Did Ben Franklin want the turkey to be our national symbol?

It's one of those Thanksgiving fun facts I loved repeating when I was a kid: Ben Franklin liked turkeys so much that he wanted them to be our 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. » 11/20/14 5:16pm Thursday 5:16pm

Discovery of WWII photos in a foxhole was just a dumb hoax

Right around Independence Day, an amazing story went around: historians discover a soldier's camera at the site of the Battle of the Bulge. They develop the 70-year-old film and find grainy but gripping images taken by a soldier just before he was killed. It's an engrossing tale—but it's false: the photos came from a… » 7/11/14 2:22pm 7/11/14 2:22pm

MIT Researcher Is Not a Nuclear Scientist, Radioactivity Claims Debunked

Salon has published this article about "MIT research scientist" Dr. Josef Oehmen and his post Why I am not worried about Japan's nuclear reactors, which went viral after its publication. The article was reposted in The Energy Collective, a site pro-nuclear lobbying site funded by Siemens, a manufacturer of nuclear… » 3/15/11 11:05pm 3/15/11 11:05pm