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1. It takes seven years to digest chewing gum.

While it may prove a bit more difficult to break down than organic foodstuffs, chewing gum gets no special treatment from the digestive system. Doctors figure this old wives' tale was invented to prevent kids from swallowing the rubbery substance.

2. The Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure visible from space.

There are several variations on this folkloric statement, and they're all quantifiably false. Astronauts can spot the Great Wall from low-Earth orbit, along with plenty of other things like the Giza pyramids and even airport runways. But they can't see the Wall from the Moon.

3. Humans use only 10 percent of their brains.

This media darling has been around for at least a century. Fortunately, it's just not true. MRI imaging clearly demonstrates"”with fancy colors no less"”that humans put most of their cerebral cortex to good use, even while dozing.

4. Adults don't grow new brain cells.

Much of a human's crucial brain development happens during childhood, but it isn't all downhill from there. Studies have shown that neurons continue to grow and change well into the adult years.

5. Water drains backwards in the Southern Hemisphere due to the Earth's rotation.

Not only is the Earth's rotation too weak to affect the direction of water flowing in a drain, tests you can easily perform in a few washrooms will show that water whirlpools both ways depending on the sink's structure, not the hemisphere.

6. Animals can predict natural disasters.

There is no evidence that animals possess a mysterious sixth-sense allowing them to predict natural disasters. Their keen senses of smell, hearing, and sharp instincts alone are enough to send them scattering for the hillsides during a hurricane or tsunami. And even so, animals often die during natural disasters, so if they do have some sort of sixth sense, it's not worth much.

7. A penny dropped from the top of a tall building could kill a pedestrian.

A penny isn't the most aerodynamic of weapons. A combination of its shape and wind friction means that, tossed even from the 1,250-foot Empire State Building, it would travel fast enough merely to sting an unlucky pedestrian.

8. A dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's.

Despite a habit of licking things no human would dare, Fido's mouth is often touted as scientifically more sterile. Truth is, oral bacteria are so species-specific that one can't be considered cleaner than the other, just different.

9. Men think about sex every seven seconds.

Males are driven to reproduce, evolutionarily speaking, but there is no scientific way of measuring to what extent that desire consumes their everyday lives. Thankfully, for world productivity as a whole, seven seconds seems a gross overstatement, as best researchers can tell.

10. Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

In fact lightning favors certain spots, particularly high locations. The Empire State Building is struck about 25 times every year. Ben Franklin grasped the concept long ago and mounted a metal rod atop the roof of his home, then ran a wire to the ground, thereby inventing the lightning rod.

11. A falling cat will always land on its feet.

Studies have demonstrated that, when dropped from most heights, cats will land gracefully on their feet. Results change only with cats dropped upside-down from a height of one foot or less. We're not suggesting you try this at home.

12. Yawning is "contagious"

Empirically, this is tough to deny; perhaps you'll yawn while reading this. The real question is whether there's actually something physiological at work here, and the answer is likely yes: even chimpanzees mimic each other's yawns.

13. There is no gravity in space

Blame the term "zero-gravity" for this common misconception. Gravity is everywhere, even in space. Astronauts look weightless because they are in continuous freefall towards the Earth, staying aloft because of their horizontal motion. The effect of gravity diminishes with distance, but it never truly goes away. Oh, and while we're at it, it's also untrue that space is a vacuum. There are all kinds of atoms out there, albeit sometimes far apart (and this thin gas adds to the collective gravity budget, too!)

14. Chicken soup can cure the common cold

Cure is a strong word, but science suggests Moms around the world are still right in forcing spoonfuls of chicken soup down their kids' throats. Studies have found that the broth actually contains anti-inflammatory properties that help reduce congestion.

15. Seasons are caused by the Earth's proximity to the sun.

The Earth's distance from the sun during its yearly elliptical orbit actually has little effect on temperature. It's the angle of the Earth's tilt"”toward the sun in the summer for the Northern Hemisphere and away in the winter"”that dictates climate.

16. Chickens can live without a head.

True, and not just for a few minutes. A chicken can stagger around without its noggin because the brain stem, often left partially intact after a beheading, controls most of its reflexes. One robust fellow lived a full eighteen months. Likely he was a real birdbrain, however.

17. The five second rule.

Having an arbitrary rule justifying the consumption of food dropped on the floor within a certain time frame is convenient, especially when said food is a brownie. Unfortunately, tests (and logic) confirm that germs will stick to most foods right on contact.

