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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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How long does it take for plastics to biodegrade?

Wood, grass and food scraps undergo a process known as biodegradation when they're buried. They're transformed by bacteria in the soil into other useful compounds, but those same bacteria typically turn up their noses at plastic. Luckily, that's not the end of the story.


Does eating bread crust give you curly hair?

Does eating bread crust give you curly hair?

What's the deal with bread crusts and hairstyles? Find out if eating bread crust gives you curly hair at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Does the full moon affect your sleep?

Does the full moon affect your sleep?

The full moon gives us the ocean tides, but does it also give us sleep issues? Find out if the full moon affects sleep at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Is suicide more common around holidays?

Is suicide more common around holidays?

For some, the holidays are a season of anxiety and loneliness. Find out if suicide is more common around the holidays at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can something smell like sunshine?

Can something smell like sunshine?

The sun doesn't have a smell, but you can associate smells with sunshine. Learn more about whether something can smell like sunshine at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can you tell the temperature by timing cricket chirps?

Can you tell the temperature by timing cricket chirps?

You actually can tell the temperature by timing cricket chirps. Learn more at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can your ethnicity affect your weather tolerance?

Can your ethnicity affect your weather tolerance?

Humans are really good at adapting to different climates. Learn whether your ethnicity can affect your weather tolerance at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Could dinosaurs still be alive somewhere?

Could dinosaurs still be alive somewhere?

Could dinosaurs be alive today? Find out if it is possible for dinosaurs to be out there somewhere. See more »

Test Your Knowledge: Scientific Misconceptions

Test Your Knowledge: Scientific Misconceptions

Think you know a lot about science? Test your knowledge with our scientific misconceptions quiz. See more »

10 False Science Facts Everyone Knows

10 False Science Facts Everyone Knows

There are lots of science *facts* that we can spout off, but some of them just aren't true. Learn 10 false science facts at HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

Why does the shower curtain billow in on me?

Why does the shower curtain billow in on me?

You're blissfully bathing away when the shower curtain grabs your leg. Find out why shower curtains billow at HowStuffWorks. See more »