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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Does eating bread crust give you curly hair?

For decades, moms have been threatening that if you don't eat your crust, your hair will fall out, fall limp or somehow fall incorrectly. What's the deal with bread crusts and hairstyles?

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  • Can something smell like sunshine?

    Can something smell like sunshine?

    Picture the smells of a warm, sunny day in July. To your left, a neighbor is barbecuing. To your right, someone has put a warm apple pie on the windowsill to cool down. Smells great, right? So how does sunshine factor into all of this? See more »

  • Can you make a power station out of a tarp?

    Can you make a power station out of a tarp?

    To anyone familiar with the solar panels of the past, the possibility that a tarp could turn solar energy into electricity is pretty amazing. Could your next high-tech tent provide shelter and energy? See more »

  • Can you make a WiFi network out of a bus?

    Can you make a WiFi network out of a bus?

    People in remote areas can't just connect to the Internet anytime they want. To solve that problem, United Villages has outfitted a number of buses with WiFi equipment. But there's a catch -- it's not a direct connection. See more »

  • Can you make an incubator out of a car?

    Can you make an incubator out of a car?

    Incubators can save the lives of premature babies, but the devices are expensive and people in developing countries may not be able to afford them. One organization has found a way to help by repurposing old cars. See more »

  • Can you make time stand still?

    Can you make time stand still?

    If you were to fly west around the world, fast enough so that you crossed one time zone every hour, would you stand still in time? See more »

  • Can you really be double-jointed?

    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? See more »

  • Can you tell the temperature by timing cricket chirps?

    Can you tell the temperature by timing cricket chirps?

    The animal kingdom is chock-full of crazy amazing superpowers. Pistol shrimp can attack prey with the force of a gunshot. Tardigrades can survive in outer space. Crows can solves complex puzzles. But can a cricket really tell you the temperature? See more »

  • Can your ethnicity affect your weather tolerance?

    Can your ethnicity affect your weather tolerance?

    From tropical islands to arctic tundra, we humans appear capable of living just about anywhere. But do different groups of people fare better in certain types of climates, or are we just really good at adapting to the environment around us? See more »

  • Can your hair turn white overnight?

    Can your hair turn white overnight?

    Of all the cosmetic problems to worry about waking up to — dark under-eye circles, a blemish on your nose, new stubble on your chin — a headful of white hair ranks pretty low on your list. Should you be more concerned? See more »

  • Could baseball players learn more from physics class than spring training?

    Could baseball players learn more from physics class than spring training?

    And, here comes the pitch. Hey Bob, is that player reading a physics textbook at bat? Strike! Wait, Bob, he's put down the book and is getting ready to swing. And -- it's outta here. That guy in the lab coat has scored a home run! See more »

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