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10 Worst Misconceptions About Medieval Life You'd Get From Fantasy Books

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.


8 Logical Fallacies That Fuel Anti-Science Sentiments

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 anti-science fallacies.


Why The Victorians Thought That Lightning Worked Like A Camera Flash

When the flash on a camera goes off, we know something has made a visual record of the world. The Victorians noticed this and thought that lightning might work like a giant camera.


For 20 Years, Parisian Women Were Famous For Injecting Themselves With Perfume

It’s not just today’s media that reports on scandalous stories of foreign decadence that probably aren’t true. In 1912 the New York Times reported that Parisian women were injecting perfume into themselves. Sounds like a good idea to me.


Don't Get A 'Base Tan'

The myth of the ‘base tan’ needs to die. Like Bonnaroo and thongs, the concept of the base tan reappears every year and gets enthusiastically endorsed by a subset of confused people with dubious hygiene standards.


No, Walt Disney Isn't Cryogenically Frozen

It’s one of those urban legends that just won’t die. Was Walt Disney actually cryogenically frozen after he died so that he could be reanimated in the future? No.


Did Ben Franklin Want The Turkey To Be The National Symbol Of The US?

It’s one of those fun facts I loved repeating when I was a kid: Ben Franklin liked turkeys so much that he wanted them to be America’s national bird instead of the bald eagle. It’s a popular fun fact. But I was shattered to learn as an adult that this little nugget of trivia isn’t quite true.


Debunking 20 Common Misconceptions About Sex

Maybe you consider yourself a maestro in the bedroom or a lion in the sheets or think that you don’t need no stinking advice about sex. But do you really know what you’re doing? Do you really have all your info right? Mental Floss decides to debunk 20 common misconceptions about sex in the video within. You’ll learn something.


Seven Common Myths About The Brain Squashed By Science

Video: This neat video destroys seven commonly held myths about the brain — because there is a lot we think we know but don’t. The effects of drugs, alcohol and size are just a few of the areas where misconceptions are busted.


5 Common Life Hack Myths That Aren't True At All

Debunking life hacks are always fun — come on, pointing out silly people doing silly workarounds for silly things to save a silly amount of time never gets old — so Household Hacker whipped up a quick list of five myths that some people do that don’t actually help change anything.


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