EVERYDAY MYTHS

There are certain aspects of everyday science that we think of as fact, but in reality may be pure urban legend. In this section, you can learn about some of the everyday science myths you may encounter.
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If you could spin a carousel fast enough to get its rim moving at nearly the speed of light, would time stand still for people on the carousel?

If you could spin a carousel fast enough to get its rim moving at nearly the speed of light, would time stand still for people on the carousel?

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  • "Everyone Says It So It Must Be True": The Pseudoscience Quiz

    "Everyone Says It So It Must Be True": The Pseudoscience Quiz

    We have an astonishing capacity to accept scientific-sounding concepts if we hear them repeatedly. Test your ability to differentiate between real science and “common knowledge” falsehoods. See more »

  • 10 'Harmless' Things You Should Really Wash Your Hands After Touching

    10 'Harmless' Things You Should Really Wash Your Hands After Touching

    Of course you wash your hands after you use the restroom or work the room at a networking event. But what about after you play beer pong? Or cuddle a duckling? See more »

  • 10 Absolutely Worst Foods to Eat

    10 Absolutely Worst Foods to Eat

    We all eat things we probably shouldn't, and that's OK from time to time. But there are some foods that are such nutrition bombs that even occasional indulgence isn't exactly wise. See more »

  • 10 ‘Healthy’ Things That Aren't

    10 ‘Healthy’ Things That Aren't

    If you're like us, you hit the grocery store with good intentions: reasonably healthy foods (that you'll still want to eat). But thanks to everything from marketing to plain old misconceptions, what we think is healthy often isn't. See more »

  • 10 Completely False 'Facts' Everyone Knows

    10 Completely False 'Facts' Everyone Knows

    The blood in your veins is blue. Glass is a slow-moving liquid. If you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it. Not so fast –- if you learned any of those "facts" in school, what you learned was wrong. See more »

  • 10 Crazy Hoaxes That Duped the World

    10 Crazy Hoaxes That Duped the World

    Hoaxes have been around for centuries, created by people as jokes, or for profit or attention. Crazy as some of them -- including these 10 -- seem in hindsight, why were people so willing to buy into them? See more »

  • 10 Fake Scarcities

    10 Fake Scarcities

    We're running out of oil. And diamonds. And while we're at it, chicken wings, too! Relax, these are actually examples of shortages that really aren't. What else is a fake scarcity? See more »

  • 10 False Science Facts Everyone Knows

    10 False Science Facts Everyone Knows

    When reeling off dubious facts (like lemmings plunging off cliffs en masse), there's no better retort to a skeptical audience than calmly explaining that it's not just true -- it's science. Except sometimes it's neither. See more »

  • 10 Signs What You're Reading Online Is Bogus

    10 Signs What You're Reading Online Is Bogus

    We've all seen the ceaseless reposting of false information on social media and been to sites that offer claims that seem too good to be true. How can you separate the valid information from the hogwash? See more »

  • 10 Surprisingly Believable Bits of Malarkey

    10 Surprisingly Believable Bits of Malarkey

    Some malarkey is so believable that it's turned many of us into inadvertent purveyors of hogwash. What are 10 bits of malarkey that tend to slip through the "hey, wait a minute" filter? See more »

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