Available scientific evidence does not support claims that cupping therapy has any health benefits, but it carries a risk of burns, persistent skin discoloration, scars, infection, and may worsen eczema or psoriasis. It has been characterized as quackery. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cup…
DNA evidence shows that groups in the Amazon are more closely related to indigenous Australians than Native Americans smithsonianmag.com/scienc…
There's no evidence that depression is caused by low levels of seratonin. This has been known for decades, and neuroscientists have been trying to debunk this myth to the public for years. The actual mechanism of antidepressants is unknown. ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/arti…
Anton syndrome is a rare symptom of brain damage occurring in the occipital lobe. Those who have it are cortically blind, but affirm, often quite adamantly and in the face of clear evidence of their blindness, that they are capable of seeing. amjmed.org/eyes-are-usele…
Edgar Allan Poe is considered one of the founders of the Detective Genre. He created one of the first detectives who solves mysteries based on the facts of the crime. He is credited with inventing the β€œleast likely suspect” trope, as well as the culprit framing another by planting evidence poemuseum.org/who-was-edg…
Ancient Native American tribes around Great Lakes didn't need to smelt copper to make tools since the copper purity was around 95% and would be hammered into shape. While evidence of organized mining are present between 4000-500 BCE, there's oddly a lack of pottery and ceramics during this era. mpm.edu/research-collecti…
When New York Times reporter Raymond Bonner broke the story of the El Mozote massacre in El Salvador, backlash from outlets such as the Wall Street Journal led to Bonner eventually resigning. Forensic evidence later confirmed Bonner's reporting en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ray…
A man accused of smuggling in 1799 was about to be acquitted until a ship turned up carrying evidence proving his guilt. The evidence was a bundle papers detailing his smuggling that were thrown overboard, swallowed by a shark, then recovered when that shark was later caught and gutted old.jamaica-gleaner.com/p…
Scientists found evidence that a natural nuclear reactor existed in Africa 2 billion years ago. There was a uranium deposit large enough to sustain a chain reaction. It was first noticed when a French power plant's uranium shipment from Africa had decreased levels of fissile uranium-235. scientificamerican.com/ar…
If you are being questioned by authorities in the US and you choose to remain silent in response to a specific question, that silence may itself be construed as evidence of guilt, unless you specifically state that you're invoking your right to remain silent under the 5th Amendment. scotusblog.com/case-files…
The entire apple is edible - core, seeds, stem and all - and that there's some evidence that it's better for you to eat all of it. today.com/food/new-study-…
There is clear evidence that shows empathy and care towards disabled family members within early human and neanderthal groups. Individuals who could not aid in hunting and gathering still were taken care of. nationalgeographic.org/pr…
Canadian researchers watched 40 episodes of 'The Dr. Oz Show' and found that nearly 40% of the medical advice is not evidence-based, and 15% goes directly against evidence. reliasmedia.com/articles/…
Colin Campbell Ross, an Australian, was executed in 1922 for the murder of a child (a case which was sensationalised by Keith - father of Rupert - Murdoch's newspaper). After the original evidence was tested for DNA in 1998, the case returned to court, and he was finally pardoned in 2008 en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Col…
In 1948, an Italian partisan named Placido Rizzotto was murdered by a mafia boss. His body was hidden. In the 60s, the boss was acquitted twice of Rizzotto's murder due to lack of evidence. Finally, in 2009, Rizzotto’s remains were found on a cliff. In 2012, a DNA test confirmed they were his. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pla…
A viking grave of a woman warrior was dug up, and contrast to the skeletal evidence, it was assumed to be male due to the weapons in the grave. Even after DNA testing proved she was female, claims were then tried to be made that the bones got mixed up. smithsonianmag.com/smart-…
Xenophanes, who died ca. 490 B.C.E., found fish fossils and concluded that the land where they were found must have been underwater at some time. He was the first person known to have used fossils as evidence for a theory of the history of the Earth. ucmp.berkeley.edu/history…
Casey Anthony had β€œfool-proof suffocation methods” in her Firefox search history from the day before her daughter died. Police overlooked this evidence, because they only checked the history in Internet Explorer. cbsnews.com/news/casey-an…
The Backfire Effect: when given evidence contrary to their beliefs, instead of changing their minds - it strengthens them. brainpickings.org/2014/05…
Evidence of Homo erectus having lived on remote islands 150 miles of the coast of Africa suggests they were capable of crossing long distances over the sea, between 500,000 and a million years ago, which implies that they built boats. evolutionnews.org/2012/08…
