Science | Science Vs. Myth | 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.


What if I threw a penny off the Empire State Building?

What if I threw a penny off the Empire State Building?

A penny probably wouldn't kill someone, but it would hurt. Read this article to find out what a penny would do, and what could kill someone. See more »

Does gum really stay in you for seven years?

Does gum really stay in you for seven years?

Gum is the subject of many urban legends with the largest being that it stays in your stomach for seven years. Find out how long gum stays in your system. See more »

What if two people stumbled into quicksand: Would the heavier person sink faster?

What if two people stumbled into quicksand: Would the heavier person sink faster?

Would a heavier person in quicksand sink faster than a lighter person? Find out if a heavy person in quicksand would sink faster than a lighter person. See more »

Has a surfer discovered the theory of everything?

Has a surfer discovered the theory of everything?

The theory of everything seeks to explain the workings of every single aspect in the universe. Learn more about A. Garrett Lisi's theory of everything. See more »

Do redheads need extra anesthesia?

Do redheads need extra anesthesia?

Do redheads need extra anesthesia? According to recent studies, it appears that they do. Learn about the relationship between redheads and anesthesia. See more »

How Quantum Cryptology Works

How Quantum Cryptology Works

Quantum cryptography uses physics instead of mathematics to encode messages, which provides greater security. Learn about quantum cryptography. See more »

Do parallel universes really exist?

Do parallel universes really exist?

A parallel universe is said to be related to ours, branch off from ours and may contain extinct animals or humans. Is a parallel universe out there? See more »

What if you were on an elevator and the cable broke?

What if you were on an elevator and the cable broke?

Elevator cables are what pull an elevator up and down the shaft. What would happen if they snapped? Find out what would happen if the elevator cables snapped. See more »

How does saturation diving work?

In the news coverage of the Russian submarine accident, I read that the Norwegian salvage divers used a technique called saturation diving, whereby they could stay underwater for days to weeks at a time. How does saturation diving work? See more »

How do you calculate G-forces?

How do you calculate G-forces?

G-force is explained in this article. Learn about G-force. See more »