Popular Myths in Science
Status: Urban Legends
LiveScience.com has a list of the 20 Most Popular Myths in Science
. Included in the list are classics such as these:
It takes seven years to digest gum.
Hair and fingernails continue growing after death.
A penny dropped from the top of a tall building could kill a pedestrian.
Humans use only 10 percent of their brains.
You get less wet by running in the rain.
Eating a poppy seed bagel mimics opium use.
Oddly enough, they also throw a few strange-but-true items into this list of myths, such as these:
Chickens can live without a head.
Yawning is "contagious".
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