A physician once placed dying patients on a scale to measure the weight of the soul. Is this popular religious urban legend an amazing fact, or absolute baloney? Find out below.
True. A 1907 story in The New York Times recounted the experiments of Duncan MacDougall of Haverhill, Mass., a physician who calculated that the weight of a body decreased by 21 grams at the moment of death. His methodology was unreliable by modern standards. Still, his work inspired the title of the 2003 film 21 Grams.