Myths About Mythbusting

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.

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About Taminar

When I grow up, I want to make movies and write books. Now in my 50s, I wonder if I'll ever really accomplish the dreams of my youth. I have made two short films, one for a college film-making class, the other for an MTV-sponsored contest. I have written short plays that have been produced, and a few short stories and reviews that have been published. I also perform and direct for community theatre. My working life has included stints in local TV news, public relations, retail management and cashier, and for a couple of years, I made the rides go at Walt Disney World. I have three cats and a husband.
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