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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 13

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 7

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 10

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 4

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 24

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 5

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 17

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 4

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 3

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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Does Cranberry Juice Get Rid of Urinary Tract Infections

Does Cranberry Juice Get Rid of Urinary Tract Infections

Scott February 26, 2013 9

Matt asks: Does cranberry juice really help with urinary tract infections? The short answer is probably not according to recent research on the subject, though of course there are certainly many who swear by

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5 Common Misconceptions About George Washington

5 Common Misconceptions About George Washington

Daven Hiskey February 21, 2013 1

Today I Found Out has teamed up with Jeremiah Warren to show his awesome “trivia” related videos here. I hope you enjoy his videos as much as I have. Bonus George Washington Facts: George

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The Way a Soldier’s Horse is Portrayed in an Equestrian Statue Has Nothing to Do With How The Soldier Died

The Way a Soldier’s Horse is Portrayed in an Equestrian Statue Has Nothing to Do With How The Soldier Died

Daven Hiskey February 12, 2013 4

Myth: The way a soldier’s horse is portrayed in an equestrian statue indicates how the soldier died. This myth, perpetuated by many a tourist guide the world over, simply isn’t true. (Not unlike how

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Does Mountain Dew Really Lower Sperm Count?

Does Mountain Dew Really Lower Sperm Count?

Scott January 22, 2013 11

Tristan asks: Does Mountain Dew kill sperm? Tristan- If you’re thinking that a 3 pack of condoms costs around $5 and Mountain Dew is only $1.99 for the 2-liter, so why not save yourself

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Alcohol Does Not Help Prevent Hypothermia, It Actually Makes It More Likely

Alcohol Does Not Help Prevent Hypothermia, It Actually Makes It More Likely

Daven Hiskey October 9, 2012 7

Myth: drinking alcohol warms your body and can be used to prevent hypothermia. In fact, drinking alcohol helps lower the core temperature of your body.  This myth likely got its start thanks to the

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Mice Don’t Like Cheese

Mice Don’t Like Cheese

Daven Hiskey September 29, 2012 7

Myth: Mice love cheese and it makes a great bait for mouse traps. In fact, as any pest exterminator or pet shop owner knows, mice don’t really like cheese at all and they’ll even

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