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Urban Myths: Einstein Flunked Math

Contrary to popular belief, Albert Einstein did not fail mathematics in school. The myth may have become popular when “Ripley’s Believe it or Not!”...

Myths: It Is Impossible to Sneeze With Your Eyes Open

To say that it’s impossible to sneeze with your eyes open isn’t entirely correct. The process that produces a sneeze affects many parts of...

Myths: The Five-Second Rule

A common superstition, the five-second rule states that food dropped on the ground will not be contaminated with bacteria if it is picked up...

Pseudoscience: Cryptozoology

Cryptozoology (from Greek, kryptos, “hidden” + zoology; literally, “study of hidden animals”) refers to the search for animals whose existence has not been proven. This...

Myths: Quicksand is a Killer

We’ve all seen the movie where the character gets stuck in quicksand and slowly sinks to the bottom resulting in his untimely death or...

Myths: Swallowed Gum Stays in Your Stomach for 7 Years

Although chewing gum is designed to be chewed and not swallowed, it generally isn’t harmful if swallowed. Folklore suggests that swallowed gum sits in...

Myths: The Colour Red Makes Bulls Charge

Spanish matadors began using a small red cape, or muleta, in bullfighting around the 1700s. Since that time, people have perpetuated the myth that...