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Flying isn't my favourite thing in the world because I get so caught up in wondering how it all works. "Why is this giant aluminium tube even in the air?", "why is that guy so fidgety?", "why are the lights flickering?"... you get the point. I worry. But this short, sweet explanation of how a plane actually flies puts me at ease.

Thank you, physics.

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When little kids say they're afraid of monsters -- and know that teraphobia is a near-universal fear among preschoolers -- the thing you shouldn't do is to dismiss their terror, saying things like, "They're not real. You're imagining things. Just don't think about it." Instead, help them use their vivid imaginations for empowerment.

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"I don't like scary stuff," you tell people -- as if it's an allergy of some kind. You won't go to haunted houses, you wouldn't dream of playing the new Resident Evil, and your fingers are perpetually crossed in the hope your moviegoing friends won't pick a horror flick. Well, what if I told you scaring yourself is actually good for your mind, body and soul?

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Most fears boil down to a lack of understanding, and in those situations knowledge really is power. If the thought of flying in a plane makes you anxious and break out in a cold sweat, these flying safety facts are your medicine to take before, during and after your flight.

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In high school, our hockey coach was a demigod. Hockey at the school was so important it nearly transcended the concept of sports. Our coach was a natural teacher and dexterously wove in life lessons into nearly every hockey lesson. And there were a lot of hockey lessons.