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FactMyth.com is a fact-checking website that presents a collection of facts and myths. It is an educational resource full of explainer videos, citations, historylogic, and science.

We fact-check the conclusions of common internet talking points, peer-reviewed journals, the classics, Netflix documentaries, historians’ accounts of history, smart TV shows, select claims by officials and official reports, YouTube videos, economic theories, scientific theories, popular science, folklore, commonly held beliefs, and other academically minded “factoids” (unverified claims AKA unverified propositions) passed around the culture and media of any era.

After researching a “factoid,” curating the best citations and videos we can find in the process (the best evidence of any sort), we rate the overarching statement (proposition) as “fact” or “myth” (thus assigning a certain truth-value to the proposition based on research). We then explain our position in as simple and clear terms as possible to build a case for our conclusion, using citations and offering insight into counterpoints (we back up our assigned truth-value by presenting an informal argument, generally written in essay form).

It isn’t that we are always correct, in fact we are only human (as Montaigne said, “what do I know?”, as Plato’s Socrates had previously answered “I know that I know nothing“, although as Lincoln said, “I am not a Know-Nothing“). In fact, that is an important part of the site, we are always digging deeper and seeking alternative viewpoints!

To rephrase the above, digging for the truth is complex, we don’t have all the answers, and that is why we need your help!

Users can help us stay relevant and accurate by commenting on our facts and myths to offer rebuttals and insight. We “follow the truth where it may lead” as they say, so feel free to offer citations and challenge our findings!

Simply put, we aren’t experts, we are researchers, and the hunt for truth is a collective process of “being skeptical” and “questioning everything” (feel free to join in on the fun by commenting and questioning us!)

With that all said, one should note that FactMyth.com isn’t a place to debate emotionally charged opinions and rhetoric (we cover relevant political science and policy, but try to avoid the political talking points of the day, for example). The focus is instead on high-level academic information (including facts and myths on history, geography, people, the artssciences, maths, and philosophies) and practical information (including facts and myths related to self help, healthskill-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 of interesting and useful truths; i.e. it is an encyclopedia of knowledge of all types, presented as a fact-checking site).

We ask a bit of the reader intellectually, but we try to keep it simple and “explain it like you are five (a really smart 5).”

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The Statue of Liberty is a Lighthouse Fact

The Statue of Liberty is technically lighthouse, and was even at one point even under the operation of the Lighthouse Board. However, it never properly functioned as a lighthouse.

The Equal Rights Amendment Was Never Ratified Fact

The Equal Rights Amendment (ERA) has yet to be ratified despite being introduced in 1923 and passed by Congress on March 22, 1972. In order to become a constitutional amendment only one more state needs to ratify the ERA.

We See Everything Upside Down Fact

The lens of the eye casts an upside down imagine onto our retina and then our brains take these two upside down images at slightly different perspectives (one per eye) and creates a single right-side up image.


Twinkies Never Go Bad Myth

Twinkies don’t last forever, but they can go a long time without spoiling (up to 30 years by one estimate). The “sell-by” shelf life of a Twinkie is 45 days, after that they go hard and brittle. However, due to the ingredients, a Twinkie won’t spoil for decades.

A Soul Has Weight Myth

There is no scientific evidence that shows that living beings have a soul or that a soul has weight. However, the notion that a soul has weight (specifically 21 grams) does come from a scientific study.

Turkeys Can’t Fly Myth

The idea that Turkeys can’t fly is a myth. Wild turkeys can fly in short bursts and actually will roost in trees at night. That said, while domestic turkeys can fly in theory, they are typically too heavy to fly in practice.

The Dunning–Kruger Effect

The Dunning–Kruger effect is when people over-estimate their competence in something due to a lack of experience in that thing.

We’re / Where / Were

It is common to confuse we’re, were, and where. We’re is a contraction of “we are,” where references location, and were is the plural past tense of “are.” Used in a sentence, it works like this, “we’re where we were.” 

The Basics of Options Trading

Options contracts represent the right to buy or sell an underlying asset, before an expiration date, once certain price conditions are met.

Mukbang Explained

Mukbang is a fad that started in South Korea where people film or broadcast themselves eating food (often large amounts of food) to create an “eating show.” Mukbang can be thought of as “performance eating.”

Capitalism Works Because Capital is a Built in Incentive

In my opinion capitalism works because it is based around the built in incentive of capital. In capitalism, capital itself is an ever-present motivator. Producing capital is rewarded with capital, which inspires more capital to be produced. This is a feedback loop that drives the production of capital and the accumulation of excess capital.


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