Science Versus Myth

Are vampires real? What is an out-of-body experience? Are crop circles proof that aliens exist? HowStuffWorks explores what is real and what is urban legend with this collection of Science Versus Myth articles.


Previously undiscovered geoglyphs found in Peru were invisible from the ground and too faint and sprawling to be picked up by space satellites. But not drones.

A disturbing noise, somewhere between a window-rattling bass and a brain-numbing deep thrum has bugged the heck out of residents in the city of Windsor, Ontario, Canada for years, and it's called the Windsor Hum.

Since 2010, some Windsor, Ontario residents have reporting a low-frequency hum that will not go away. Is this a real sound, and if so, why can't anyone locate its source?

Theories surrounding the source of the Tunguska blast that rocked the Siberian region in 1908 abound. But the exact cause is still a mystery.

CERN's work has been groundbreaking to say the least, but conspiracy theories run rampant about the potential disasters it could cause, too.

There's no doubt people are seeing lights. But are they really spirits of ghosts — or even aliens — or can these unusual lights be clarified with a simple explanation?

Are strange skeletons unearthed across the globe evidence that we're not alone, or are they simply more myths and legends that are bound to be debunked?

The recent booming sounds heard in Alabama are part of a mysterious phenomenon that's occurred for years around the U.S. and elsewhere in the world.

Some of us really hope the yeti is a giant snow ape, but new research finds it's just bears out there in the Himalayas.

Theories about the ghostly lights abound. Conclusions are harder to come by.

The original King of Monsters has become cute. How does that happen?

Humans are awesome and we have superpowers of our own. But could a greedy world of "supervillains" twist them against us?

More than 1,000 people have gone missing from U.S. national parks. Are there reasonable explanations or is there something more sinister at work?

According to new research, many people believe wildly inaccurate myths about the brain and learning — even those who know a lot about neuroscience.

No crew, sails set, fire still blazing in the galley — some ships wash up on shores under mysterious circumstances. The Resolven was one of them.

Many people have sworn to have spotted Bigfoot. But does the elusive hominid exist?

When a super-realistic android or video character gives us a creepy feeling, it enters the uncanny valley. Why do we get spooked, and what can we do to avoid it?

Covfefe isn't as mysterious as everyone makes it out to be. We're here to explain.

Can infrasound explain away ghosts, hauntings and other paranormal activity?

It turns out you can't just scatter your loved one's ashes anywhere. So what can you do with them?

Dragon fire is an awe-inspiring thing, but exactly how would it happen? Real-world clues from nature point the way.

A mysterious warrior with a silver arm? A giant subterranean king who could kill with a single glance? A dog-headed, overprotective mother? Yes! And more...

Depending on which state you live in, you may be able to bury your loved ones in your garden. But there are some things to think about.

New studies found no link between back pain, arthritis and the temperature, air pressure or humidity.