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Does warm milk really make you sleepy and if so, why?

There are a few reasons some people think warm milk helps you fall asleep. First off, milk contains tryptophan, the same ingredient that makes everyone sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner. In…

Why does an egg have a yolk?

Unlike us, birds form outside of their mother’s womb. In a fertilized egg, the yolk is home to the developing bird. Because the baby is encased in the eggshell, the…

Why does the inside of my mouth feel colder after I eat minty candies like peppermint Lifesavers?

That feeling of coolness isn’t just in your mind; in fact, you’re going mental over menthol–a powerful essential oil in mint. Menthol acts as an anesthetic, which puts it in…

Why is white chocolate white?

White chocolate contains cocoa butter, milk solids, sugar, and vanilla; everything but “chocolate liquor,” the thick dark paste that’s produced by roasting and grinding the meat of the cocoa bean….

Why does an egg soften in vinegar?

The eggshell is made of calcium carbonate. Vinegar contains 5% acetic acid, and that is what dissolves the eggshell. All that is left is the membrane that runs between the…

Why doesn't chewing gum stick to your teeth?

Your teeth are wet and slick. Then you get the gum all wet and slipperly with saliva. In this state, the two don’t stick to each other because there is…

Why is a banana a fruit? Where are the seeds?

A fruit is the ripened ovary of a plant, and it holds the plant’s seeds. Fruits grow from a plant’s flowers, and bananas do all of these things! Banana plants…

Why when I drink orange juice after brushing my teeth, does it tastes yucky?

I’m told that one of the secret ingredients in toothpaste is a small amount of one particular chemical that helps clean your teeth. Know what it does? For a short…

Why do I get sleepy after Thanksgiving dinner?

Sometimes people blame that after-dinner drowsiness on the turkey. Turkey meat contains an amino acid called L-tryptophan, and this compound helps makes you sleepy. But you’d have to eat turkey…

Why are eggs egg-shaped?

This question seems like a tough one to crack, but scientists have one very sensible theory: the ovoid shape gives an egg its incredible strength! You can see this amazing…

What is the difference between a vegetable and a fruit?

A fruit is generally defined by the sweet pulp that surrounds its seeds (oranges, apples, mangoes), while a vegetable is a more leaflike plant (cabbage, beans, potatoes). Did you know…

Why does cutting onions make you cry?

When you cut into an onion, a powerful acid sprays up into the air. If your eyes are in the way of the spray (which is likely if you are…

Why does the skin of a banana turn brown when I leave it outside?

Bananas turn brown when left outside after a while because certain chemicals in the fruit react with the oxygen in the air by destroying cells, creating that icky brown color….

Does gum really take 7 years to digest in your stomach?

Nope, that’s just a myth. In fact, our stomach doesn’t digest gum at all! Since it’s made out of soluble fiber, chewing gum passes right through us. So gum comes…

What is Jello made of?

Jell-O consists of four main ingredients: gelatin, water, artificial sweetener, and food coloring. Gelatin gives Jell-O its weird, not-quite-liquid-but-also-not-very-solid structure. Not to gross you out, but gelatin is made up…

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