I just opened an email newsletter from a popular magazine and saw two articles that used the word “myth” in the title. Here are some myths about mythbusting.
A. All myths can be busted.
Sometimes, a story may be true, but you just can’t find enough evidence to prove it.
B. Once busted, a myth is debunked.
I don’t buy that, at least not for myths that involve scientific-type experimentation. I’ve seen some of those TV shows that promise to “prove” whether or not an urban legend is possible. I don’t always agree with their methods and choices.
C. If the email says that the myth has been verified by [insert URL here], it must be true.
No, sorry, that’s usually a sign that someone doesn’t want you to find out the truth by looking it up yourself.
D. A mythbusting article will teach me something I don’t know.
Nowadays, “myths” is as much a buzzword as “hotlist” or “top ten.” The headline will sucker you in, and chances are, if you’re moderately well-read or intelligent, you’ll already know everything that’s in the article. Unless, of course, it’s related to myths about a field in which you have no knowledge or interest. Like, if I saw the headline “5 myths about asparagus and higher math,” I can rest assured that all the information presented will be new and fresh to me.
E. Myths sometimes beget superheroes that can bust you up.
Thor. Wonder Woman. I rest my case.