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Mass Hysteria: From Dance Floors to Factory Floors

Throughout the years, people’s minds have played tricks on them, but oftentimes their bodies react for real.

Linguistic Myths and Adventures in Etymology

The folk wisdom built up around common English expressions is often wrong, but it can be fun ferreting out the real origins.

Presidents’ Day: Just Another Presidential Fable

A number of folk stories and a few divisive rumors have surrounded the office of the U.S. presidency, and skeptical folks like us check a few of them out.

Numerology Doesn’t Know the Score

Various ways of assigning numbers to events, people, and actions is an ancient parlor game, but let’s not take it beyond that.

Full Moon Myths Leave Skeptics Howling

Full moons appeal to our imaginations and contribute to our mythologies, but ascribing too much power to them appears to be a continuing form of lunacy.

Dr. Placebo — Half Quack and Half Savant

The placebo effect’s ability to influence human healing and human behavior is well documented, but we must be careful to make sure this fakery does no harm.

Critical Thinker Explains Skepticism vs. Cynicism

Professional skeptic D.J. Grothe explores the difference between skepticism and cynicism and describes how fooling some of the people some of the time is a bad idea all of the time.

Conversion Therapy Fails to ‘Pray Away the Gay’

Reparative or conversion therapy’s efforts to “pray away the gay” come a cropper when examined with a skeptical eye.

Psychic Detectives Have a Perfect Record

The idea that legions of psychics are helping police solve crimes around the world is based on, well, nothing.

Applying Healthy Skepticism to Healthy Foods

When superfoods like blueberries, pomegranates, açai, green tea sound a little too amazing, it might be time to take a closer look.

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What Steve Jobs’ Death Teaches Us About Public Health

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The Big One

One state—Pennsylvania—logs 52 percent of all sales, shipments, and receipts for the chocolate manufacturing industry. March/April 2014