10 Worst Misconceptions About Medieval Life You'd Get From Fantasy Books

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. » 2/19/15 2:28pm 2/19/15 2:28pm

Why Believing In Astrology Is Not As Harmless As You Think

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. » 6/25/14 3:19pm 6/25/14 3:19pm

Everyone Calm the Eff Down: Birth Control Won't Make You Go Blind

Yesterday, researchers released findings that showed what was reported as a link between long term use of birth control and glaucoma, an incurable, progressive condition that leads to blindness. If you trusted the way it was reported by several outlets, even so much as thinking about whore pills was likely to cause… » 11/19/13 1:20pm 11/19/13 1:20pm

10 Health Myths That Just Won't Die, Debunked by Science

Everything makes you fat! Gluten-free food is the key to eternal youth! You need to poop ten times a day or you’ll die! You’ll find tons of equally ridiculous health claims around the internet, and you’ll actually believe some of them. Today we’re taking a look at 10 common myths and uncovering the truth. » 10/14/13 1:06pm 10/14/13 1:06pm

If You're Having Sex to Lose Weight Then Your Sex Life Is Empty and Sad

Bad news, um, mystery sex acrobats: Researchers have announced that, despite popular and enduring myths to the contrary, having sex does not burn a significant number of calories. In fact, it burns, like, eight. (Actually 21, on average. But basically eight.) » 1/31/13 6:00pm 1/31/13 6:00pm

New TV Ads from Kotex Should Help Debunk Some of the More Pernicious…

On Monday, Jan. 7, the benevolent corporate entity known as Kimberly-Clark will launch an ad campaign for its U by Kotex brand that unabashedly discusses the sundry myths shrouding ladyparts. "Generation Know", which was devised in part by Ogivly & Mather, will feature 30- and 15-second TV spots in which young women… » 1/04/13 5:50pm 1/04/13 5:50pm

Attention Buffy Wannabes: There Might Be a Vampire Hanging Out in Serbia

So I know you had plans to go see the Dingoes at the Bronze later and I don't want to ruin your night — especially because I heard that guy Angel is gonna be there and you know he likes you — but I talked to Giles and it looks like there's a chance that we might have to send you Serbia to take care of this vampire… » 12/04/12 11:20am 12/04/12 11:20am

Study Suggests That Sex During Pregnancy Doesn’t Induce Labor Even…

A popular pregnancy myth may soon be going the way of the jabberwocky thanks to a new study from Malaysia that suggests having sex in the latter stages of pregnancy does not help women induce labor, rather, it's just a fun, purely recreational activity. » 11/22/12 5:45pm 11/22/12 5:45pm

Toothed Vaginas and Wandering Uteri: The Seven Most Ridiculous Myths…

Recently we've heard some world-class craziness on the subject of that wondrous creation, the female body. The GOP has long frowned upon sex education, and for good reason. A rudimentary understanding of biology would render nonsensical many of its cherished ideas about women's anatomical functions. Congressman Todd… » 8/29/12 1:00pm 8/29/12 1:00pm

Government Agency Destroys Our Dreams by Revealing That Mermaids Aren’t…

Here's some sad news, you guys: Mermaids don't actually exist. I know, I know, we've spent all that time that Splash was a documentary, but no, mermaids are nothing but a figment of our collective imagination. How do we know (except for, you know, already knowing)? Because the National Ocean Service, a part of the… » 7/04/12 11:55pm 7/04/12 11:55pm

The Walking Dead Is Spreading Icky Morning-After Pill Myths


The Walking Dead, now in its second season, has riveted audiences with its tense undead action interspersed with human drama. Lately, though, the show's seeming ignorance of how the morning after pill works has been rubbing some viewers the wrong way. It should surprise approximately no one that a drama based on a… » 11/21/11 5:00pm 11/21/11 5:00pm

You're Not Having A "Midlife Crisis"

"There is no age in life that predisposes you to having a crisis," says a Swiss lifespan researcher commenting on findings released this week. But if the idea of a Midlife Crisis is debunked, then what was John Updike talking about when Rabbit ran? Was Rabbit just being a dick? » 2/20/11 3:00pm 2/20/11 3:00pm

Period Pregnancy And Other Women's Health Myths

It is possible to get pregnant on your period, but antibiotics don't deactivate birth control pills. Learn more about these and other "myths about women's bodies" in this slideshow. [LiveScience] » 6/08/09 11:40am 6/08/09 11:40am

Have you spent the better part of your days gulping down at least eight glasses of water in hopes that ultra-hydration would transform bad skin into Halle Berry's perfect epidermis? Well, it turns out » 10/28/08 2:30pm 10/28/08 2:30pm that the old wives' tale that a lot of water is great for your complexion is just that... a tale. Instead, doctors…