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The Truth About Julius Caesar and “Caesarean” Sections

The Truth About Julius Caesar and “Caesarean” Sections

Emily Upton October 25, 2013 8

Myth: The Caesarean section procedure ultimately derives its name from Julius Caesar, who is often (falsely) claimed to have been the first baby born via Caesarean. It’s hard to pinpoint where exactly this story

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Has Anyone Ever Actually Poisoned Or Put Razor Blades or Needles in Halloween Candy?

Has Anyone Ever Actually Poisoned Or Put Razor Blades or Needles in Halloween Candy?

Staci Lehman October 24, 2013 15

Lee asks: How many children have died from people poisoning Halloween candy? Remember your mom sorting through your Halloween candy as a kid, looking for signs of ‘tainted’ candy laced with poison, needles or

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Hollywood Medical Myths Part 3: You Should Put a Bite Block in the Mouth of Someone Having a Seizure

Hollywood Medical Myths Part 3: You Should Put a Bite Block in the Mouth of Someone Having a Seizure

Scott October 8, 2013 13

Hollywood Medical Myths Part 3: You should put a bite block in the mouth of someone having a seizure. Seizures seem to be an ailment that befalls numerous actors in everything from movies to

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No Witches Were Burned During the Salem Witch Trials

No Witches Were Burned During the Salem Witch Trials

Emily Upton September 25, 2013 27

Myth: People convicted of witchcraft were burned at the stake during the Salem Witch Trials When you think about people disposing of witches a few hundred years ago, you probably imagine a woman tied

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Hollywood Medical Myths Part 1: Shocking Someone Who Has “Flat-Lined” Can Get Their Heart Going Again

Hollywood Medical Myths Part 1: Shocking Someone Who Has “Flat-Lined” Can Get Their Heart Going Again

Scott September 24, 2013 16

Myth: Shocking someone who has flat-lined can get their heart started again. It never fails. You’re watching television and someone is circling the drain, in the toilet that is their life. The noise from

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Magellan Was Not the First Person to Circumnavigate the Globe, The Man Who First Did It May Have Been Magellan’s Slave

Magellan Was Not the First Person to Circumnavigate the Globe, The Man Who First Did It May Have Been Magellan’s Slave

Emily Upton September 19, 2013 10

Myth: Ferdinand Magellan (Fernão de Magalhães) was the first person to circumnavigate the globe. There’s no doubt that Magellan intended to have a successful journey when his expedition set off from Spain on September

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George Washington Never Chopped Down A Cherry Tree

George Washington Never Chopped Down A Cherry Tree

Emily Upton September 4, 2013 23

Myth: George Washington once chopped down his father’s favorite cherry tree. The story goes that a young George was about six years old and had been given a hatchet, which he enthusiastically used to

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Why Is It Illegal to Remove Your Mattress and Pillow Tags?

Why Is It Illegal to Remove Your Mattress and Pillow Tags?

Terynn Boulton August 8, 2013 11

Mark asks: Why is it illegal to remove mattress and pillow tags? Well Mark, unbeknownst to many innocent consumers out there, the warning that it is unlawful to remove the tags from a mattress

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Egg Whites Do Not Make a Good Burn Treatment

Egg Whites Do Not Make a Good Burn Treatment

Scott August 2, 2013 11

Craig asks: Do chicken egg whites really help heal burns? Craig, I’ve actually had a couple of people try and convince me of this in the past. A quick Google search will yield several,

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Wearing Hats Does Not Cause You to Go Bald

Wearing Hats Does Not Cause You to Go Bald

Scott June 20, 2013 2

Myth: Frequently wearing a hat will cause permanent hair loss. I was once told by my mother that wearing a hat would cause me to go bald. I’m not sure if she actually knew

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The Great Chicago Fire Wasn’t Started by a Cow

The Great Chicago Fire Wasn’t Started by a Cow

Emily Upton May 28, 2013 14

Myth: The Great Chicago Fire was started by a cow. The Great Chicago Fire destroyed 3.3 square miles of Chicago, Illinois, burning for two days in 1871—between October 8th and October 10th. It killed

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The Origin of the Loch Ness Monster

The Origin of the Loch Ness Monster

Emily Upton May 19, 2013 5

Today I found out the origin of the Loch Ness Monster myth. Loch Ness is a long, narrow lake southwest of Inverness in the Scottish Highlands. It is the second largest loch in Scotland

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People in Columbus’ Time Did Not Think the World Was Flat

People in Columbus’ Time Did Not Think the World Was Flat

Melissa May 8, 2013 28

In 1492, Columbus sailed the ocean blue… with a whole lot of maps and information about the very round Earth. Contrary to popular belief, not only did Columbus realize the world was round, so

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Et Tu Brute? Not Caesar’s Last Words

Et Tu Brute? Not Caesar’s Last Words

O'rene Daille Ashley April 30, 2013 8

In terms of famous last words, Julius Caesar’s supposed “Et tu, Brute?” may be the most well known of any in history. For context, William Shakespeare would have us believe, Julius Caesar, in his

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Myth or Fact: Women’s Menstrual Cycles Synchronize if They are in Close Proximity for Large Amounts of Time

Myth or Fact: Women’s Menstrual Cycles Synchronize if They are in Close Proximity for Large Amounts of Time

Scott March 21, 2013 22

Do women’s menstrual cycles sync up over time if they are in close proximity to each other? Being someone who lives with 4 girls and 1 other boy, this knowledge would be very beneficial.

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It Does Not Take “7 Years” to Digest Gum

It Does Not Take “7 Years” to Digest Gum

Ann Pietrangelo March 12, 2013 2

“Don’t swallow your gum! It’ll take seven years to digest it!” If you chew gum, chances are you’ve been told that it’s dangerous to swallow it. You’ve probably even heard horror stories about giant

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Cracking Your Knuckles Does Not Cause Arthritis

Cracking Your Knuckles Does Not Cause Arthritis

Scott March 1, 2013 8

Myth: Cracking your knuckles throughout your lifetime will eventually cause you to have arthritis. Have you ever cracked your knuckles and had someone yell at you to stop because it causes arthritis? 25-54% of

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Caffeine Does Not Stunt Your Growth

Caffeine Does Not Stunt Your Growth

Scott February 28, 2013 4

Myth: Caffeine will stunt your growth We all remember being 12 years old and seeing your mom guzzling down her 3rd cup of coffee and really wanting some. When we asked if we could

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