10/26/2011 09:46 am ET | Updated Dec 26, 2011

6 Scary Tricks That Amazed Us As Kids (Explained By Science)

For many of us, gathering with a group of unsupervised peers and scaring the shit out of ourselves was a rite of passage.

At slumber parties we watched horror movies, told ghost stories and played games like "Bloody Mary" and "Light As A Feather, Stiff As A Board," tricks that supposedly unlocked magical powers or malicious spirits.

Funny thing is, these games have been going on for generations because on some level, they work, but not because of demonology, but because of science.


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