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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.
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Anacondas and pythons can grow so large they can swallow a person whole, but even they would be dwarfed by the legendary megasnake, which some say can reach up to 100 feet in length.

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Can our brains see the fourth dimension?

Most of us are accustomed to watching 2-D films with flat images. But when we put on 3-D glasses, we see a world that has depth. We can imagine existing in such a world because we live in one. What about another dimension altogether?

Do you really stay conscious after being decapitated?

Decapitation is a surefire way to deliver a quick and painless death, right? In actuality, an increasingly large body of historical and scientific evidence suggests that beheading doesn't, in fact, deliver instant death.

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