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BrainStuff Classics: How Did 'Fido' Become a Generic Name for Dogs?

We humans have lots of nicknames for dogs -- but how did 'Fido' become one of them? Learn about the history of the term in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

BrainStuff Classics: Why Do Goldfish Make Their Own Alcohol?

Goldfish can survive in icy lakes and your poorly cleaned aquarium in part because they make their own alcohol. Learn more about how goldfish work in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

How Did the Harlem Renaissance Work?

The Harlem Renaissance was a period of great social, intellectual, and artistic invention that deeply impacts our world to this day. Learn how it got started and why it was so important in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

How Much of Our Food Do Moths Pollinate?

Moths pollinate more of our food than researchers previously realized. Learn more about insect pollination in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Do Rainy Days Make Us Sad?

Popular music and video often use rain as a metaphor for melancholy, but does rainy weather really affect our mood? Learn about the psychology (or lack thereof) behind the rainy-day blues in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

What Was the Biggest Snake on Earth?

The Titanoboa cerrejonensis was a massive snake related to modern boas -- but it might've grown to 47 feet (14 meters) in length. Learn about this extinct South American serpent in today's episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Why Is There a Crack in the Liberty Bell?

The massive, historic Liberty Bell wasn't always cracked, and wasn't always named that. Learn what history knows (and doesn't know) about the Liberty Bell in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

BrainStuff Classics: How Did the Grandfather Clock Get Its Name?

What we now call grandfather clocks were around for a long time before they got that name. Learn how a pop song renamed them -- and a few legends that may have inspired the song -- in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

BrainStuff Classics: Why Did the T. Rex Have Such Tiny Arms?

The Tyrannosaurus rex was a giant predator, but its arms weren't much bigger than a human being's. Learn a few hypotheses about T. rex's arms in this classic episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

Will the Fires That Made Centralia a Ghost Town Ever Go Out?

Coal fires have burned beneath this Pennsylvania town for decades, driving away inhabitants with continual smoke, ash, and cave-ins. Learn how coal-seam fires work in this episode of BrainStuff. Learn more about your ad-choices at https://news.iheart.com/podcast-advertisers

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