File this under “inconsequential,” but have you ever noticed how many myths have grown up around the lowly lobster? First and foremost: “you can hear a lobster scream when you drop it in a pot of boiling water.” This is demonstrably untrue. Lobsters have no vocal cords. The sound you might hear when you boil them is the air escaping from their shell. All this is well-known. So why does the story persist?