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Reading in Dim Lighting Will Not Damage Your Eyes

Reading in Dim Lighting Will Not Damage Your Eyes

Daven Hiskey May 23, 2012 2

Myth: Reading in a dimly lit area will damage your eyesight. In fact, the only “damage” reading in a dimly lit setting will do, in comparison to reading in an ample lighted setting, is

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Helicopters Won’t Just Drop Like a Rock if the Engine Dies, They are Actually Designed to Be Able to Land Safely This Way

Helicopters Won’t Just Drop Like a Rock if the Engine Dies, They are Actually Designed to Be Able to Land Safely This Way

Daven Hiskey May 6, 2012 10

Myth: Helicopters will drop like a rock when the engine shuts down. In fact, you have a better chance at surviving in a helicopter when the engine fails than you do in an airplane.

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John F. Kennedy’s Statement “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” was Not Interpreted as “I am a Jelly-Filled Doughnut”

John F. Kennedy’s Statement “Ich Bin Ein Berliner” was Not Interpreted as “I am a Jelly-Filled Doughnut”

Daven Hiskey April 25, 2012 8

Myth: John F. Kennedy blundered in one of his most famous speeches, saying in German “I am a jelly-filled doughnut” instead of what he meant (in the figurative sense) “I am a person from

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Marilyn Monroe was Not Even Close to a Size 12-16

Marilyn Monroe was Not Even Close to a Size 12-16

Daven Hiskey April 17, 2012 150

Myth: Marilyn Monroe was a size 12-16. From Roseanne Barr stating, “I’m more sexy than Pamela Lee or whoever else they’ve got out there these days. Marilyn Monroe was a size 16. That says

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Abner Doubleday Did Not Invent Baseball

Abner Doubleday Did Not Invent Baseball

Daven Hiskey March 20, 2012 1

Myth: Baseball was invented by Abner Doubleday This myth has been widely spread since 1907 and even today is sometimes presented by such people as Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig.  The fact of

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Split Infinitives are Not Incorrect Grammatically

Split Infinitives are Not Incorrect Grammatically

Daven Hiskey February 25, 2012 8

Today I Found Out split infinitives are not incorrect grammatically. As mentioned in the recent Star Trek “to boldy go” article (check that out here), the majority of modern English grammar guides list split

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The Term “Scot Free” Does Not Come from the Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court Case

The Term “Scot Free” Does Not Come from the Dred Scott v. Sandford Supreme Court Case

Daven Hiskey February 2, 2012 4

Myth: the term “scot free” has its origins from the Dred Scott v. Sandford U.S. Supreme Court Case. “Scot free”, also sometimes written “scotfree”, “scot-free” or, incorrectly, as “Scott free” actually pre-dates the Dred

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The Word “News” Does Not Derive from the Four Cardinal Directions (North, East, West, South)

The Word “News” Does Not Derive from the Four Cardinal Directions (North, East, West, South)

Scott January 26, 2012 2

Myth: the word “news” derives from the four cardinal directions. While this potential origin of the word news seems plausible enough, it isn’t true.  The truth is, the word news can be traced back

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Both Cats and Dogs can See Color

Both Cats and Dogs can See Color

Daven Hiskey January 12, 2012 10

Myth: Cats and dogs can only see in black and white The myth that cats and dogs are fully colorblind has been around for quite some time, despite the fact that it has been

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The Big Dipper is Not a Constellation

The Big Dipper is Not a Constellation

Samantha January 9, 2012 2

Myth: The “Big Dipper” is a constellation. In fact, the Big Dipper is an asterism.  A constellation is an officially recognized group of stars as defined by the International Astronomical Union. Constellations are used

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Tootsie Roll Industries Never Gave Away a Prize if the Wrapper of a Tootsie Pop Had a Native American Boy Shooting a Star

Tootsie Roll Industries Never Gave Away a Prize if the Wrapper of a Tootsie Pop Had a Native American Boy Shooting a Star

Samantha January 2, 2012 9

Myth: Tootsie Roll Industries used to give away prizes if the wrapper of a tootsie roll pop had a Native American boy shooting a star. Children all over the world have whipped wrappers off

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“Billy the Kid’s” Real Name was Not William H. Bonney

“Billy the Kid’s” Real Name was Not William H. Bonney

Samantha December 27, 2011 9

Myth: Billy the Kid’s real name was William H. Bonney William H. Bonny is actually another alias of Billy the Kid, used during the height of his notoriety, but it is not generally considered

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Koalas Are Not a Type of Bear

Koalas Are Not a Type of Bear

Daven Hiskey December 25, 2011 7

Koala “bears” aren’t a type of bear at all, as it turns out, and their non-scientific name doesn’t include “bear” on the end, as is commonly spoken outside of Australia by the English speaking

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The “X” in “Xmas” Doesn’t Take the “Christ” Out of “Christmas”

The “X” in “Xmas” Doesn’t Take the “Christ” Out of “Christmas”

Daven Hiskey December 21, 2011 20

Myth: “Xmas” is a non-religious name / spelling for “Christmas”. It turns out, “Xmas” is not a non-religious version of “Christmas”. The “X” is actually indicating the Greek letter “Chi”, which is short for

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Aerosol Sprays Do Not Damage the Ozone Layer

Aerosol Sprays Do Not Damage the Ozone Layer

Daven Hiskey October 14, 2011 1

Myth: Aerosol sprays damage the Earth’s ozone layer. This misconception stems primarily from the fact that, originally, aerosol cans used chlorofluorocarbons as a propellant. Chlorofluorocarbons were also used commonly in refrigerators, air conditioners, and

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Helen Keller was Not Born Blind or Deaf

Helen Keller was Not Born Blind or Deaf

Daven Hiskey October 5, 2011 9

Myth: Helen Keller was born blind and deaf. In fact, Helen Keller was born able to see and hear just fine and continued to be able to do so until she was about one

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The Paperclip was Not Invented by Johan Vaaler

The Paperclip was Not Invented by Johan Vaaler

Daven Hiskey September 7, 2011 0

Myth: The paperclip was invented by Johan Vaaler One very popular false origin of the paperclip was that it was invented by Norwegian patent office manager, Johan Vaaler. He was even granted patents in

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There is No Such a Thing as Bulletproof Glass

There is No Such a Thing as Bulletproof Glass

Samantha August 31, 2011 5

Myth: There is such a thing as true bulletproof glass In movies and TV shows, bulletproof glass is often depicted to be indestructible. No matter what weapon is used, no matter how many bullets

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