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Most Popular myths in Science (45)


1 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-01-22 17:19 ID:WSYwUIhE


Most Popular Myths in Science



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2 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-01-22 18:08 ID:iqPyz05s

>Chickens can live without a head

They do... for a little while. Not a real myth.

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3 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-01-22 18:27 ID:Heaven

> You get less wet by running in the rain

Simple mathematical analysis shows this to be entirely true. The minimum wetness would be achieved when moving at infinite speed through the rain.

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4 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-01-22 23:39 ID:Heaven

>They do... for a little while. Not a real myth.

Depends on the definition of "living".

5 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-01-22 23:51 ID:K/Xlcq/l

Well, to their credit, the site does list a lot of these as being entirely true. The use of "myth" is confusing, but techincally correct. The dictionary gives:

2. A popular belief or story that has become associated with a person, institution, or occurrence, especially one considered to illustrate a cultural ideal: a star whose fame turned her into a myth; the pioneer myth of suburbia.

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6 Name: sega : 2007-01-25 04:51 ID:htnCkXXf

>>3
You will have to take into account that more water gets on the frontal area when you are moving faster. You only took speed into account for the top area.

7 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-01-25 12:26 ID:r/gdwkdj

>>6

What do you think the "rain density * distance * frontal area" term is? Well, I guess left out a step in the derivation of that:

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8 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-01-25 12:40 ID:/OfOb83c

when you move at infinite speed, you catch all the rain in the air that is on your track. your front will get very wet.

I think you actually catch more water when you go faster. however, it is still practical to run, rather than walk because you'll be getting wet for a shorter period of time. (Which is useful only if you are going home or somewhere where you can change your clothes)

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9 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-01-25 13:52 ID:r/gdwkdj

>>8

You catch that same amount of rain no matter what speed you move at. However, when moving at less than infinite speed, you also catch rain falling on you from above. I already posted the maths for that in >>3.

10 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-01-28 03:01 ID:htnCkXXf

>>9
That makes sense I think.

11 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-02-20 17:56 ID:fN2g/f/8

>5. Eating a poppy seed bagel mimics opium use

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12 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-02-20 17:59 ID:fN2g/f/8

>>11
I actually looked at the website, and realized they were saying the myth is that you get the same physical effects from a poppy-seed bagel as you do from ingesting opium (which I had never heard before now, and agree is false.) The titling of the myth is misleading though, it makes you think they're referring to the drug test.

13 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-02-26 09:30 ID:Heaven

>>3
actually it would be at the speed of light. any faster than that and you wouldn't actually be moving through the rain.

14 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-03-18 23:52 ID:Heaven

>>4

I believer there was a chicken that lived for a significant amount of time without a head. This was more the result of poor aim though. The farmer beheaded the chicken, but failed to sever the brain stem from the spinal cord as well as failing to strike the jugular (clotting stopped the rest of the bleeding). The chicken lived, traveling as a sort of sideshow attraction.

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15 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-04-08 14:30 ID:Heaven

>>14
Oh the irony, naming a headless chicken "Mike".

16 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-04-30 03:50 ID:QEabHJ94

>>11

It's not really misleading. When people think opium use they think of getting high, not urine testing. You're reading too much into the title.

17 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-05-02 14:09 ID:DrW1DAVF

>> 11. A dog's mouth is cleaner than a human's

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18 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-05-02 22:47 ID:Heaven

abiogenesis

19 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-05-27 19:41 ID:/5rnKKx9

The most popular myth in science ... that should be Creationism!

20 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-05-28 05:11 ID:cvXpmP9S

>>19
While certainly a myth, creationism is hardly "in science."

21 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-06-12 22:21 ID:hPuGc9oX

>>20

Creationism keeps violating science in certain circles, does that count?

22 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-06-16 21:02 ID:Heaven

22 getting in a science religion battle royal!

