Even after you listen to his whole thing, you'll say, 'But sugar *does* make my kid hyper.'

Before we get started here, let's just be clear. There are a bajillion* good reasons not to give your kids a ton of sugar. This study just says that hyperactivity is not one of them.

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* This number is approximate.

Your kid goes to a birthday party, eats a giant pile of cake, ice cream, and candy and then just will not calm down.

Then, they crash and they're like...

Because that's what happens when kids get lots of sugar, right?

Kids + Sugar = CRAZY!

Except ... maybe not.

This is an example of "correlation (things happening together) is not causation (things making each other happen)."

Some things are strongly correlated (like shark attacks and ice cream sales), but they don't have a causal relationship (if people stopped buying ice cream, shark attacks would not decrease).

For more examples, check out Spurious Correlations, an awesome page all about these false connections.

But, wait, let's science this.

What if we did an experiment where some kids at a party got cake and some kids got no cake?

Yeah, that's probably unethical. And the kids who didn't get cake will know who they are. Feeling left out is probably going to change their behavior anyway.

So, here's the experiment that gets the science-y gold seal of approval:

They took some kids and gave half of them regular candy and half of them sugar-free candy. The kids couldn't tell the difference. Then, they told the parents of the kids in both groups that their kids got sugary candy (sometimes you have to lie for the greater good).

This is called a double-blinded, randomized, placebo-controlled trial.

It's the best possible way to design a study.

Parents who thought their kids had sugar candy rated them as more hyper ... even if they really had sugar-free candy.

Yep. Your expectation that sugar is going to make your kid nuts actually makes you perceive them as nuts.

Check out the video to learn why these kinds of studies are the right way to do science.

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When a pet is admitted to a shelter it can be a traumatizing experience. Many are afraid of their new surroundings and are far from comfortable showing off their unique personalities. The problem is that's when many of them have their photos taken to appear in online searches.

Chewy, the pet retailer who has dedicated themselves to supporting shelters and rescues throughout the country, recognized the important work of a couple in Tampa, FL who have been taking professional photos of shelter pets to help get them adopted.

"If it's a photo of a scared animal, most people, subconsciously or even consciously, are going to skip over it," pet photographer Adam Goldberg says. "They can't visualize that dog in their home."

Adam realized the importance of quality shelter photos while working as a social media specialist for the Humane Society of Broward County in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.

"The photos were taken top-down so you couldn't see the size of the pet, and the flash would create these red eyes," he recalls. "Sometimes [volunteers] would shoot the photos through the chain-link fences."

That's why Adam and his wife, Mary, have spent much of their free time over the past five years photographing over 1,200 shelter animals to show off their unique personalities to potential adoptive families. The Goldbergs' wonderful work was recently profiled by Chewy in the video above entitled, "A Day in the Life of a Shelter Pet Photographer."

A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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