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University of Toronto Defends Class That Taught Anti-Vaccine Propaganda

Are you a student looking for a great health studies course? I’d suggest steering clear of the University of Toronto’s Scarborough campus. The school has recently become the laughingstock of the scientific community for a course that includes materials on the dangers of vaccines. Jenny McCarthy would be so proud. » 7/07/15 2:47pm 7/07/15 2:47pm

Robot Fact-Checkers Are Coming Soon

Look out bullshit peddlers, the robot fact-checkers are coming to get you. Researchers at Indiana University have developed an automated system for checking claims made online. And while it’s not the first such system, it’s definitely a sign that automated fact-checking might soon become mainstream. » 6/17/15 3:34pm 6/17/15 3:34pm

Will a Planetary Alignment Cause a 9.8 Earthquake This Week? [Updated]

An earth-shattering 9.8 earthquake is coming this week! At least according to your weird uncle’s Facebook page. The Big One is supposed to hit this Thursday, May 28th, thanks to a planetary alignment predicted by Nostradamus and some random guy in the Netherlands. Except that it’s all bullshit. » 5/26/15 1:58pm 5/26/15 1:58pm

10 More Viral Photos That Are Actually Fake

Believe it or not, there are a lot of fake photos on the internet. And the explosion in the number of spammy Twitter accounts like OldPicsArchive and HistoryInPics help them spread like wildfire. Today we're taking a look at 10 more fake-ish photos you may have seen in your social media streams recently. They're all… » 2/03/15 12:00pm 2/03/15 12:00pm

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 11/20/14 5:16pm

The 1920s Instructions for Building Your Own Light-Up Crystal Ball

Tech magazines of the 1920s were all about debunking magicians who claimed paranormal powers, conjurers, and other frauds. But they also showed you how these people pulled off their greatest tricks. Like in this November 1925 issue of The Experimenter where you could learn how to make a smoking crystal ball. » 11/12/14 3:57pm 11/12/14 3:57pm

No, the first baby born under anaesthesia wasn't named Anaesthesia

According to a recent post that's gone viral among science and history nerds, the first baby born to a mother under anaesthesia named her baby Anaesthesia. It's an amusing fun fact. But unfortunately, it's too good to be true. Anaesthesia was reportedly a nickname sometimes used by the doctor who delivered the baby… » 8/21/14 5:30pm 8/21/14 5:30pm