Blog Archives for December 2011

Five Solved ‘Unexplained Mysteries’ of 2011

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 27, 2011

Each year brings new puzzles and mysteries to challenge skeptics and put our wits to the test. Sometimes mysteries take weeks, months, or even years or decades to solve, and while most of the public's attention naturally focuses on the still-mysterious, it's always worth reflecting on former mysteries. Here are five high-profile (temporarily) unexplained mysteries that were finally solved in 2011.


Poll Holds Surprises About Teen Self-Image, Reality TV Effects

A Skeptic Reads the Newspaper with Ben Radford
December 08, 2011

A new survey from the Girl Scout Research Institute issued a report titled "Real to Me: Girls and Reality TV" which came to a variety of conclusions about the effects of reality TV on beliefs and attitudes of teen girls. One interesting result what was most girls reject the "beauty myth" idea that a girl's value is based on how she looks.