Were the '70s really the height of disco, punk, and the sexual revolution? Host Justin Dodd investigates in this episode of “Misconceptions."
In this episode of Misconceptions, host Justin Dodd breaks down some common myths about our early human ancestors—and what makes our species, Homo sapiens, so different from them.
Having an intrusive thought doesn’t mean you have OCD.
You might not realize that the Amish sometimes drive in cars and operate power tools.
Once again, Mental Floss readers proved to be curious about all sorts of niche topics—and our editors and writers were happy to oblige their interests.
We celebrate the same holidays every year, but how much do we actually know about these annual traditions? And how much of what we think we know is actually true?
Pop songs get misinterpreted all the time, and we're here to break down the real stories behind your favorite bops, from Nirvana to Bruce Springsteen.
Considering how familiar we all are with the human body—since we all have one—there is a surprising number of enduring myths about it.
In this episode of Misconceptions, host Justin Dodd thaws out a few myths about the ice age, from the idea that Earth was once frozen solid to what actually caused the mammoths’ extinction.
The Great Depression was caused by the 1929 stock market crash and plunged the entire country into poverty … right? Maybe not.
The medieval era wasn’t just a bunch of flat Earthers feasting and jousting.
In this episode of Misconceptions, host Justin Dodd debunks some myths about these great beasts of the ocean, from whether punching them in the nose is a valid defense tactic to the events that inspired 'Jaws.'
Most people only work a handful of different jobs in their lifetime, which means they might get their knowledge of other careers from TV and movies. That opens the door to a lot of misconceptions about a lot of different professions.
How much water should you really drink a day? Well, it’s complicated.
The ‘50s weren't all nuclear families with white picket fences and questionable Jell-o recipes.
Did Julius Caesar really say “Et tu, Brute?” Did Nero fiddle while Rome burned? What was with the togas? We answer these questions and more.
We debunk myths from the last decade of the 20th century, from fraudulent Furby fears to some misinformation around the era’s most famous trial.
How smart do you really need to be to get away with murder?
Not all Japanese game shows feature life-threatening challenges, and not all ramen lovers slurp loudly. Let's debunk a few more misconceptions about Japan.
In the latest episode of Misconceptions, host Justin Dodd debunks some commonly held beliefs about social media, from who owns what you post to what happens to your data.
No, spies aren't all focused on national security. Yes, the CIA did deploy a mission called Operation Acoustic Kitty.
We debunk one myth about each state in the U.S., from the Rocky Mountain not-so-high of Colorado to New Mexico. That’s right, New Mexico.