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VICE Guide to Life

Is it Possible to Get Sick From a Used Dorm Mattress?

Your predecessor could have left behind everything from dust mites to insect parts, bodily secretions and excretions, fungal spores, and bacteria.
Jesse Hicks
9.11.18
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Why Does My Throat Always Feel So Phlegmy?

Here’s what to do if postnasal drip gets out of control.
Julie Stewart
9.10.18
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This Is What Road Rage Does to Your Body

Pretty much everyone has been angry behind the wheel, but outbursts (on or off the road) may not be great for you. This is what road rage can do to your brain and body.
Carson Kessler
8.22.18
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This Is Why Popping Your Pimples Feels So Satisfying

You know you’re not supposed to pick at acne but honestly, it's just so soothing—until you look in the mirror and see the same zit back with a vengeance next morning.
Elizabeth Brown
7.13.18
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How Gross Is it if I Can't Wipe My Butt After Pooping?

The universal question for when the TP runs out.
Nick Keppler
6.12.18
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How Gross Is the Hot Tub in My Hotel or Spa?

Hot tubs are frequent transfer stations for bacteria, including one type of infection known as "hot tub rash."
Nick Keppler
6.6.18
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Can I Skip My Period Safely?

Doctors break down why getting your period is actually optional.
Elizabeth Brown
5.30.18
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How Gross Is it to Wear Your Shoes in the House?

The final word on whether dragging in all that bacteria on your shoes will actually make you sick.
Elizabeth Brown
5.16.18
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How Bad Is It to Hold in Your Poop?

Look, no one wants to take a dump at work or in a public bathroom, but if you hold in your poop out of shyness, you could be doing some damage.
Alyssa Girdwain
5.11.18
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Is it Safe to Eat Food That a Fly Landed on?

"In addition to regurgitation, the fly might defecate as it explores the new surface.”
Abigail Fagan
5.10.18
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Does Wearing Headphones Lead to Hearing Loss?

The World Health Organization has warned that millions of young people may be listening to music too loud. Are we all damaging our hearing by spending so many waking hours with two miniature speakers stuffed into our ears?
Nick Keppler
5.10.18
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How Many Days Can I Wear the Same Pair of Socks?

We asked a microbiologist to explain just how gross it is.
Carson Kessler
4.24.18