For our purposes: Myths are commonly held beliefs or ideas that are false. For a claim to be considered a myth one or more parts of it must be proved false. Other definitions of myth, such as those pertaining to the not false-but-allegorical stories we tell to explain things, are discussed on our “what is a myth?” page.
Below is a collection of all factoids rated “myth” (as in “not true or not fully true”) by our authors. If you disagree or have more evidence to support a claim consider commenting. See our list of facts here.
While the majority of Americans don’t switch religions, but it is common to switch religions. As many as 42% of U.S. adults have assumed a different religious identity from the one in which they were raised, according to a 2014 Pew Research Center study.
Malaria would have needed to kill an average of about 5 ½ million a year to kill half of everyone ever, we don’t have data to prove this. However, we know almost half the world’s population is at risk of Malaria and it kills up to a million a year today.
In chapter 5 of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein the monster is described to have yellow skin. There is no mention of bolts in his neck in the book.