Led Zeppelin may have played at the Wheaton Youth Center in Maryland, but with no known recordings, photographs, or any other physical evidence that the concert took place, it has turned into something of an urban legend. wamu.org/story/19/01/17/l…
The Nazis ordered 2 Auschwitz prisoners to destroy thousands of inmate mugshot photographs as the camp was evacuated in 1945. The inmates recognized the importance of that evidence and sabotaged the furnace thus saving 38,916 photos. auschwitz.org/en/museum/a…
There is growing evidence that infections is a significant cause of psychiatric disorders psychiatryadvisor.com/hom…
Despite it being referenced in popular culture countless times, no evidence exists to say Walt Disney was anti-semitic. jpost.com/israel-news/cul…
There is no evidence that Nero played the fiddle while Rome burned. In fact, the fiddle wasn't even created until the 11th century, and if he played anything, it was probably the cithara, but there is no evidence that he played that during the great fire either. history.com/news/did-nero…
Ancient remains of at least 15 humans were found in a chamber in a cave, 80 m from the entrance, only 25–50 cm at its narrowest, and at the bottom of a 12 m vertical drop, in complete darkness and with no evidence of any tools or fire. They were from the previously undiscovered Homo Naledi. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hom…
Ants are amongst the few animals who passed the mirror test, which is a strong evidence of self-recognition, and indicates the possibility of self-awareness (i.e. a β€œsense of self”). animalcognition.org/2015/…
The Unabomber was a "criminal mastermind" who went to extraordinary lengths to erase any trace of physical evidence within his explosives. He ripped the skins off batteries to make them untraceable. He also avoided commercial glue and instead made his own epoxy by melting down deer hooves. npr.org/2017/08/22/545122…
Bikini atoll, the place where Bikini Bottom was named after, was declared a nuclear wasteland after the US dropped 23 bombs in the 1950s. However scientists have found thriving life in the center of it all, with evidence that life restarted a mere 10 years after the bombings. theguardian.com/world/201…
Today I learned about the Makapansgat Pebble, a waterworn piece of Jasper that unmistakably resembles a human face. This pebble was carried a great distance to a South African cave by an Australopithecus hominid around 3,000,000 years ago. It is the earliest known evidence for human visual-symbolic thought. news.artnet.com/exhibitio…
Evidence showed that during the seven and a half months preceding Elvis's death -- from January 1, 1977, to August 16, 1977 -- Doctor Nichopoulos wrote prescriptions for Elvis for at least 8,805 pills, tablets, vials, and injectables. Going back to January 1975, the count was 19,012. huffpost.com/entry/elvis-…
Researchers have used carbon 12 and 13 isotopes to find the earliest evidence of life. Isotopically light carbon, which is a trace of life, has been found in 3.8 billion year old sedimentary rocks in Greenland. There is no known mechanism for its formation that doesn't involve organisms. researchgate.net/publicat…
Carpal tunnel syndrome is likely genetic, and there's very little evidence that it's linked to overuse jhandsurg.org/article/S03…
If a consumer goes to court when sued by a debt collector and demands to see the evidence of their debt, the case is likely to be dropped (listen to the Prologue, can start at about 6:00 in) thisamericanlife.org/radi…
Archaeological studies found evidence of asbestos being used since the Stone Age to strengthen pots. Many developing countries today support using asbestos as a building material. Russia is the top producer, having produced 1 million tons in 2015. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Asb…
A key piece of evidence in an active murder investigation, a unique pair of eyeglasses, was sent to the show "Unsolved Mysteries" for their segment profiling the case. After Robert Stack handled them with his bare hands, they were lost. An innocent man was imprisoned for two decades. denverpost.com/2007/07/24…
There is not enough evidence to determine whether cough medicines work, even though some people may find them useful healthlinkbc.ca/health-to…
According to molecular evidence the closest living relatives of whales are the artiodactyls, a group of hoofed mammals that includes deer, cows, sheep, pigs, giraffes, camels and hippos nationalgeographic.com/sc…
There's a legal strategy called the "Shaggy Defence", where in the face of direct evidence of guilt, the defendant simply claims that it wasn't them. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sha…
Today I learned of Jennet Device, who, in 1612 accused her family and neighbours of being witches. Her testimony alone condemned them to the gallows. She was 9 years old at the time. This also changed the way evidence was given at later trials, including Salem. bbc.co.uk/news/magazine-1…
In 1964, the FBI spent three months investigating whether the song "Louie Louie" by the Kingsmen was obscene and therefore illegal to transport across state lines. They concluded there was no evidence the lyrics were rude. vault.fbi.gov/louie-louie…
