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Modern Mythology: Turn on Your Brain

Modern Mythology: Turn on Your Brain

Editor’s note: This post was originally published on Aug. 1, 2011, but the movie Lucy has sadly brought this myth back into vogue. Modern Mythology is a Teen Skepchick feature in which we try to cut through the woo so you can make informed decisions. If you have any questions, contact us here. The other day, while working with some high school students, one of them turned to me and started a... »

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 2: In Which a Good Stiff Motivational Speech Might Be in Order

The Not So Beautiful Game Step 2: In Which a Good Stiff Motivational Speech Might Be in Order

I continue reading Neil Strauss’ The Game.  Step 2 is Approach and Open.  Are you ready?  Are you ready for this?  Are you hanging on the edge of your seat? In this section, we abandon our frame narrative for some point in the past When it All Began (TM).  Our intrepid narrator Style attends a workshop from renowned (?) pick up artist Mystery.  Mystery’s credentials consist of a manila... »

The Not so Beautiful Game Step 1: An Uncompelling Frame Narrative Stigmatizes Mental Illness

The Not so Beautiful Game Step 1: An Uncompelling Frame Narrative Stigmatizes Mental Illness

I have started reading Neil Strauss’ The Game.  I have heard this is the defining literary work of the pick up artist movement/subculture/whatever and while I have heard a lot of bad comments about it, I have never actually read it.  With the exception of Twilight, I do attempt to actually be somewhat familiar with the stuff I say bad things about it, so I borrowed it from a friend who assur... »

Dear Sasquatch: Do we sweat a liter of water at night?

Dear Sasquatch: Do we sweat a liter of water at night?

Dear Sasquatch: My mom insists that I keep a glass of water by the bed each night to drink when I wake up, to avoid dehydration. She says that we lose a liter of water a night just through sweating. Is this true?   —Brynne P. »

Dear Sasquatch: If we dream we die, do we actually die?

Dear Sasquatch: If we dream we die, do we actually die?

Dear Sasquatch: Is it true that if you die in your dreams, you will die for real? Like have a heart attack or something? —Pari S. »

Modern Mythology: 8 to 10 Glasses of Water a Day

Modern Mythology: 8 to 10 Glasses of Water a Day

Health and diet websites and books, not to mention endless email forwards, tout many unproved (and some downright erroneous) health benefits of water. Some of these are easy to be skeptical of, such as the claim that drinking two glasses of water in the morning “activates” the internal organs. As though our organs are inactive when we sleep. Another myth that seems particularly persistent, however... »

Modern Mythology: “Ancient” Chinese Gender Charts

Modern Mythology: “Ancient” Chinese Gender Charts

Numerology makes its way into modern mythology in so many ways that you almost don’t even see it anymore until you start looking. Mathemagical claims are in everything from personality tests to weird coincidences to Ancient Chinese Gender Charts. »

Modern Mythology: Suicidal Lemmings

Modern Mythology: Suicidal Lemmings

The idea of lemmings mindlessly following each other off a cliff is so ingrained in modern mythology that lemmings are an analogy for anyone following a group mindlessly. But do lemmings actually commit mass suicide? »

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