A collection of explainers, references, opinions, and other supplementary material to help you better understand our collection of facts and myths.


How Isaac Newton Actually Lost His Money in the South Sea Bubble

Isaac Newton didn’t just buy the top in the South Sea bubble. He bought early, sold for a modest profit, then bought back in near the top after seeing others get rich, only to sell near the bottom for a loss of £20,000 (roughly £1.2 mil in 2021 adjusted for inflation).

The Difference Between Truth and Facts

Truth and facts have a lot in common, but they are not exactly the same. Truth is something that is the case. Facts are true statements. Truth is best described using facts and logical reasoning.

Price’s Law

Price’s Law says, “half of the publications come from the square root of all contributors.” However, it is often used to support the idea that, “a few people generate half the results.”

Why Oil Prices Went Negative

Oil prices went negative on April 20th, 2020. This essentially translated to oil producers paying buyers to take oil. This was the result of a lack of demand for oil causing a lack of storage / a fear of a lack of storage.

Coronavirus Facts

We present facts and myths on the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19). All of our data comes from official sources like the WHO and CDC when possible.

How to Trade Cryptocurrency

To trade or invest in cryptocurrency you’ll need a cryptocurrency wallet and an exchange to trade on. Luckily, some platforms like Coinbase provide both services in one place.

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.