WHAT'S INSIDE: SCIENCE VS. MYTH

Are vampires real? What is an out-of-body experience? Are crop circles proof that aliens exist? HowStuffWorks explores what is real and what is urban legend with this collection of Science Versus Myth articles.
  • Afterlife
  • Everyday Myths
  • Extrasensory Perceptions
  • Strange Creatures
  • Unexplained Phenomena
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And, here comes the pitch. Hey Bob, is that player reading a physics textbook at bat? Strike! Wait, Bob, he's put down the book and is getting ready to swing. And -- it's outta here. That guy in the lab coat has scored a home run!

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