Rudolf the Infected Reindeer

Fact: Reindeer with red noses are really quite ill. Father Christmas can deliver presents to billions of people using nothing but reindeer power, a few thousand mince pies and an unshakeable Christmas spirit. But he doesn’t look after his staff: with a nose that red, Rudolf should really be off sick. Noses are specially designed…

Christmas Marmite

Fact: If you hate sprouts, it’s because its in your genes. Forget Scrooge; we all know the real villain at Christmas is the nefarious Brussels Sprout. Not because sprouts taste bad (disclaimer: I love sprouts) but because they drive us apart, with some singing their praises while others will run a mile to avoid them. But…

Meta-Pregnant

Fact: Having sex when you’re pregnant can get you double-pregnant. It’s A classic contraceptive technique: you can have as much unprotected sex as you like because you’re already pregnant. Whats going to happen – you’re going to get more pregnant? Well, actually, maybe yes. It’s rare, but turns out that it is possible to get…

Part 2: Penne For Your Thoughts?

Fact: Cold pasta is healthier than hot pasta. Carbs, glorious carbs – and they come in no better form than the mighty pasta. However, pasta is a very simple carbohydrate: once it is in your body it is quickly digested into sugar, meaning it is essentially a socially-acceptable way of eating sweets for dinner. As…

Part 1: Sugar Spice and Everything Nice

Fact: Sugar is worse for you than fat. Ignore the promises of ‘fat-free’ products lined up on shelves. As far as your health is concerned, you’re better off eating the full fat version. First, of course fat makes you fat: if you eat lots of fatty food, you’ll put on weight. However, its actually quite…

Part 2: On Wednesdays We Wear Pink

Fact: Flamingos are grey, not pink. Flamingos are widely regarded as the camp-est members of the animal kingdom, but it turns out they’re actually born a boring grey. Fortunately this isn’t another case of the colour-changing dress: that flamboyant pink we all know and love only comes on because of their unusual diet. Flamingos eat…

Part 1: Fake News

Fact: Carrots aren’t orange. They will help you see in the dark, but they’re still pulling the wool over your eyes – carrots are naturally purple, white or yellow, not orange. Modern day carrots are orange because they contain very high levels of beta-carotene – the same molecule that makes them so good for you….

Beer Jacket

Fact: Drinking alcohol actually makes you colder. Braving the cold night air is always easier after you’ve had a pint or six, but although alcohol makes you feel warmer, your beer jacket it lying to you. We aren’t quite sure why, but alcohol causes the blood vessels in your skin to relax (or dilate). This…

Liquid Diet

Fact: Guinness is a low-calorie nutrient-rich super-food. Drinking one quickly feels like downing a roast dinner, but the rich, creamy meal replacement that is Guinness is actually often the lowest calorie beer on tap, so it’s worth considering if you’re watching your weight on a night out. The main source of calories in beer is…

Breathe Deep

Fact: Oxygen is a poison. The air we breathe, the very thing keeping us alive… it turns out oxygen is actually poisonous to most life on Earth, including humans. Oxygen is a critical reagent in the reaction we use to release energy from our food (‘respiration’). We do this by passing electrons from sugar molecules…

Part 2: Death by Sex

Fact: Anacondas spend months mating: it can go on so long that they die from it. Green anacondas are the worlds largest snakes, but lasting up to a month in the sack they’re also the world finest endurance sex athletes. Such a marathon requires organisation and planning. A keen female lays down a trail of…

Part 1: Sex or Death

Fact: Ferrets die if they don’t get enough sex. “I’m dying for it”. “It’s killing me.” They might be phrases you’ve said in the past, but we shouldn’t be so dramatic: for female ferrets, sex really is a matter of life and death. Sex is so important to female ferrets because of the nature of…