We've taken a lot of strange journeys together at io9 this year. And hopefully, we've learned some stuff along the way — including some stuff you'd probably like to unlearn. Here are all of the most popular io9 posts from 2013, in science, pop culture and general weirdness.
Top image: Grand Canyon, photo by Erin Whitaker . Science You Can Use Americans – why do you keep refrigerating your eggs? Wine tasting is bullshit. Here's why. The 12 cognitive biases that prevent you from being rational Let's just debunk every flu-vaccine myth in one fell swoop, shall we? Why Does Coffee Make You Poop? Why You Always Wake Up Early After a Night of Drinking A mysterious law that predicts the size of the world's biggest cities Pop Culture We Love The Best and Worst Science Fiction and Fantasy Movies of 2013 10 Book Series So Addictive, You Never Want Them to End 10 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Star Wars: Return of the Jedi The New Anime Series You Absolutely Need to Be Watching The first new Godzilla movie footage is monstrously awesome
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The Best Science Fiction and Fantasy Books of 2013 15 People Who Have Kicked Batman's Ass 10 Novels That Are More Action-Packed Than Most Summer Movies 20 Science Fiction Moments That Will Make Absolutely Anyone Cry 10 Decent Movies That Were Doomed by Unfair Memes The Strange, Secret Evolution of Babylon 5 The Best and Worst Television Moments of 2013 Startling Science The 18 Most Futuristic Predictions That Came True in 2013 Temporary tattoos could make electronic telepathy and telekinesis possible This tiny, wearable patch makes you invisible to mosquitos Meet Prince Rupert's Drop. It's about to blow your mind. Scientists 'freeze' light for an entire minute Here's what Pangea looks like mapped with modern political borders What the Death of the Sun Will Look Like If Earth Had a Ring Like Saturn The Most Incredible Historical Discoveries of 2013 Astronomers discover a massive asteroid that could hit us in 2032 Crows could be the key to understanding alien intelligence 8 Incredible Facts You May Not Know About Human Evolution 7.7 magnitude quake in Pakistan just created a new island Meet the scientific accident that could change the world 10 mindblowingly futuristic technologies that will appear by the 2030s 15 Uncanny Examples of the Golden Ratio in Nature Brain-to-brain interfaces have arrived, and they are absolutely mindblowing An 'alternative universe' will eventually destroy ours, says Higgs researcher Rants and Dissections Star Trek Into Darkness: The Spoiler FAQ Daenerys' whole storyline on Game of Thrones is messed up The 50+ Greatest Tweets about Ben Affleck's casting as Batman The 100+ Best Tweets about last night's Game of Thrones How the Oscars proved Hollywood is killing the VFX industry I still don't want to see Zack Snyder's take on Wonder Woman The Most Important Scenes from Man of Steel (As I Remember Them) All the Game of Thrones Fan Theories You Absolutely Need to Know Why can't any recent Sherlock Holmes adaptation get Irene Adler right? How one man's lies almost destroyed the comics industry The 12 Worst Things in the Star Wars Expanded Universe The Biggest Mistakes, Blunders and Bad Ideas of 2013 Holy Crap WTF A Map of the Weirdest Sex Laws in the United States The World's Most Awkward Taxidermy The Strangest Tradition of the Victorian Era: Post-Mortem Photography This is a video of a dolphin masturbating with a decapitated fish IBM's Watson computer has parts of its memory cleared after developing an acute case of potty mouth China's brand-new abandoned cities could be dystopian movie sets Behold the HORRIFYING robot baby that was too creepy for Twilight 8 Ruined Cities That Remain a Mystery to This Day 13 Places on Earth People Believed Were Entrances to Hell 11 works of sexology that will blow your mind (with science) Freakishly realistic telemarketing robots are denying they're robots The 11 Most Sexually Depraved Things the Roman Emperors Ever Did Astonishing Photos The Most Amazing Science Images of 2013 Photos of the Amazing and Gruesome World Under a Microscope The First Image Ever of a Hydrogen Atom's Orbital Structure The largest photo ever taken of Tokyo is zoomable, and it is glorious Unbelievable "nail houses" around the world 9 of the Most Fascinating Abandoned Mansions from Around the World This is a picture of the lightest substance on Earth The Weirdest and Fiercest Helmets from the Age of Armored Combat Iconic Black and White Photographs, Colorized The Strangest and Most Tragic Ghost Towns from Around the World This is Awesome This Terrifying Raptor Chase Is the Most Traumatic Prank of All Time Greatest Wedding Photo In the History of the World Precise measurements reveal that this is the world's fluffiest bunny Calvin & Hobbes and Dune is a surprisingly great combination Two-Sentence Horror Stories are actually pretty chilling Gay marriage in the year 100 AD All the Evidence that Time Travel is Happening All Around Us How 19-year-old activist Zack Kopplin is making life hell for Louisiana's creationists Students describe their theses in a single self-mocking sentence Science fiction and fantasy stories get funny clickbait headlines Artist drew himself and his cat in 100 different cartoonists' styles Great Moments in Epic Fandom Old Spock battles New Spock in the greatest car commercial ever Sansa Stark's actress adopted her real-life direwolf R2-D2 spotted in Star Trek Into Darkness George R.R. Martin: This is what the Iron Throne REALLY looks like You know that newfound Van Gogh painting has the TARDIS in it, right? Truther mockumentary asks: Was the destruction of the Death Star an inside job? Stunning Behind-the-Scenes Photos Show Iconic Movies in a New Light This musical reprise could have made Frozen even better Viral Videos Watch what happens when you wring out a washcloth in space This girl ages into an old woman before your eyes without you noticing This physics grad student made a mind-blowing Bohemian Rhapsody cover David Attenborough Narrates Miley Cyrus's VMA Twerk-formance A Moonrise Unlike Any You've Ever Seen The most incredible thing you'll watch today is this video of sand [UPDATE] Watch this woman's face shapeshift with a simple trick of the light A zombie-bitten father tries to save his infant daughter in this bittersweet short film This astounding video just took projection-mapping to the next level Porn Porn Porn First Look at Game of Bones, the X-Rated Version of Westeros [SFW!] The Greatest Science Fiction Porn Movies of All Time: 1992-2001 [NSFW] The Ultimate Guide to Science Fiction and Fantasy Porn Parodies [NSFW] Unused storyboards show how Alien could have been more "pornographic"