Tag Archives: myths

Son of Holiday Myths Debunked

Over the last few years, I’ve occasionally written posts on some myth or another. Every time I accumulate enough interesting ones, I tend to write a short article. So here we go. References to religious facts were gathered quickly. If … Continue reading

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Education Myths in a Corporate Context

Battling and countering myths is, of course, something we skeptics do a lot, especially here at the Skeptoid podcast and blog. But once in a while, some organization outside of the skeptical circle also tackles the topic of countering common … Continue reading

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11 Skeptical Reasons to Read Playboy

There used to be an old wives’ tale back in my student days at the University of Leuven’s philosophy department: that we were “allowed” to read the Playboy—as if one would need permission for that. We didn’t read it for … Continue reading

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Independence Day Trivia

In Skeptoid fashion I thought I would celebrate the 4th of July Holiday in the United States with a quick list of some “facts” surrounding the history of the holiday. Some will be true, some are false, but all are widely recognized. … Continue reading

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Super Bowl Myths: Hordes of Hookers, Avalanches of Avocados

The bigger an event is, the more pervasive and long-lasting its accompanying myths are. This is especially true of the Super Bowl, the one day of the year when a billion people gather together to eat avocados, go to the … Continue reading

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My Fascinating Backyard: Spiny Backed Orb Weaver Spider + Spider Myths

Photo taken by Mkullen The other day I almost walked into a spider web that contained a spider that looked bizarre and like nothing else I’ve ever seen. Its back is white with face-like black markings and it has 6 … Continue reading

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Be Skeptical of These Claims by the Late Kim Jong-il

Kim Jong-il is dead, and I don’t hear any mourning.  What I have heard, however, over the course of many years, are fantastic claims that he had made about himself and his abilities.  Let us take a few minutes and … Continue reading

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