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.
The myth of the ‘base tan’ needs to die. Like Bonnaroo and flip-flops, the concept of the base tan reappears every summer and gets enthusiastically endorsed by a subset of confused people with dubious hygiene standards.
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.
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…
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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.
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.
We see some things happen so often in movies that they start to seep into our reality. We totally think they're real. Like thinking the asteroid belt is some dangerous road or that firing a gun to break a lock works or that silencers truly silence a weapon. But nope! Those are all myths that can't ever happen in real…
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 below. You'll learn…
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.
You've probably heard the saying, "lightning never strikes the same place twice." But it's actually a myth.
People who diligently follow their horoscopes may claim that it's all just good fun. But on closer examination, this claim falls flat. Here's why astrology is potentially damaging to our understanding of science, relationships — and even our place in the universe itself.
The first Hercules trailer for Dwayne Johnson's epic action flick looked alright, but the second trailer appears to be (slightly) more self-aware. Crackin' jokes, fighting slo-mo lions and hydras and mugging for the camera — this is the demigod we want.
This year marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, a conflict that still rouses considerable debate and controversy. It's also a war that's shrouded in many myths and misconceptions — and these ten are among the worst.
It's always refreshing to see films and television shows where scientists are portrayed as heroes — except when the science itself is bogus. Over at the CDC, bloggers are endeavoring to inoculate the public against the entertainment industry's most egregious "outbreak" clichés.
Crowds are flocking to León's San Isidro basilica in Spain after two historians published a book claiming that the precious goblet of the Infanta Doña Urraca is the mythical chalice from which Jesus drank during the last supper.
Compared to some ancient religions, the Egyptian gods were pretty chill. They rarely tried to wipe out humanity, get in drunken bar brawls with their own followers, or eat their own babies — although "rarely" is not "never," and Ra, Horus and the rest definitely had their moments of divine dickishness. Here are a few.
The Japanese are very much into their spirits. There are hundreds of them, many harmless, many tragic, and more than a few just mischievous. There actually aren't too many evil spirits wandering the country… but there are a few, and you don't want to mess with any of them. Here are 14 reasons to avoid Japanese…