Lies That Last

February 23, 2014

Popular myths, urban legends and just plain lies.  Why do we persist in believing things that just aren't true?

  1. Oklahoma Basement Myth - Mike Hancock

    Oklahoma is famous for tornados.  And the safest place to be in a tornado is a basement, right?  Well  in Oklahoma, they don’t have many basements.  In fact, only 3 percent of homes have them.  Why?  Because people in Oklahoma think you can’t build basements in their soil.

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  2. Crack Baby Myth - Ira Chasnoff

    What if Crack Babies were a myth?

    To see the NYTimes video on Crack Babies click here.

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  3. The Unknown Known - Errol Morris

    The question of how and why we come to believe lies fascinates filmmaker Errol Morris.

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  4. Sonic Sidebar - Cow Tipping

    To the Best of Our Knowledge is produced at Wisconsin Public Radio, and if there’s one thing we know here in America’s dairyland, it’s cows.  So as long as we’re talking about lies that last… have you ever tried to tip a cow? 

    Interesting in that cow tipping equation? Click here.

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  5. Little White Lies - Sam Harris

    Do do I look good in this dress?  We all know the answer, right?  It’s "you look great." Even if that’s not quite true.  

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  6. BookMark: Karen Joy Fowler

    Karen Joy Fowler bookmarks "Dazzle of Day" by Molly Gloss.

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  7. On Our Minds - Snake Handling

     Reverend Jamie Coots was a snake handler and Pentecostal preacher in Middlesboro, Kentucky.   He died this past Saturday, when the rattlesnake he was handling during a church service bit him.

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