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Wait, How Does Caffeine Actually Work?

The vast majority of people use caffeine in some form every single day, and most of us use way too much of it. It helps you wake up in the morning, but if you drink too much you get jittery. So how does caffeine actually work?

A Brief History of TaB, Coca-Cola’s First “Diet” Cola

These days, there’s a huge variety of low-calorie soft drinks on the market, from Diet Coke and Coke Zero to Diet Pepsi and numerous low-cal versions of sports drinks. But before this plethora of products became available, we had TaB—Coca-Cola’s first “diet” cola to hit the market—long before Diet Coke debuted.

5 Weird and Horrifying Food Floods Throughout History

We usually think of floods as natural disasters—but not all of them, in fact, are. Some floods are disasters of another sort—and as these food floods throughout history demonstrate, the idea of a 15-foot wave bearing down upon you is all the more terrifying when it’s a wave not of water, but of molasses.

Who Invented the Spork?

Sporks have been a fixture of school lunchrooms and fast-food restaurants seemingly forever—but if you’ve ever wondered who invented the spork, it turns out that the story is a lot more convoluted than it might seem.

Why Do Rice Krispies Snap, Crackle, and Pop?

Rice Krispies has been known for its famous catchphrase—and the three mascots named for this catchphrase—for almost as long as it’s been available (and given that the cereal is about a century old, that’s saying something). But have you ever wondered precisely why Rice Krispies snap, crackle, and pop? What is it about puffed rice that causes it to make such bizarre sounds when you add milk to it?
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