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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 crash test dummies really simulate human injuries?

A simple doll can't tell a researcher whether a car crash resulted in a broken bone, a cracked rib cage or skin abrasions. Crash test dummies, on the other hand, are sophisticated enough to simulate such injuries.


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 »

Why doesn't tear-free shampoo sting your eyes?

 Why doesn't tear-free shampoo sting your eyes?

Why doesn't tear-free shampoo sting your eyes? Learn the secret behind 'no tears' shampoo at HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 Absolutely Worst Foods to Eat

 10 Absolutely Worst Foods to Eat

Poor nutritional choices are readily available to us at all times. Find out which 10 foods are the absolutely worst to eat. See more »

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

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

You wash your hands a lot, but what about after touching these 10 'harmless' things? Find out which 10 'benign' items are actually full of germs. See more »

Are courtesy flushes useful -- or healthy?

 Are courtesy flushes useful -- or healthy?

Can courtesy flushes cause grievous bodily harm to your hindquarters or the environment? Find out at HowStuffWorks See more »

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

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

Do you know real science from fake gobbledy-gook? Test your knowledge of bad science with this quiz from HowStuffWorks. See more »

10 'Healthy' Things That Aren't

 10 'Healthy' Things That Aren't

Healthy choices aren't always as healthy as we think. Read about 10 faux-healthy culprits. See more »

10 Fake Scarcities

 10 Fake Scarcities

What are 10 scarcities that are not really scarcities? Learn more about fake scarcities at HowStuffWorks. See more »