implications.

 

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Meet the Croppies

Who are the true believers in crop circles? And might they be on to something?

 

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I Kind of, Sort of Might, But Not Really, Believe in Astrology

With little to no scientific evidence backing them, why do so many people still look at their horoscopes?

 

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How to Explain Spontaneous Human Combustion

While there’s no proof that any human being has ever suddenly burst into flames and died, there’s also no proof that it hasn’t happened.

 

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Can You Die From Fright?

Death is imminent. Do not try to escape.

 

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The Science of Psychics

A sizable chunk of America believes in ESP—despite the only evidence behind it being one truly bizarre study.

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The Link Between Carbs, Gut Microbes, and Colon Cancer

Reduced carb intake among mice protected them from colon cancer.

The New Weapon Against Disease-Spreading Insects Is Big Data

Computer models that pinpoint the likely locations of mosquitoes and tsetse flies are helping officials target vector control efforts.

People Are Clueless About Placebos

Doctors know that sometimes the best medicine is no medicine at all. But how do patients feel about getting duped into recovery?

No, Walking on All 4 Limbs Is Not a Sign of Human ‘Devolution’

New quantitative analysis reveals that people with Uner Tan Syndrome don't actually walk like primates at all.

Why Didn’t California’s Handheld Phone Ban Reduce Motor Accidents?

Are handheld cell phones as dangerous as they have been made out to be?

The Big One

Today, the United States produces less than two percent of the clothing purchased by Americans. In 1990, it produced nearly 50 percent. July/August 2014

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