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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 could the year 2000 be a leap year when 1900 was not?

February is an unusual month, especially when it comes to leap years. In this article, you can read about why we use leap years and how the year 2000 was a leap year and 1900 was not.


10 Crazy Hoaxes That Duped the World

10 Crazy Hoaxes That Duped the World

Hoaxes have been around for centuries, and as crazy as some of them are, people still believe them. Learn about 10 crazy hoaxes that duped the world. See more »

10 Surprisingly Believable Bits of Malarkey

10 Surprisingly Believable Bits of Malarkey

Some malarkey is so believable, it's turned many of us into inadvertent purveyors of hogwash. What are 10 surprisingly believable bits of malarkey? See more »

Why do people believe things that science has proved untrue?

Why do people believe things that science has proved untrue?

Why do people believe things that science has proved untrue? Learn about belief perseverance and why people believe things science has proved false. See more »

10 Completely False 'Facts' Everyone Knows

10 Completely False 'Facts' Everyone Knows

False facts, urban legends and misconceptions litter the field of science. Learn about 10 completely false facts everyone knows. See more »

5 Sickest Teleporter Accidents Ever

5 Sickest Teleporter Accidents Ever

Teleporter accidents in sci-fi make us wonder if teleportation is really a good idea. Learn about 5 of the sickest teleporter accidents ever. See more »

Why do we have leap years?

Why do we have leap years?

Why do we have leap years? Read about keeping accurate time and why we have leap years at HowStuffWorks. See more »

Can sandpaper light a match?

Can sandpaper light a match? Visit HowStuffWorks.com to learn if you can light a match with sandpaper. See more »

How long does it take for plastics to biodegrade?

How long does it take for plastics to biodegrade?

How long does it take for plastics to biodegrade is answered in the article by HowStuffWorks.com. Find out what causes this complex material to biodegrade. See more »

Are solar car battery chargers effective?

Are solar car battery chargers effective?

How effective are solar car batteries? Check out this article and find out by HowStuffWorks.com. See more »

How does a driving simulator replicate dangerous situations?

How does a driving simulator replicate dangerous situations?

To test the safety on automotives, most automotive companies turn to driving simulators, but how do they do it? Find out with this article by HowStuffWorks.com. See more »