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Verisimilitudes

Posted 20 May 11 by Tatyana

I was going to start an original series on "verisimilitudes”, ideas that appear true and persist in popular or even scientific beliefs, but are actually false. When I started researching a few myths, I realized that there are already many other people out there writing up myths. So I decided to start by sharing and summarizing existing webpages debunking myths. If I run out of good stuff (what’s the probability of that on the internet?), I’ll start doing more original research.

The myth of the day is: peeing on someone after they’ve been stung by a jellyfish helps. In fact, according to this article, it can even make the pain worse. I’ve never had this remedy applied to me, but I’ve definitely heard this advice and saw it applied in action.


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