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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  • Could dinosaurs still be alive somewhere?

    Could dinosaurs still be alive somewhere?

    Whether in "King Kong," "Journey to the Center of the Earth" or "The Lost World," humankind has long held out hope of discovering a secret land filled with prehistoric beasts. But is that even possible? Could dinosaurs really be out there somewhere? See more »

  • Could holiday foods help save the planet?

    Could holiday foods help save the planet?

    After awhile, all that holiday eating starts to feel gluttonous and wasteful. But it doesn't have to be. Maybe you can't change the world all by yourself, but there are a few ways you can make your holiday food consumption a bit gentler on the planet. See more »

  • Do parallel universes really exist?

    Do parallel universes really exist?

    Remember that traffic accident you avoided the other day? In another universe, you died. Or at least you did according to the Many-Worlds theory. See more »

  • Do redheads need extra anesthesia?

    Do redheads need extra anesthesia?

    According to recent studies, it appears gingers need extra anesthesia to put them under during surgery. The same gene that gives redheads their hair color is apparently responsible for the way the body handles pain. See more »

  • Do sailors really watch for red skies?

    Do sailors really watch for red skies?

    Even with today's weather-forecasting technologies, some old sailing adages stick around. Does "Red sky in morning, sailor take warning" hold water? See more »

  • Do we need biodegradable plastics?

    Do we need biodegradable plastics?

    Plastics that aren't recycled tend to hang around our planet like houseguests who have worn out their welcome. Can biodegradable plastics, which may break down in fewer than 90 days, change that scenario? See more »

  • Does a hush really pass over a crowded room 20 minutes after the hour?

    Does a hush really pass over a crowded room 20 minutes after the hour?

    You're talking with a group of people when, with no apparent warning, everyone stops talking. Is it just an awkward silence or a pregnant pause? Or is this silence something more? See more »

  • Does eating bread crust give you curly hair?

    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? See more »

  • Does gum really stay in you for seven years?

    Does gum really stay in you for seven years?

    Whether you chew to freshen your breath or blow a big bubble, you probably shouldn't swallow gum. But does it really stay in your body for seven years if you do? See more »

  • Does hybrid car production waste offset hybrid benefits?

    Does hybrid car production waste offset hybrid benefits?

    The hybrid car may be the savior of the automobile industry, but its production processes have come under fire of late. The car may be green, but what about the way the car actually gets made? See more »

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