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Don’t Panic and Take a Deep Breath? Bad Idea!

Keep calm, don’t panic and take a deep breath … you’re about to learn that the age-old advice to stop yourself from panicking, namely taking deep breaths, is actually wrong. Turns out, taking a deep breath for people people who are prone to panic attacks is actually a bad idea. Oops! Panicking people are often told [...]

The MacGyver Fact Check

One of our favorite things in the latest issue of mental_floss is Chris Higgins’ wonderful MacGyver Fact Check. We had him analyze a whole bunch of episodes and determine just how plausible the escapes were. Here’s just one of the stories that surprised us. JUMPING OUT OF A PLANE (IN A CAR!) EPISODE: “The Heist,” Season 1, [...]