Here are 30 ‘facts’ you probably grew up with that just happen to be inaccurate. This may take some adjustment but don’t worry we will get through the hard truth together.
Chewing gum doesn’t take 7 years to digest. In fact, chewing gum doesn’t digest at all. We pass it normally within a few hours.
Most diamonds aren’t formed with compressed coal. Most diamonds are heated and compressed 90 miles below the Earths surface while coal is found only 2 miles below the surface.
Being “blind as a bat” means not being blind at all. While many use echolocation to navigate, all bats can see.
The poinsettia will not kill you or your pets if digested. While you should not eat them they will only give you some minor gastrointestinal issues.
Shaving your hair doesn’t make it thicker. It actually feels more coarse because it now has a blunt end rather than a tapered end.
If you drop a penny off the Empire State building you will NOT kill somebody. The terminal velocity of a penny is 50 mph which isn’t fast enough to kill.
Sharks can and do develop cancer. The myth that they don’t was actually created by I. William Lane to sell shark cartilage as an expensive cancer treatment.
Pure water doesn’t conduct electricity very well. The reason we can get shocked when standing in electrified water is because most water we come across is contaminated by minerals and other things that will conduct electricity.
Hair and fingernails do not continue to grow after we die. Our skin shrinks causing the appearance of growing hair and nails.
We don’t use just 10% of our brains. In fact we use the whole thing for different things at different times. We would not survive if we scooped out 90%.
Ostriches do not stick their heads under ground when they are scared. In fact they actually plop over and play dead.
Certified organic foods are not free of pesticides. According to the USDA the levels are so low that it is of no concern to label it differently.
Only a very small percentage of people with Tourette Syndrome actually cuss like a sailor. Most suffer from different tics and involuntary movements. The swearing tic is called coprolalia.
Microwave radiation will not cause cancer. It just heats up whatever is put inside. In fact only a few forms of radiation cause cancer and these depend on the dosage. Just like too much sun causes skin cancer but just the right amount of sun radiation produces Vitamin D.
The picture below is commonly referred to as the Brontosaurus, Michael Crichton even labeled it as such in Jurassic Park. It is actually an Apatosaurus. The myth was started by two feuding paleontologists during the Bone Wars, 130 years ago.
Lightning does strike the same place. Some places like the Empire State Building get struck up to 100 times a year.
Lemmings do not commit mass suicides. They may fall off of cliffs if they are in a area they are unfamiliar with but purely accidental.
The color of your snot doesn’t indicate if you have a bacterial or viral infection — It can vary from clear to yellow to green with a variety of illnesses.
Goldfish have a pretty good memory span that actually lasts a few months. Not 5 seconds like commonly believed.
Giving children sugar doesn’t make them hyper. They have a super metabolism that breaks it down too fast. In a study, kids with sugar-free soda were just as hyper as kids with regular soda.
During the early Middle Ages, virtually all scholars maintained that the Earth was round, not flat. The myth that people thought the Earth was flat was started in the 1940s by the Members of the Historical Association.
Dogs and cats don’t see in only shades of gray. They see in a wide range of blues and greens as well. Dogs have a wider field of vision than humans but cannot see as far in front of them.
Popping your knuckles doesn’t cause arthritis. Causes include age, injury, genetics and obesity.
Frogs and toads do not give you warts when handled. Warts are transferred when you touch another person with warts. The human papillomavirus is what gives people warts, and it is unique to humans.
There is no such thing as a ‘photographic memory’. Sure people have great memories but even people with exceptional memories don’t recall events with visual details precise enough to mimic a camera.
A McDonalds hamburger will not rot is actually false. Given the right temperature, humidity and warmth bacteria will eventually break down this burger.
You are not born with all of the brain cells you will ever have. There is ample evidence that the brain continues to produce new cells in at least a few brain regions well into adulthood, through a process called neurogenesis.
The myth that you can only stand an egg on its end during the Spring Equinox is false. If you are a skilled egg balancer with a textured shell this can be done on any day.
The Northern Hemisphere is not closer to the sun during summer. The angle of the Northern Hemisphere is more direct to the sun during summer absorbing more of the sun’s energy causing the U.S. to be warmer.
The Great Wall Of China is not the only man-made thing on Earth you can see from space. In fact it depends on where you are in space. Many man-made things can be seen from space however even the Great Wall cannot be seen from the moon but you can see our lights.
These myths, old wives tales, and misconceptions have been passed down through the ages, but we put an end to that.