The Wow! signal, discovered by volunteers, remains the strongest evidence of extraterrestrial communication. The "Big Ear" observatory was since dismantled to make room for a golf course expansion. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ohi…
France provided 'material support' to Argentina during the Falklands War. Despite France claiming they were not helping Argentina, evidence surfaced that indicated French technical teams remained in Argentina helping them to fix and use missiles that were deployed against British forces. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fal…
The earliest evidence of wearing socks and sandals is documented at the archaeological site between Dishforth and Leeming in North Yorkshire, England. The discovery suggests that old Romans wore socks with sandals at least 2,000 years ago. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soc…
Serial killer Ted Bundy was convicted and sentenced to death in large part on the basis of now-discredited forensic bite mark evidence. Though there was other evidence implicating him and he later confessed to the killings anyway, so no one doubts his guilt. oxygen.com/blogs/how-ted-…
A man called Washington Irving is primarily responsible for perpetuating the idea that the Earth is flat. Evidence would suggest that the world has been known to be a sphere since as early as the Ancient Greeks, Romans, and even Chaucer. youtu.be/H6Q-Dbrqvy4
Research shows that cats may reflect the personality of their owner, in the same way a parent's personality can affect their child. There is some evidence of similar personality traits of owners in cats. phys.org/news/2019-02-cat…
Many archaeologists claim water erosion, head recarving and older megalithic sites prove that the Great Sphinx is thousands of years older than current estimates. When confronted with evidence and asked to respond, the minister of Egyptology refuted the claims, saying "I don't believe in radar". youtu.be/q4NnCAZcxHg
The Clovis people were not the first Americans. The find supports growing archaeological evidence found in recent years that disputes the notion that the Americas were originally populated by a single migration of people from Asia about 13,000 years ago. nationalgeographic.com/sc…
A 2018 study found strong evidence for the link between olfaction and obesity. That is, the sense of smell is negatively correlated with body weight. onlinelibrary.wiley.com/d…
Researchers have uncovered the earliest evidence of a person being hit and killed by a meteorite falling to Earth, which killed one person and injured another, occurred in what is now Sulaymaniyah, Iraq, on Aug. 22, 1888. space.com/earliest-eviden…
"I Fought the Law" singer/musician Bobby Fuller was found dead in a parked car, outside his LA home. No evidence of foul play or suicide was found. Neither were ruled out. For those who believed it to be murder, suspects cited have ranged from the Mafia and Charles Manson to the local P.D. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bob…
Ted Bundy returned to a crime scene the morning after he had abducted and killed a student, Georgann Hawkins, in order to retrieve some evidence. There, in the midst of a major investigation, he took her earrings and one of her shoes from an adjoining parking lot, and left, unobserved. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ted…
Today I learned that there's evidence showing that video games can lead to improvement in attention span, vision, and pattern recognition. youtu.be/FktsFcooIG8
While interbreeding occurred between neanderthals and early modern humans, the only genetic evidence of these events conserved within the human genome comes from Y chromosomal DNA meaning that all neanderthal DNA within modern humans comes from male neanderthal and female human pairings. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Int…
The Sheriff of Hillsborough County Florida (which includes Tampa) has a son who was sentenced to two years in jail for attacking someone with a knife. The son is an aspiring rapper named Zchronik and his last song β€œSlash Yo Face” was played as evidence before the court. tampabay.com/news/breakin…
Today I learned about the Fermi Paradox, a concept from the 1950s named after Italian-American physicist Enrico Fermi, that highlights the apparent disparity between estimates of intelligent life on other planets and a conspicuous lack of such evidence thus far in our exploration. britannica.com/story/the-…
In 2004, teacher Barry Bradford and 3 students collaborated with a journalist to create a documentary about the murder of 3 civil rights activists by the KKK in 1964. Their discovery of fresh evidence got the case reopened, resulting in the conviction of white supremacist Edgar Ray Killen. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jam…
In 1996, a group of scientists claimed to have found evidence of microscopic fossils formed by Martian primitive life billions of years ago on a meteorite discovered in Antarctica. www2.jpl.nasa.gov/snc/nas…
Some people Consider Dandelion plant a pesky weed yet it may have Potential Health Benefits according to Evidence based article written by licensed nutritionists and dietitians and contains scientific references. healthline.com/nutrition/…
