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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.


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?

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?

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?

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?

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?

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 »

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?

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?

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?

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 »