Shawn took one last drag of his cigarette. He didn't smoke regularly, but this occasion nearly called for one. It had been years since his last job interview, and it was all he could do to stop his hands from shaking. He looked at the...

About half a year ago, I moved into a new apartment downtown. Itโ€™s hands-down the most upscale place Iโ€™ve lived inโ€”rooftop access, a fitness center, a pool, huge windows with beautiful views of the cityโ€ฆ this place had it all. My leasing agent said apartments...

When I got the first one, I was literally seconds away from stepping onto the plane when a call from โ€œUNKNOWNโ€ blared from my cell phone. It was a ringtone I hadnโ€™t heard before, one I was pretty sure hadnโ€™t come with the phone. Normally, I...

I grew up in a tiny town in Vermont. Tiny in terms of population, not sizeโ€”there were huge sprawling farms and wooded areas, but almost no people. More cows than people, which is standard for a lot of small towns in Vermont. So, clearly, not...

Did you know that, once introduced to routine, our brains are capable of accepting it to the extent that when something changes, it doesnโ€™t notice? The change could be small and harmless, an object there that wasnโ€™t, or something moved to another room that you...

Roger glanced around the desert once more. Nothing but the cloudless sky and the sand scattering in the wind, with a few cacti dotted around the landscape. With nothing else to do, he checked his magazine, already knowing how many bullets he had. Full. Adjusting...

Russian researchers in the late 1940s kept five people awake for fifteen days using an experimental gas based stimulant. They were kept in a sealed environment to carefully monitor their oxygen intake so the gas didn't kill them, since it was toxic in high concentrations....