The Most Popular Myths in Science

I came accross this link on digg.com earlier today:

Most Popular Myths in Science

This is the kind of stuff that the skeptic in me thrives on. All sort of goodies here. This site debunks or confirms the following “myths” of science. How many of them do you think are true?

  • It takes seven years to digest gum
  • The Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure visible from space
  • Humans use only 10 percent of their brains
  • Adults don’t grow new brain cells
  • Water drains backwards in the Southern Hemisphere due to the Earth’s rotation
  • Animals can predict natural disasters
  • A penny dropped from the top of a tall building could kill a pedestrian
  • A dog’s mouth is cleaner than a human’s
  • Men think about sex every seven seconds
  • Lightening never strikes the same place twice
  • A falling cat will always land on its feet
  • Yawning is “contagious”
  • Eating a poppy seed bagel mimics opium use
  • There is no gravity in space
  • Chicken soup can cure the common cold
  • Seasons are caused by Earth’s proximity to the sun
  • Chickens can live without a head
  • The five second rule
  • You get less wet by running in the rain
  • Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death

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    Jamie Todd Rubin writes fiction and nonfiction for a variety of publications including Analog, Clarkesworld, The Daily Beast, 99U, Daily Science Fiction, Lightspeed, InterGalactic Medicine Show, and several anthologies. He was featured in Lifehacker’s How I Work series. He has been blogging since 2005. By day, he manages software projects and occasionally writes code. He lives in Falls Church, Virginia with his wife and three children. Find him on Twitter at @jamietr.