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Debunking Certain Myths About Precious Metals, Part I

Gold, silver and platinum are more than just pretty things to look at, so join us as we debunk a few myths about precious metals in this two-part article.

Few things draw human attention more than shiny useful things, which is probably why there are as so many myths about precious metals. A lot of those myths center around lost mines and other ephemera, but there are quite a few that pertain directly to the metals themselves. Here are 3 in our first part of the discussion.

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A Few More Science Myths

In a recent article, we explored general science myths — that is, myths concerning the study of science itself.

This time, we’ll take a look at a few specific myths that are commonly accepted as truth. If you’ve ever found yourself befuddled by science myths, don’t feel too bad. It’s a complicated world, and oftentimes the myths we accept as reality are passed on to us by authority figures and school textbooks. Take, for example, the myth that glass is really a very slow-flowing liquid, or polar bear fur is fiber-optic. Nope.

As 19th century humorist Josh Billings once said, “It’s not what we know that’s the problem, it’s what we know that ain’t so.”* Or, in the immortal words of Yoda to Luke Skywalker, “You must unlearn what you have learned.” In this article, we’ll try to help you do just that.

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Four Myths About Science, and Why They're Not True

Myths about science are inevitable, but all it takes to clear them up is a little explanation. Here are the facts behind four of ’em

Science doesn’t necessarily have to be difficult, but like most myths about science, this one seems to be firmly entrenched in our culture. How you feel about the subject often has to do with your exposure to it, as well as previous social programming — so the fact that there are so many myths isn’t really that surprising.

One amusing farce is, for example, that women aren’t genetically as scientific as men. But that’s just so much bunk, as ladies like Marie Curie, Jane Goodall, and Lynn Margulies might point out. Want to hear some more bunk, and the truth that lies behind it all? Here’s the skinny on four more science myths.

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The Truth Behind Six Persistent Weather Myths, Part II

In Part I of this article, we looked at several weather myths, covering such disparate topics as wind chill factor, ball lightning, and the shapes of raindrops. As simple as these subjects are, they’re fraught with misconceptions, so we thought we’d season the discussion with a few facts.

Looking for even more intellectual seasoning in your cognitive diet? Well, if you thought the first three items were interesting, we’ve got a few more that you may want to consider. Icy, spicy, and otherwise, try these three myths on for size.

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A Few More Shark Myths for You to Chew On

Ready to learn more about the beasties? We sure are!

A few weeks back, we did a two-part story on shark myths. The phenomena of shark myths are, to coin a phrase, the kind of subject that just keeps eating at a researcher. There’s still so much we don’t know about these critters; the mythology surrounding them is as murky as the water they live in. And we’re not talking about the superstition kind of mythology, though there’s plenty of that.

No, these myths originate from misunderstanding, and we at Mythbusters like nothing better than to tread on the head of that particular failing. So here are four more fantastic myths about sharks, and the truth that underlies their various misconceptions.

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The Truth Behind Six Persistent Weather Myths, Part I

Interested in talking about the weather? Well, here are six cool weather myths that you should definitely avoid

Nowadays, very few of us really believe angry or playful gods cause the weather… but that still leaves a lot of room for creative weather myths. We happen to feel that it’s our duty to dispel the cloud of foggy thinking surrounding such myths, so here are the facts behind six — three for each part of this article.

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Four Misconceived Myths About Bats

If myths about bats are driving you, well, batty, we can help you with that.

Few mammals have acquired quite as bad a reputation as our friends the Chiroptera. Indeed, the number of myths about bats is appalling. Instead of being proud of them, since they’re the only naturally flying mammals, we spread all kinds of rumors that prejudice us against these fascinating little fellows.

Yes, bats can be kind of scary, but that’s no reason to hate them. They’re pretty useful critters. For example, if it weren’t for bats, mosquitoes and other annoying bugs would overwhelm us. Keep that in mind as you’re learning the facts about these four batty myths.

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Dispelling Common Myths About Spaying and Neutering Pets

Consider, if you will, a few of the more common myths about spaying and neutering pets that keep too many pet owners from getting Fluffy and Fido fixed. These, for instance…

Despite the hordes of unwanted pets, despite the millions of dogs and cats put to sleep each year, some pet owners would rather believe the myths about spaying and neutering pets than to bite the bullet and do the right thing. Some people don’t even think it is the right thing, because they’ve never really thought about it.

Sure, it’s sad to realize that Tigger will never be a daddy, but is that sadder than ten kittens starving to death? Is it sadder than euthanizing his feral offspring because no one wants them? We don’t think so, and we hope you’ll feel the same after reading the truth about these myths.

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Myths About West Nile Virus to Avoid

As if mosquitoes weren’t bad enough, now we have to worry about a whole new mosquito-borne illness. But don’t let these myths about West Nile Virus lead you astray.

As with any new illness that emerges, the myths about West Nile Virus are proliferating faster than the disease. This is a big problem, because these myths can hurt you if you’re not careful. For that reason, it’s a good idea to educate yourself about the disease — and we’re here to help.

While we’d never offer you medical advice as such, we can make a few observations that will help you understand the reality of the West Nile Virus, and thus make more informed decisions about the situation. Here’s the truth about four common West Nile myths.

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Eight Myths About the Moon, Part II

Just because you believe a few myths about the moon doesn’t mean you’re a lunatic. After all, we all have our favorites. Like these four, for example.

In Part I of this article, we revealed the truth behind four myths about the moon, that calm celestial nightlight that we’ve all gazed upon and wondered about. In this exciting conclusion, we’ll take a look at four more myths about the moon, most of which seem reasonable until examined more closely.

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