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Facebook Social Networking Myths — Believe it or Not!

Need help weeding through all the social networking myths?

Facebook is without a doubt the top social networking site on the internet. Along with its many users come many myths. Here are the top myths so you can finally learn the truth about your favorites spot to hang out.

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Dealing With Some Popular Myths About Poker

It has been sung, by Kenny Rogers in fact, “you’ve got to know when to hold ’em, know when to fold ’em” — but most other myths about poker simply aren’t true.

Myths about poker are surprisingly common. While it may not be as big as football or soccer, poker is a sport that just about anyone can play, either face-to-face or online. Some of us still think of the game as slightly seedy (since it is, after all, gambling), but more people are playing poker now than ever before.

In this episode of Mythbusters, we’ll take a look at a few popular poker myths. Fear not! Your Humble Writer is no cardshark, but he knows his way around a deck (electronic or otherwise).

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Some Common Olympic Myths

If you think the Olympic torch tradition is a legacy of the ancient Greeks, then you’ve fallen for one of the more persistent Olympic myths; it’s actually a Nazi invention. Intrigued? Read on!

Whether you believe the demigod Herakles or the Lydian prince Pelops founded the ancient Olympics (there are Olympic myths claiming both), it’s a fact that the Games are shrouded in their own special brand of mythology. It goes without saying that most of those myths are a far cry from fact — but we’ll say it anyway.

So grab your torch and follow along as we take a closer look at a trio of interesting and tenacious myths about the Olympic Games, ancient and modern, and offer up the fascinating truth behind all three.

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Take That, Lara Croft! More Popular Archaeology Myths

A while back, we dusted off some common archaeology myths and showed you whey they weren’t true. Here are a few more to add to the collection.

As we pointed out in our previous article on archaeology myths, archaeology isn’t all fun and games. Sure, it’s a great job, especially if you like to walk and dig holes all day, but it’s a job nonetheless. Though it has its charms, it’s usually no more glamorous than digging ditches.

Lara Croft, as thrilling as she is, was invented to appeal to teenage gamer boys, not to represent a real archeologist. And no, field archaeologists aren’t digging for dinosaur bones, gold, or oil — you can’t imagine how tired they get of hearing people ask that. While we’re at it, here’s the truth about a few other myths.

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Five Top Copyright Myths, Busted to Pieces

If you’re a writer, you need to know your copyrights — and your copyright myths.

Copyright myths are surprisingly abundant, even among writers, publishers, and other wordsmiths. They tend to be based either on out-of-date facts, or simple confusion with somewhat different concepts. In this article, we’ll take a close look at five myths about the magical copyright, and reveal the truth about each.

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Photo Sharing Privacy Policies: Myths and Reality, Part II

Be careful when posting your pictures on photo sharing sites — they all have subtly different privacy policies, which you can run afoul of if you’re not careful.

In Part I of this article, we provided an example of how the differences in the privacy policies maintained by various photo sharing sites can trip up the unwary. In our case, we were surprised to discover the SmugMug account for our new site, Photo Sharing Nuggets, indexed on Google; we’d thought it was private.

Other sites handle the privacy issue differently, and there’s enough variation from one to another that you have to tread very carefully. In this half of the article, we’ll briefly discuss the privacy policies of other popular photo sharing sites.

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Photo Sharing Privacy Policies: Myth and Reality, Part I

Have you looked carefully at the privacy policies on your favorite photo sharing sites? They may not exactly be what you’d expect.

Privacy policies are an accepted part of the Internet experience these days. Of course, there are those who believe you shouldn’t be uptight about privacy if you’re willing to participate in something as public as the World Wide Web, especially if you’re going to post photographs. We happen to disagree.

Just because you’re willing to share your artistry with the world doesn’t mean you should be fair game for every scammer and marketer out there. In this two-part article, we’ll offer some advice on the current state of photo sharing privacy on the Web, and how to maintain yours — starting with a personal example.

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