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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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Can you really be double-jointed?

Can you do creepy, bendy things with your fingers that freak out your friends? You might have been called double-jointed. What's really going on with those joints of yours?


The Pseudo-geography Quiz

The Pseudo-geography Quiz

Can you tell fact from fiction when it comes to geography? Test your knowledge with this pseudo-geography quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

The Healthy Things That Aren't Quiz

The Healthy Things That Aren't Quiz

Not all foods and behaviors that seem healthy are. See if you know what's healthy and what isn't by taking this quiz at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can your hair turn white overnight?

Can your hair turn white overnight?

Many people think Marie Antoinette's hair turned white overnight. Find out if this could really happen at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is Chicago the windiest city in the U.S.?

Is Chicago the windiest city in the U.S.?

Chicago, widely known as 'The Windy City,' seems to have earned its rep. Plus, it's a pretty cool nickname. But is it actually the windiest city? See more »

Is Seattle the rainiest city in the U.S.?

Is Seattle the rainiest city in the U.S.?

Rainy, dreary, Seattle, right? Everyone says Seattle is the rainiest city in the United States. Find out if their rainy reputation is real. See more »

Should you wear light-colored clothes in hot weather to stay cool?

Should you wear light-colored clothes in hot weather to stay cool?

Do light colors actually keep you cooler in hot weather, as some say? Read on to find out. See more »

Can a penny dropped off a building kill you?

Can a penny dropped off a building kill you?

Should you be aware of falling pennies when walking down the street? Find out if a penny dropped off a building can kill you. See more »

Has 'light as a feather, stiff as a board' ever worked?

Has 'light as a feather, stiff as a board' ever worked?

Can you lift your frrend with just a few fingers? Yes. Learn all about 'light as a feather, stiff as a board' at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is there a secret city under Walt Disney World?

Is there a secret city under Walt Disney World?

Urban legends about Disney World abound. Find out whether there's a secret city under Walt Disney World at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Do sailors really watch for red skies?

Do sailors really watch for red skies?

Today's technology may be no feat for a sailor's know-how. Learn if sailors really look for red skies at HowStuffWorks. See more »