Modern Mythology

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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Moms Say the Darndest Things

Wait thirty minutes after eating before you swim or you’ll get stomach cramps and drown. Don’t read in low light or you’ll ruin your eyes. Eat your carrots! They’ll improve your vision. Feed a cold; starve a fever. Once you start shaving, the hair will just grow back darker and …

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Modern Mythology: Crying Over Spilled Food

I’ve eaten food off the floor. Don’t act shocked. You have, too. You may have looked around to make sure no one was watching, but you’ve done it. And if you’re like me, you silently declare, “Five second rule!” as you’re popping that unfortunate M&M or almond into your pie …

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Modern Mythology: Ace Up My Sleeve

Asexual. Defined as a person who does not experience sexual attraction. It seems like a simple enough concept, yet there are a million myths and misconceptions about asexuality, going from amusingly wrong to offensive and creepy. To help dispel some of these myths, though, it helps to understand better the …

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Modern Mythology: Flushing Toilets & The Coriolis Effect

Have you ever seen that episode of The Simpsons where the Simpsons go to Australia? In it (the usually quite on to it) Lisa explains to Bart that the toilets in the southern hemisphere flush in the opposite direction, due to the Coriolis effect. A very skeptical Bart then racks …

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Modern Mythology: WiFi Worry?

As WiFi is becoming an increasingly popular way of connecting to the web, I thought that it was time that Teen Skepchick examined the controversy that exists around its safety. Does it really cause brain tumours? Perhaps not- but read on to find the full verdict.

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Modern Mythology: So Stuffed You’re Sleepy

I love me a good Christmas afternoon nap. We don’t eat turkey much in the festive season around my parts, but it is still there, and there is a very pervasive myth around that turkey makes you sleepy.

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Modern Mythology: The Sixth (and 7th, and 8th, and 9th) Sense(s)

When I was at primary school I remember learning that human beings have five senses- sight, hearing, smell, taste, and touch (or, if you want to be really fancy: vision, audition, olfaction, gustation, tactition). This isn’t necessarily wrong, it is just missing a lot of information.

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