We've all heard stories about killers in the back seat and puppies that turn out to be rats, but hapless heroines aren't the only ones who spawn urban legends. There are a number of urban legends about famous scientists. Some are funny, some are mere inaccuracies, and some are about committing murder by accident.
In observance of India's National Science Day, graphic designer Kapil Bhagat created a series of simple typographical posters that creatively recognize scientists for their various inventions or discoveries.
Over 100 years ago, a 10th-century copy of ancient writings by the famed Greek mathematician Archimedes was discovered in an Istanbul convent. But the handwritten copy had been scraped from the parchment, its mathematical theories scribbled over with prayers and illustrations.
No, it's not a way to encourage population growth. Shame on you for thinking that. Archimedes' Screw is a way to draw up water for drinking or irrigating fields.
The new movie Legend of the Guardians presents owls as heroic warriors fighting rival owl eugenicists. (Really.) But the owls of Ga'Hoole are just the latest in a proud tradition of fantastical owls that are alternately wise, creepy, mysterious...and awesome.