23 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-07-30 14:50 ID:OYzqixP4

>>19 creationism exist, but not by the so-called GOD, it's by nature, and natural evolution

24 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-07-31 23:42 ID:Heaven

>>23
that, is naturalism

25 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-08-28 19:41 ID:jT9IWE15

God... You're all athiests.... @.@

26 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-08-28 20:14 ID:pIss5JGr

Move at infinite speed = instant teleportation ---> you won't catch a single drop of water!

27 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-08-28 20:49 ID:6tFO5KBb

>>25

http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/en/3/3f/Irreligion.png

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28 Name: God : 2007-09-02 04:03 ID:Heaven

>>25
Yes, I don't even believe in myself. Ironic? Not really.

29 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-09-14 00:35 ID:yjRm8hZR

>>26

>Move at infinite speed = instant teleportation
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30 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-09-27 08:43 ID:fEWaMIiI

>>25

Actually, no, I'm a a believer in Intelligent Design, ie, Aliens seeding the planet. Yes, I really do, and no I'm not on anything.

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31 Name: SunshinePaladin : 2007-09-29 01:19 ID:+EefjZKz

>19. The Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure visible from space.

The myth is:

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32 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-09-29 13:45 ID:oyN655GL

"Space"? Do they mean "outer space"? What about low orbit satellites?

33 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-10-07 21:03 ID:c/UJrTBL

>The Great Wall of China is visible from space.

Yes, it is

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34 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-10-15 08:19 ID:YdZ9d6lT

some of that stuff is bullcrap or a twist of wording

eg "animals can predict natural disasters"

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35 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-11-02 13:28 ID:+vB5uk+D

15. You get less wet by running in the rain

yes

36 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-11-03 21:57 ID:c/UJrTBL

>>35
You'll get soaked either way.

37 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-11-17 13:50 ID:HiyGM0rR

>>30 I'm heavily leaning towards thinking aliens seeded the planet for some reason too, as well as beleiving in divinity.
Do you maybe could plz link to any info/theories etc on the alien theory? It's something I've been wanting to look into some more.

38 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-11-17 14:39 ID:oyN655GL

>>37 There is a lot of stuff out there on the web.
Here is one article (amongst many) I find interesting:
http://www.worldtrans.org/lyssa/tape141.html

39 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-11-29 18:59 ID:BhcgMTqu

I've met a surprising number of people who think the Earth's mantle (or, more properly, asthenosphere) is a liquid.

40 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-11-30 01:03 ID:oyN655GL

>>39 Are you alluding to http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hollow_Earth?
No human has gone down deeper than 15 miles. But people "with connections" seem to be in favor of Hollow Earth (and other planets and moons being hollow as well.)
http://www.exopolitics.org/collier-dsg1.pdf

41 Name: Anonymous Geologist : 2007-11-30 13:40 ID:BhcgMTqu

>>40

No human has ever been that deep. Perhaps certain explorational drills have, but the pressure and temperatures at these depths prevent humans ever seeing them. However, modern earth & planetary science has ascertained the Earth's structure with a high degree of accuracy, thanks to geophysics: consult any basic geophysics publication for an overview.

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42 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-12-03 20:43 ID:se3WKZ0i

>>36
Think about this: Try to verrryyyyy slow in the rain. So slow that you take a whole week to get from point A to point B(supposing it keeps raining the whole week). If running would only take 10 seconds, believe me you will be much more soaked when taking a whole week.

43 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-12-04 03:02 ID:yzckDXDG

>>42

That's both completely obvious and entirely illogical.
I would prefer to employ an umbrella.

44 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-12-04 13:08 ID:v7BcZUMG

That depends. What if you run so fast you don't notice a puddle and fall into it? Then you would get quite wet.

45 Name: Anonymous Scientist : 2007-12-04 18:41 ID:JBG5KsFZ

>>40
Holy hell I know the guy who wrote that. I have a crackpot conspiracy video he was featured on. Of all the conspiracy theorists, he is by far the coolest, in so much that you can tell his insanity has reached the very depths of his mind