Creepy Relics of Phrenology, the Pseudoscience of Reading Head Bumps

These creepy miniature heads — 60 in all — are a fascinating relic of a short-lived fad in the 18th century called phrenology. They’re currently housed at the Science Museum in London. Phrenology was basically a pseudoscientific approach to determining someone’s personality traits and intellectual capacity by feeling… »9/10/15 9:15pm9/10/15 9:15pm

Rob Rhinehart's Latest Attempt to Make You Buy Soylent Is Terrible

I think Rob Rhinehart is trying to turn himself into some sort of creepy nerd messiah. Today he posted a giant essay to promote the release of Soylent 2.0, the next version of his sperm-esque food replacement drink. It was all about how he’s given up alternating current so he can get ready for his life as a space… »8/03/15 6:00pm8/03/15 6:00pm

I Fooled Millions Into Thinking Chocolate Helps Weight Loss. Here's How.


“Slim by Chocolate!” the headlines blared. A team of German researchers had found that people on a low-carb diet lost weight 10 percent faster if they ate a chocolate bar every day. It made the front page of Bild, Europe’s largest daily newspaper, just beneath their update about the Germanwings crash. From there, it… »5/27/15 4:26pm5/27/15 4:26pm

The "Food Babe" Blogger Is Full of Shit


Vani Hari, AKA the Food Babe, has amassed a loyal following in her Food Babe Army. The recent subject of profiles and interviews in the New York Times, the New York Post and New York Magazine, Hari implores her soldiers to petition food companies to change their formulas. She's also written a bestselling book telling… »4/06/15 4:32pm4/06/15 4:32pm

This Kickstarter Is Clearly Just a Marketing Scam from the 90s

Yesterday we learned that Kickstarter is trying to hire someone to make sure scammy crap doesn't slip onto the crowdfunding page. Not a moment too soon: One of the grandpappies of all pseudo-science marketing scams recently raised over $210,000 and has the stamp of approval as a "Staff Pick" for peddling a revamped… »3/05/15 3:33pm3/05/15 3:33pm

How "Clean" Was Sold to America with Fake Science

The average American's daily hygiene ritual would seem unusual—nay, obsessive—to our forebears a hundred years ago. From mouthwash to deodorant, most of our hygiene products were invented in the past century. To sell them, the advertising industry had to create pseudoscientific maladies like "bad breath" and "body… »2/12/15 12:22pm2/12/15 12:22pm

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… »1/14/15 4:28pm1/14/15 4:28pm

Proof that Denver Airport is one of the most evil places on Earth

Having recently been stranded in Denver Airport for 24 hours, I can tell you anecdotally that the place is hellish. Exit arrows point at each other instead of outside; corridors lead to nowhere; and security checkpoints seem to disappear mysteriously as you approach them. As you drive into the airport, you're greeted… »6/02/11 10:20am6/02/11 10:20am