Recent research has suggested plague first infected humans in Europe and Asia in the Late Neolithic-Early Bronze Age. Research in 2018 found evidence of Yersinia pestis in an ancient Swedish tomb, which may have been associated with the "Neolithic decline" around 3000 BCE. nature.com/articles/d4158…
That, in 2009, the National Academy of Sciences found only DNA analysis could rigorously and consistently match evidence to a single person/source with high confidence. Other methods, especially pattern matching (fingerprints, handwriting, bite marks, footprints, hair, fibers, etc.), could not. ncjrs.gov/pdffiles1/nij/g…
Not only is there no evidence that Saturated Fat is bad for you, it actually changes the LDL cholesterol into a benign subtype that is associated with a reduced risk of heart disease. healthline.com/nutrition/…
BloodhoundΒ΄s sense of smell is so accurate, it can be used as evidence in court. Apparently they can follow tracks over 130miles. That’s just crazy purina.co.uk/dogs/behavio…
The rubber coating of the sonar dome of the USS Stein was attacked by a giant squid, the evidence of which points to a squid larger than any discovered. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USS…
Prehistoric European often connected Oak trees to their respective lightning gods. Modern scientific evidence points to Oak trees as being more likely to be struck by lightning. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oak
There's no known gas station explosions attributed to cellphone usage, and the evidence it's even possible is unfounded snopes.com/fact-check/fue…
Kombucha is claimed to treat AIDS, aging, anorexia, arthritis, atherosclerosis, cancer, constipation, and diabetes, but there is no evidence to support any of these claims. Moreover, the beverage has caused rare cases of serious adverse effects, including fatalities. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kom…
Evidence for social hunting in Raptor Dinosaurs is basically nonexistent. Scientists believe they behaved closer to crocodiles rather than wolves as is widely accepted. sci-news.com/paleontology…
Today I learned of the systematic destruction of the Armenian cemetery at Julfa. In response to charges from Armenia and various international organisations and despite overwhelming evidence of their involvement, the Azerbaijani government insisted that the cemetery and the monuments within had never existed. theguardian.com/artanddes…
The first known evidence of the use of cryptography (in some form) was found in an inscription carved around 1900 BC, in the main chamber of the tomb of the nobleman Khnumhotep II, in Egypt. The scribe used some unusual hieroglyphic symbols here and there in place of more ordinary ones. access.redhat.com/blogs/7…
Today I learned of the Talheim Death Pit, a mass grave dating to 5000BC, containing the remains of 34 bodies, bearing some of the earliest evidence of habitual warfare, including fatal adze, axe and arrow wounds to the back of the head. It has been suggested that this site represents an early form of genocide. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tal…
It's believed that Japan's first nine emperors may not have existed. Despite the slim evidence available to historians the 10th Emperor, Sujin, is the first of the 'heavenly sovereigns' whose reign can be partially documented. The true date of his rule is unclear and sources are part mythology. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emp…
When Clodius managed to gain admittance to a religious ceremony for women only to seduce Caesar's wife Pompeia. Caesar divorced her saying that "my wife ought not even to be under suspicion." And gave no evidence against Clodius during his trial. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pom…
Today I learned of catastrophism, a 19th century geological school of thought which saw the large fossil record as evidence proving the existence of a world previous to ours, destroyed by sudden natural catastrophes such as great floods and the rapid formation of major mountain chains. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cat…
The first time evidence of an exoplanet was found was in 1917, but the first exoplanet wasn't confirmed until 1992. Astronomers have now discovered 4200+ exoplanets in 3100+ star systems. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Exo…
There is no historical evidence of Vikings wearing horned helmets. Of the 5 Viking helmets that have been recovered, only 1 of those is fully preserved and none show signs of horns. The Nordic stereotype was created in the 1870s by Karl Doppler to depict Vikings for a German opera. en.natmus.dk/historical-k…
The cornerstone of the US Atomic Energy Commission headquarters contains a time capsule. Inside the capsule are (among other items) scraps of linen from the Dead Sea Scrolls, which were authenticated by carbon-dating & included as evidence of atomic science's non-violent benefits to society public-blog.nrc-gateway.g…
Sweden allows hearsay as evidence in court. The country has very few restrictions on what evidence is allowed in court. It is up to the court to evaluate the reliability of the evidence presented. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hea…
The Momo Challenge, in which it was reported in 2018 and 2019 that children were being enticed to perform dangerous tasks including suicide, was a hoax and media reports about deaths linked to the challenge were "far fetched and devoid of any evidence". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mom…
