Myths

  • Mythbusting chocolate teapot developed in UK September 9, 2014

    London: British experts have managed to produce a chocolate teapot that held boiling water for two minutes to make a drinkable brew, busting a longheld myth. The Yorkbased experts were challenged to prove the sarcastic phrase "as useful as a chocolate teapot" wrong. The result was a handcrafted, working receptacle...
  • AAP myth will be broken in next Assembly polls: Udit Raj May 25, 2014

    On a high after winning a Lok Sabha seat in the justconcluded polls, BJP leader and the Dalit face of the party, Udit Raj, is all for the Assembly elections in Delhi to be held as early as possible. The MP from the NorthWest Delhi constituency believes that AAP's "illusion" that...
  • Calling Ankit Fadia's bluff: Is he the hacker he claims to be? March 4, 2013

    Dear Ankit Fadia, First of all, I'd like to place my unconditional apologies on the record. In fact, before I started to write you this letter, I promised my colleagues these pages will be used to crucify and call your bluff before your 16th book on computer security hits the shelves...
  • No, Mars isn't emitting those 'cosmo rays' December 12, 2012

    New Delhi: Social media is the playground of hoaxes and many of these just refuse to fade away. The 'cosmo rays from Mars' rumour (and also its rebuttal) has been doing the rounds for long and has again reappeared with renewed gusto on our timelines. The hoax message with information...
  • Most common myths associated with eye care July 24, 2012

    Dr Surbhit Chowdhry tells us about the most common myths associated with eye care. ...
  • Know Your Onions February 12, 2011

    Rising prices are threatening to put onions in the realm of the exotic; but the myths about them, and their medicinal benefits, have given them a place in the sun 1. The onion is probably one of the oldest vegetables that man consumed and has been traced back to about 5000...
  • Five must-know solar eclipse mythbusters January 3, 2011

    New Delhi: Of all the purges known to mankind, solar eclipses rank high in popular superstition as the perpetrators of all things evil. Four solar and two total moon eclipses will be observed in different parts of the world, including in India, in 2011. The first solar eclipse, that will take...
  • Facts and myths on allergies November 1, 2010

    People believe in several myths on allergies. It is time to sort out the facts from the myths. ...
  • Let's fight swine flu: Myths vs facts August 14, 2009

    Can taking a seasonal flu vaccine save you from the H1N1 virus? Does everyone need an N-95 mask, can one contract the virus twice over myths and misconceptions abound making an already delicate situation worse. On CNN-IBN show Let's fight Swine flu, experts debunk the myths from your doubts over...
  • 7 medical myths busted, use your brains December 22, 2007

    London: Reading in dim light won’t damage your eyes, you don’t need eight glasses of water a day to stay healthy and shaving your legs won’t make the hair grow back faster. These well-worn theories are among seven "medical myths" exposed in a paper published on Friday in the British...
  • Hyperthyroidism: Busting myths August 10, 2007

    New Delhi: One in a 100 people suffer from an overactive thyroid gland. And 43-year-old Neetu is one amongst them. She is one among the one per cent of people in the world to have autoimmune hyperthyroidism, a disorder in which antibodies in the body stimulate the thyroid gland to work...
  • Understanding hypothyroidism: Myths and facts July 24, 2007

    New Delhi: Thirty-five-year old Mukta suffers from an auto immune hypothyroidism- a condition in which antibodies destroy thyroid gland cells. “I was diagnosed with a problem in my thyroid gland about eight years ago when I was expecting. And since then, I have been taking these medicines, regularly and it is...
  • Some facts about blood donation June 20, 2007

    New Delhi: Twenty-year-old Vikas Bagri works in the HR Department of a popular hospital. He follows a hectic working schedule but one thing that features in his agenda is to donate blood every three months. "I wasn’t aware of how important blood donation is till I joined the hospital and my...
  • CNN-IBN Special: The 70 mm myth June 20, 2007

    New Delhi: On Labour Day, here is a tribute to the faceless Bollywood extras in CNN-IBN's special, The 70 mm myth. ...
  • Wake up to a celestial treat tomorrow June 16, 2007

    New Delhi: March 19 is the day for a partial solar eclipse, when the moon will come in between the sun and the earth on the same axis. In India, a whole lot of myths and beliefs are associated with this event. While the even is a delight for viewers, astronomers...
  • Learning disabilities: busting myths June 19, 2007

    New Delhi: Learning disabilities affect at least two to three per cent of children, and that is a conservative estimate. Here truths that experts unveil about certain myths: Myth 1: Many children who reverse letters do not have a learning disability. "First and foremost myth- the b's and d's reversal. Any...
  • Understand autism: Myths & facts November 23, 2006

    Chennai: Most of us would help a blind person cross the road. But when it comes to an autistic child, people turn indifferent. In an age where communication is the most important of all skills, how does an autistic child cope with a communication disorder? Tamil actor Prithvi Raj’s 11-year-old...