PBS has a documentary about Orson Welles’ infamous 1938 War of the Worlds radio broadcast and the resulting hysteria that swept America. The only problem? Many scholars contend that the program didn’t actually cause mass panic at all.
Some people think that walking under a ladder is bad luck. Others knock on wood so they don’t tempt fate. And we can’t forget about the people who avoid the number 13. Some people even press “down B” after they throw a Pokeball in Pokémon games, because they think it will help them capture monsters with ease. Wait,…
The world of psychology can be pretty extensive, and because of that, a lot of things can be unclear. This video will help clear your mind of all the myths and old wives' tales.
Some tropes are so ingrained in Medieval-inspired fantasy stories that it's tempting to think that they represent real aspects of Medieval life. But often these stories are just reinforcing myths and misconceptions about life in the Middle Ages.
We need science more than ever, yet many people find it hard to get accurate information about the scientific method and its achievements. Making things more difficult, their misconceptions about science are often driven by logical fallacies, or errors in deductive reasoning. Here are eight of the most common…
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Pokémon may be famously cheery, but the series has its share of dark, spooky myths. The most famous of those have got to be the ones about Lavender Town.
People who diligently follow their horoscopes may claim that it's all just good fun. But on closer examination, this claim falls flat. Here's why astrology is potentially damaging to our understanding of science, relationships — and even our place in the universe itself.
The act of drinking alcohol is surrounded by myths. Whether it's the idea you can trick breathalyzers or the suggestion that caffeine sobers you up, let's debunk some of these misconceptions so we can actually enjoy our drinks.
It looked bad, LeBron getting Paul Pierced off the court, a Finals opener sliding wetly to an uneventful end, Gatorade trolling down from the ramparts of for-profit pseudo-science.
The first Hercules trailer for Dwayne Johnson's epic action flick looked alright, but the second trailer appears to be (slightly) more self-aware. Crackin' jokes, fighting slo-mo lions and hydras and mugging for the camera — this is the demigod we want.
This year marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, a conflict that still rouses considerable debate and controversy. It's also a war that's shrouded in many myths and misconceptions — and these ten are among the worst.
It's always refreshing to see films and television shows where scientists are portrayed as heroes — except when the science itself is bogus. Over at the CDC, bloggers are endeavoring to inoculate the public against the entertainment industry's most egregious "outbreak" clichés.
Crowds are flocking to León's San Isidro basilica in Spain after two historians published a book claiming that the precious goblet of the Infanta Doña Urraca is the mythical chalice from which Jesus drank during the last supper.
Compared to some ancient religions, the Egyptian gods were pretty chill. They rarely tried to wipe out humanity, get in drunken bar brawls with their own followers, or eat their own babies — although "rarely" is not "never," and Ra, Horus and the rest definitely had their moments of divine dickishness. Here are a few.
The Japanese are very much into their spirits. There are hundreds of them, many harmless, many tragic, and more than a few just mischievous. There actually aren't too many evil spirits wandering the country… but there are a few, and you don't want to mess with any of them. Here are 14 reasons to avoid Japanese…
This Saturday, the latest series from Misfits creator Howard Overman will air in the United States for the first time. And to celebrate, here are two exclusive clips from Atlantis — including one featuring a Minotaur. Which is excellent.
It’s a mystery why ancient Greeks worshipped their gods, because their gods were all complete dickheads. They could — and did! — steal, rape, torture, or kill pretty much anyone at any time. Of course, the kings and heroes of ancient Greece was also often terrible people, so maybe the gods were just par for the…