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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 Big Screen

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The Psychology of a Horror Movie Fan

Scientists have tried to figure out the appeal of axe murderers and creepy dolls, but it mostly remains a spooky mystery.

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A Case for ‘Believing’ in Mercury Retrograde

Sure, why not?

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The Psychology of Penmanship

Graphology: It’s all (probably) bunk.

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Plesiosaurus

A Brief History of the Loch Ness Monster

From 1933—and possibly much, much earlier—to just this past May, people have been claiming (and staging) sightings of the famed water cryptid.

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orgone

One Man’s Search for an Orgasmic Life Force

It remains unclear what “orgone” actually is, but Wilhelm Reich thought you could find it by sitting inside a box.

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phantom-cat

The Mystery of Britain’s Alien Big Cats

In a nation where the biggest carnivorous predator is a badger, why are there so many reported sightings of large cats?

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chemtrails

The Origins of the Chemtrail Conspiracy

Why would the American government be interested in poisoning its population by spraying vapor out of an airplane? That remains unclear.

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Hell Isn’t for Real

You may have seen pictures of the massive crater in Siberia. It unfortunately—or fortunately—does not lead to the netherworld.

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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-moon

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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past-life

What Makes People Think They’ve Been Reincarnated?

And why are their past lives always so boring?

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demon-angel

A Brief Investigation Into Human-Ghost Intercourse

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

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flat-earth

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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moon-ladder

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.

 

bermuda-triangle

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.

 

near-death-experience

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.

 

ghost-forest

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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Levels of Depression Could Be Evaluated Through Measurements of Acoustic Speech

Engineers find tell-tale signs in speech patterns of the depressed.

We’re Not So Great at Rejecting Each Other

And it's probably something we should work on.

Chronic Fatigue Syndrome and the Brain

Neuroscientists find less—but potentially stronger—white matter in the brains of patients with CFS.

Incumbents, Pray for Rain

Come next Tuesday, rain could push voters toward safer, more predictable candidates.

Could Economics Benefit From Computer Science Thinking?

Computational complexity could offer new insight into old ideas in biology and, yes, even the dismal science.

The Big One

One town, Champlain, New York, was the source of nearly half the scams targeting small businesses in the United States last year. November/December 2014

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