Animals can predict natural disasters, and 19 other myths


Frederica2_1There is no evidence that animals possess a mysterious sixth-sense allowing them to predict natural disasters. Their keen senses of smell, hearing, and sharp instincts alone are enough to send them scattering for the hillsides during a hurricane or tsunami. And even so, animals often die during natural disasters, so if they do have some sort of sixth sense, it’s not worth much.

More myths busted here.  [Photo of Frederica Krueger by Margit Oberrauch.]