The Gist

Scared to Death?

How fear and adrenaline can wreck our health.

The cemetery might scare you, but it won’t kill you.

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Can you be scared to death? Can your hair go white from fear? This sounds like a job for “Is That Bullshit?” with Maria Konnikova, our favorite BS detector. Konnikova writes for the New Yorker and is the author of The Confidence Game.

In the Spiel, the never-ending baseball game and a bothersome T-Mobile ad.

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