The author of the Perry Mason book series, Erle Stanley Gardner, also founded The Court of Last Resort, which helped those who had been convicted because of poor legal representation; misinterpretation of forensic evidence; or careless and malicious actions of police and prosecutors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Erl…
There is no evidence that the phrase "May you live in interesting times" is an ancient Chinese curse. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/May…
Today I learned of the Fermi Paradox: There's a high possibility that intelligent alien life exists but no actual evidence of it. vox.com/science-and-healt…
There is no evidence back the idea of different 'learning styles.' Systematic studies consistently found either no evidence or very weak evidence to suggest matching material in the appropriate format to an individual’s learning style is selectively more effective for educational attainment. theguardian.com/education…
3.2 metric tons of evidence was gathered by the FBI in their investigation of the Oklahoma City bombing en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Okl…
In 1943, the Nazis dug up the bodies of the Jews killed during the Babi Yar Massacres two years prior (over 33000 victims) and burned the remains, in an attempt to destroy the evidence of their crimes in case they lost the war. hdot.org/debunking-denial…
There's no archaeological evidence that the siege of Masada ended with the mass suicide of its defenders. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mas…
American founding father George Wythe was poisoned by his great-nephew, George Sweeney. Even though Wythes black housekeeper provided evidence against Sweeney, it was thrown out in court because a black person could not legally testify against a white person, and Sweeney went free. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geo…
There's currently no evidence that Japanese Admiral Yamamoto said "I'm afraid we've awakened a sleeping giant" sun-sentinel.com/news/fl-…
We don’t use just 10% of our brains, people aren’t left brained or right brained, male and female brains aren’t so different, and there’s only mixed evidence that brain training actually works. bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m00…
In traditional Chinese medicine, a tiger penis is said to have important therapeutic properties. The penis of a tiger when consumed is said to be a potent aphrodisiac and an effective treatment for erectile dysfunction. However, there is no scientific evidence to support this. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tig…
Today I learned of Hitchens's razor. Basically: "What can be asserted without evidence can be dismissed without evidence" en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hit…
In the 1960s, a woman found the head of an axe, a gashed skull, and macabre sketches of murder victims in an iron tub in her attic. It turned out to be the evidence from the Lizzie Borden murder trial- her father had been Lizzie’s lawyer, and she’d given him the evidence after her acquittal. youtube.com/watch?v=TwXAI…
Most reputable sources dismiss the idea that there is any mystery relating to the disappearance of aircraft and ships in the Bermuda Triangle and evidence indicates that a significant percentage of the incidents were spurious, inaccurately reported or embellished by later authors. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ber…
There is archeological evidence that humans used implants to replace missing teeth for thousands of years. In China with have carved bamboo pegs, Egypt have similarly shaped pegs and Mayans with sea shells. Bone growth around the implants, indicates that they were functional as well as esthetic. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Den…
Today I learned of Wolf Cave aka Susiluola, a cave in Finland claiming to have evidence of Neanderthals pre Ice Age. The only known evidence in Nordic countries. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wol…
Despite popular culture, there is very little evidence suggesting a physical Celtic migration into pre-Roman Britain. Instead it is likely that this Celtic migration was a cultural phenomenon, with Celtic wares, jewellery and designs becoming assimilated into British culture. irishtimes.com/opinion/ce…
A jury was able to convict an accused bank robber after they discovered the impression of a holdup note in a notebook the defendant owned. The prosecution had missed it when presenting the notebook as evidence. savannahnow.com/article/2…
Medieval dentists knew how to fill cavities, treat facial fractures, could spot oral cancer, and even knew the basics of whitening teeth. Evidence also suggests they knew how to create dentures out of cow bone and human teeth. news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/healt…
Today I learned of Cameron Todd Willingham, who was charged and executed in 2004 for allegedly setting his house on fire to murder his 3 children in 1991. All the evidence against him was debunked by experts in fire investigations a few years later. en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cam…

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