18. Hair and fingernails continue growing after death.

Though hair and fingernails appear to keep growing after death, this is merely a morbid optical illusion at work. In death the human body dehydrates severely, retracting enough skin to expose more nail and hair.
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I'm wondering if No. 14 still works if it's a can of chicken woup? soup, lol. Wink coz not many people actually make the real thang anymore... cooking up a chicken broth using a real raw chicken.

And yes, science can be a really fun thing. The ever-growing number of Popular Science titles is a sure sign that everyone is a closet sticky-beak/info freak.
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Every time that my wife and I visit her family in Colombia we have sancocho de gallina (gallina=hen). Everybody keeps a chicken or two or three, generally with a string tied around one of their legs to keep them from getting away.

My wife can't bring herself to kill the chicken, so her mother usually does it. The method is to grab the chicken by the head and swing it around very fast in a circle, snapping the neck.

The last time, her mother had some difficulty swinging the chicken with enough force to do the job, and it took several tries. (I felt kinda' sorry for the chicken.)
Here's one:

DDT kills the environment, and is a great danger to humans.

This is more than a myth. It is a hoax played an earth's human population by Rachel Carson auhor of 'Silent Spring'.

DDT could reduce deaths from malaria to near zero within a year.

AND... THE ENTIRE SCIENCE COMMUNITY KNOWS IT!!!!

Of course, most malaria deaths are in Africa, followed by South, and Central America.

And...Asia of course.

Hmmmm.

The lie is documented in 'Hoodwinked' by an author that escapes just now.

Pennsylvania's Environmental building in Harrisburg is named 'The Rachel Carson Building'.
JWC...more explanation please...I'd like to know what information led you to believe the above.

Also, in regards to DDT's use in curing malaria, by what process? Are you talking about applying the chemically 'topically' on the person?---art_gurl

I've known of this since the late-70s.

The application is as an insecticide DDT is 99%+ effective in eradicating the mosquito that carries, transmits, the disease.

A good reference is 'Hoodwinked' by Jack Cashill pp 199 - 215.

We used to laugh at reports of this guy (J. Gordon Edwards) who toured the country, and the world, debunking the claims of Rachel Carson and her governmental recruits.

He would eat the stuff; drink it.

The Environmental Culture will rarely, rarely admit when it is wrong.

They will hold on to a position, knowingly, to the detriment of others.


PEACE

Jim Chester
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Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:
I've known of this since the late-70s.

The application is as an insecticide DDT is 99%+ effective in eradicating the mosquito that carries, transmits, the disease.

A good reference is 'Hoodwinked' by Jack Cashill pp 199 - 215.

We used to laugh at reports of this guy (J. Gordon Edwards) who toured the country, and the world, debunking the claims of Rachel Carson and her governmental recruits.

He would eat the stuff; drink it.

The Environmental Culture will rarely, rarely admit when it is wrong.

They will hold on to a position, knowingly, to the detriment of others.


PEACE

Jim Chester


My sentiments exactly....damn environmentalists...way too many young children die of a disease that is largely preventable.
quote:
Originally posted by James Wesley Chester:
Here's one:

DDT kills the environment, and is a great danger to humans.

This is more than a myth. It is a hoax played an earth's human population by Rachel Carson auhor of 'Silent Spring'.

DDT could reduce deaths from malaria to near zero within a year.

AND... THE ENTIRE SCIENCE COMMUNITY KNOWS IT!!!!

Of course, most malaria deaths are in Africa, followed by South, and Central America.

And...Asia of course.

Hmmmm.

The lie is documented in 'Hoodwinked' by an author that escapes just now.

Pennsylvania's Environmental building in Harrisburg is named 'The Rachel Carson Building'.



I've heard that pressures from the environmentalist nuts has forced the U.S. to not send DDT to Africa, Asia, ect....
If it isn't dangerous, why when they used to spray for 'fruit flies' in Cali when I was growing up did they used to tell us to cover our cars(becauese it will eat off the paint), take our pets inside, and make sure we sta inside. Was that all a hoax?---Oshun Auset

I, for one, believe such beliefs were the consequence of the hoax.

I haven't gone bach here to look at my earlier posts, but the man who travel the nation, and other parts of the world trying to expose the hoax would eat it (DDT) as a part of his insistence.

It is criminal for DDT to be banned in such a manner at to preclude it being used in various nations on the African continent.


Apply DDT, and malaria is on its way to the history of a society.

No one argues that this is not true.

Everyone gets into the argument of the politics, and the drug industry revenues and other such 'personal' perks.

Thet's criminal.


PEACE

Jim Chester

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