Dis Information and Other Wikkid Myths
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EpubISBN: 9780730445289 (Epub published 2010)
'Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition.' - Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations, 1776 Columbus never set foot in America.
Piranhas are the deadliest fish.
A purring cat is a happy cat.
Cleopatra was insanely beautiful.
All natural products are safe.
Oranges are the richest source of vitamin C.
You can tell a liar just by looking in their eyes.
The Roswell alien autopsy proved that intelligent aliens visited us.
And Dr Karl wears a hoodie lab coat to work every day.
Some of these are true and some are not. Well, the last one is definitely not. But inside these covers you'll find out whether there's dis information about the other wikkid myths . Dr Karl Kruszelnicki is the Julius Sumner Miller Fellow at the University of Sydney. He appears on Triple J and other ABC radio stations, and on BBC radio, and is a regular guest of Kochie and Mel on Channel 7's Sunrise. This is his 24th book, and is based on his popular Good Weekend column, 'Mythconceptions'.
means flawless or even remarkable’ and writes that ‘her beauty was not in and for itself incomparable’. Only ten coins from her reign displaying a representation of her have survived in good condition. They show her as having a fat neck (euphemistically called ‘Rolls of Venus’), a hooked nose, long ears and a prominent chin. Cleopatra was, like all the other Ptolemaic women, around 1.5 m tall. So, in today’s terms, she was short, dumpy and squat—but was also very appealing. If you follow Frank
died. An asp did appear as the ‘uraeus’ on her crown. The uraeus was a representation of the sacred serpent as an emblem of supreme power, and was normally worn on the headdress of Egyptian gods and pharaohs. Perhaps this asp on her crown prompted this myth? Her Mummy Case Unfortunately, the science of forensics will not be able to show us Cleopatra’s face. Napoleon looted many treasures from France, including the mummy case of Cleopatra VII; most of these treasures were returned to Egypt, but
and in the dead centre. He added the water through a hose, deliberately swirling it clockwise (the opposite of the expected draining direction). He then covered it with a plastic sheet and let the water stand for 24 hours, to reduce the initial rotation of the water. He placed a small floating cork on the water, and then released the stopper plug from below. The water took 20 minutes to drain out, with no visible rotation for the first 12–15 minutes. Then he could see the cork begin to spin
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Madagascar. Ichthyiologists (fish scientists) travelled from all over the world to be present at its long, slow and careful dissection, preservation and study. But the supposed alien autopsy was carried out by a few bumbling amateurs in under three hours! Many pathologists, including Dr Cyril Wecht, ex-president of the US National Association of Forensic Pathologists, are thus very sceptical about the Roswell autopsy. Sceptics—Camera and Film If the intention was to record the first autopsy of