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# myth

All time
# Research
Myth debunked: Rainy weather does NOT cause achy joints and sore backs
Researchers from Harvard Medical School found there is no correlation between achy joints and rainfall.
# sponsored by leap card
6 weird and wonderful things you didn't know about Leap Day
It’s more than just the worst birthday going, ya know.
# shots fired
Martin takes aim at 'Enda the Fireman', says Taoiseach 'promoting a fairytale'
In a blistering attack on Fine Gael, Micheál Martin said their party conference “may well have set a world record for the amount of arrogant self-praise”.
The tale of the 18th century baronet, his Irish mistress and a horrific love charm
“Nothing prepared me for the unearthing this tale of witchcraft, lust and horror, set in 18th century Co Mayo.”
Fear not: the hazelnut shortage will NOT affect Ferrero Rocher supply this Christmas
Contrary to recent news reports.
# falling behind
Government needs to 'stop making excuses' and 'propagating myths' on climate change
This call comes from group The Environmental Pillar, after a new study shows Ireland is unlikely to meet its 2020 emissions targets.
# myth
Jim McGuinness - It's an "illusion" that Dublin are suspect at the back
But Donegal boss says his side are ready for the challenge on Sunday.
# true or false
Debunked: Will a bee die if it stings you?
Will you be taking less pity on the next bee that stings you?
# true or false
Debunked: Does pressing the pedestrian crossing button more than once make any difference?
And why do we feel the need to press it over and over again?
# true or false
Debunked: Does swallowed chewing gum stay in your stomach for seven years?
Or longer? Is that piece that you swallowed when you were six still there?
# conjecture
Opinion: Why the Gareth Bale narrative is the biggest myth in football
It’s become a cliché to claim that Real Madrid’s new signing was a no-hoper when he first joined Spurs.
# true or false
Debunked: Does reading in low light or staring at a screen damage your eyesight?
“Turn off that feckin’ laptop and go to sleep, Séan, your eyes will fall out of your head by the time you’re thirty” can now be swiftly met with “Eh, Mam, about that…”.
# true or false
Debunked: Does sugar make children hyperactive?
Although we are quick to lay the blame on fizzy pop and chocolate, studies show that they might not have anything to do with hyperactivity.
# true or false
Debunked: Is a rat never more than a few metres away?
That would mean there could be one right at the foot of your bed, but is this actually the case?
# chivalry myth
Report: it's everyone for themselves on sinking ships
Men are more likely to survive sinking ships than women and children – and captains are more likely to make it than their passengers, according to new research.
# Arthur's Day
Was King Arthur an Irishman?
New book claims it has strong evidence to ground the Arthurian legend in a real-life high king of Ireland.