Debunking Health Food Myths

Don’t believe it when you hear that brown eggs are more nutritious for you than than white eggs. Wrong again! Actually, the color of eggs is only affected by the genetics of the hen that laid them and has little to do with nutritional content. This is just one of the many misconceptions about health food that are debunked in this edition of Mental Floss, hosted by Elliott Morgan.

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T. Rex Had Formidable Arms

One of the most surprising misconceptions about dinosaurs is that Tyrannosaurus rex, aka T rex, had tiny arms. The king of the dinos indeed had small arms in modern depictions, but because T. rex stood 18-feet-tall, his arms measured around 3-feet. Popular Science magazine estimated that T. rex could curl 430 pounds, compared to a human’s max of 260. Host Elliott Morgan details more dinosaur misconceptions in this edition of Mental Floss.

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Debunking Myths About Sleep

There are many myths about sleep, such as your body will get used to sleep over time. Not true. In reality, it’s not possible to adjust to less sleep. Side effects include stress and less concentration. In addition, less sleep can result in cardiovascular disease and diabetes. Join Elliott Morgan in this edition of “Misconceptions” on Mental Floss, as he debunks some other myths about sleep.

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‘Net and Web Not One in Same

One of the biggest misconceptions floating out there is that the Internet and the World Wide Web are one and the same. Not true. Invented in 1969, the Internet is the network of hardware and software that connects all of us. The World Wide Web was invented in 1990 and is what you find on your browser, such as Safari, Chrome or Firefox to search sites like this one. In other words, the Internet makes the Web possible. Join Elliott Morgan as he details nine other technology misconceptions in this edition of Mental Floss.

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35 Jobs That Became Obsolete

Bowling Alleys once employed young boys to set up the pins for clients, then the electric pinsetter was invented in 1936. This is among the plethora of jobs that no longer exist. Host Elliott Morgan unveils 34 other odd jobs that are nowhere to be found in this episode of Mental Floss.

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Beam Me Up, Scotty

The Mars rover, Curiosity, has snapped some amazing photos of the Red Planet since touching down in a large crater in 2012. Now comes a photo transmission that blows the mind and has scientists searching for answers–or, hiding its contents. The photo show the barren Martian landscape with what appears to be a light beam shooting up from the ground. In this edition of SourceFed, Lee Newton and Elliott Morgan speculate on what the image is.

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Cloning a Wooly Mammoth

Jurassic Park here we come! Scientists are excited over a nearly perfectly preserved wooly mammoth specimen discovered in the New Siberian Islands of the Arctic Sea. The female mammoth hasn’t seen the light of day in 43,000 years, but is so well preserved that scientists say the prospect of extracting strong blood and tissue samples are excellent. Join SourceFed’s Joe Bereta and Elliott Morgan discuss the surprise discovery.

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