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Inside The Mind of a Whistleblower

Brian Penny | Posted 12.18.2012 | Politics
Brian Penny

I love being a whistleblower. I'm proud of it. When I wrote my last article about being a whistleblower, the response I received was overwhelming. Ma...

15 Old Wives' Tales People Really Believe

Posted 01.27.2013 | Weird News

EDITOR'S NOTE: Our friends at TruTV have shared with us the 15 most believable old wives' tales, superstitions and urban legends. Did you believe...

Mythology and Science; Or, What Do We Want From Popular Science?

Gregory Schrempp | Posted 12.08.2012 | Science
Gregory Schrempp

Carl Sagan (Cosmos), citing the origin of everyday chemical elements in stars, concludes that "We are, in the most profound sense, children of the Cosmos." Obviously Sagan is not talking literally, but just as certainly he knows the power of anthropomorphic appeal.

Top Ten Stem Cell Myths and Urban Legends

Paul Knoepfler | Posted 12.02.2012 | Science
Paul Knoepfler

Stem cells. Understandably, just that phrase evokes all kinds of different reactions from people. They might reflect a preference in favor of a part...

Five Common Public Relations Myths... Busted!

Jennifer Nagy | Posted 11.26.2012 | Small Business
Jennifer Nagy

One of the most undervalued marketing tactics is public relations. This is most likely because most people have no idea what PR is. I've debunked the top five most common PR myths to show you how PR can help you to market your small business more effectively.

Literature of the Soul

Ombretta Di Dio | Posted 11.24.2012 | Books
Ombretta Di Dio

My affair with books reached an obsessive level of magnificence, from Louisa May Alcott to Jane Austen and George Orwell. I read whatever I could find in my parents' house. Reading was a part of my daily routine, just like eating or drinking water.

The Mythology Of Burning Man

Derek Beres | Posted 11.05.2012 | Religion
Derek Beres

My sojourn to the festival in the desert verified something: This is the most widespread example that America has at consciously creating a modern mythology.

Jason Gilbert

The 9 Biggest Tech Myths You Should Stop Believing

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Gilbert | Posted 09.01.2012 | Technology

In the tech world, as in just about any other sphere, there are certain myths, campfire stories and old wives' tales that get passed down and repeated...

Dirty Dozen Travel Myths

William D. Chalmers | Posted 10.30.2012 | Travel
William D. Chalmers

It is near the end of summer and we are all just coasting along until Labor Day. Many of us are now susceptible to believe things that just aren't true -- like campaign commercials! Travel is no different. Urban legends and false truism abound among us fellow travelers.

'True Blood' Draws New Blood In Vampire Myth

Greg Perreault | Posted 10.29.2012 | Religion
Greg Perreault

In a show that's never shied away from commentary on religion and politics, this season has been particularly charged. It's life as a horror story, but with great meaning.

Public Relations is Not a Walk in the Park... Or a Kayaking Trip

Jennifer Nagy | Posted 10.28.2012 | Business
Jennifer Nagy

Public relations is a fantastic career. It's exciting, fast-paced and challenging. But it has also been listed as one of the most stressful jobs by numerous sources many years in a row, and is notorious for being an all-consuming, never-ending job.

Let the Games Begin! -- But Free of Myths, Ancient and Modern

Ilya Shapiro | Posted 09.25.2012 | Sports
Ilya Shapiro

Counter the conventional narrative, the symbiotic relationship between sports and society has reverted to its original, proper status under the ancient Greeks.

The Science Behind The 'Women Drive Badly' Myth

Slate | Posted 07.18.2012 | Women

Triberg, Germany—a tiny town known for cascading waterfalls and a preponderance of cuckoo clocks—truly put itself on the map last week, as its ma...

What Science Says About Friggatriskaidekaphobia

Posted 07.13.2012 | Science

By: Remy Melina Published: 07/13/2012 09:01 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries The number 13 is synonymous with bad luck. It's considered unlucky to...

Belief In Bigfoot Could Stem From Common Myth, Expert Says

Posted 06.23.2012 | Science

By: Natalie Wolchover Published: 06/22/2012 10:30 AM EDT on Lifes Little Mysteries More than a quarter of Americans believe in Bigfoot, a recent...

Washington Died In Office? Ten Shocking Rumors About The Founding Fathers

TruTV.com | Posted 06.22.2012 | Weird News

Sure, you've heard the rumor that Thomas Jefferson had an affair with one of his slaves. But did you know that George Washington may have been mur...

Five Prepaid Card Myths

The Huffington Post | Catherine New | Posted 05.23.2012 | Money

Prepaid cards are everywhere these days, quickly replacing cash and checks as the fastest way to transfer money. If you're not familiar with them, the...

Jason Linkins

Memo To Media: Obama's Harsh Campaign Tone Is Not Actually A New Thing, Okay?

HuffingtonPost.com | Jason Linkins | Posted 05.22.2012 | Politics

I'm typically a big fan of Molly Ball's work for the Atlantic. But I'm afraid that in explicating this week's private equity-Bain Capital brouhaha tha...

Seek Your Own Truth

Aaron Anson | Posted 07.16.2012 | Religion
Aaron Anson

We must seek those quiet spaces in our life that are safe for vulnerable explorations of meaning. These spaces are not found inside physical institutions or places where demagoguery slays reflective, rational and factually grounded discourse.

Is it Probable that People Anywhere in the World are Kidnapped Solely for the Purpose of Involuntary Organ Donation?

Quora | Posted 06.27.2012 | Weird News
Quora

Kidney theft is a venerable urban legend. The origins of urban legends are notoriously difficult to identify but in the case of kidney (or other organ) theft, the rumors seem to have preceded the real-life cases by some years.

Tips from the Tooth Fairy

Katie Davis | Posted 06.05.2012 | Parents
Katie Davis

Chances are, if you're a parent, you're probably under the common misconception that I do not exist. However, you would be wrong. (Of course I exist, or how could I write this article?)

Storied Nature Of Human Nature

William Grassie | Posted 05.15.2012 | Religion
William Grassie

By my rough estimation, we spend perhaps 50 percent or more of our waking hours in storytelling. Humans make stories but, in some sense, we are also made by our stories.

The Mount Sinai Hospital Physicians Debunk the 5 Most Common Heart Disease Myths Plaguing Latinas

Arminda Figueroa | Posted 04.30.2012 | Latino Voices
Arminda Figueroa

In celebration of American Heart Month, cardiologists from The Mount Sinai Hospital addressed the 5 leading myths about heart disease that often misinform the Latino community.

Ancient Greece In Modern Chicago!?

Posted 02.24.2012 | Arts

Do you feel as if you were born in the wrong era? Do you watch "Hercules" on repeat? Act out "The Odyssey" by yourself? Have too much fun at toga part...

Cara Santa Maria

The Real Definition Of Insanity

HuffingtonPost.com | Cara Santa Maria | Posted 02.19.2012 | Education

"The definition of insanity is repeating the same mistakes over and over again and expecting different results," utters the know-it-all guy in the coffee shop offering free "therapy" to his visibly shaken friend. He couldn't be more wrong.