We fact-check the conclusions of peer-reviewed journals, the classics, Netflix documentaries, historians’ accounts of history, smart TV shows, YouTube videos, economic theories, popular science, folklore, commonly held beliefs, and other academically minded “factoids” (claims) passed around culture and media.
After researching a “factoid”, curating the best citations and videos we can find in the process, we rate the overarching statement as “fact” or “myth“, and then explain our position in as simple and clear terms as possible. Users can rate factoids too, confirming “facts” or calling “myth” on our findings. Keep in mind that we aren’t experts, we are researchers, and the hunt for truth is a collective process of “questioning everything” (feel free to join in on the fun by commenting!)
With the above said, FactMyth.com isn’t a place to debate emotionally charged topics (we cover political science, but try to avoid current politics for example). The focus is on high-level academic information (including facts and myths on history, geography, people, the arts, sciences, maths, and philosophies) and practical information (including facts and myths related to self help, health, skill-sets, technology, finance, and culture). In this way the site doubles as a free online university for general knowledge (or at least an encyclopedia or reference guide to interesting and useful truths).
We ask a bit of the reader intellectually, but we try to keep it simple and “explain it like you are 5”. Help us level up the collective intelligence of the internet by commenting and sharing. There is cake! Learn more.