What is a myth that you’re tired of hearing? Redditors were recently asked that question and came up with some very interesting responses. Here they are, in order of their popularity. Note that images and some snarky remarks and links were added later.
1. That if you touch a baby bird its mom will reject it.
Birds have a mega shitty sense of smell. Here’s a handy-dandy chart:
Featherless? Scoop them back up and into the nest if you can see it. If you can’t just put it up high up so a predator can’t get it.
Has feathers but is still clearly a baby? Leave them be unless there’s a predator. Source.
2. That chewing gum takes years to digest.
I am sure we have all been told at least once in our life by a concerned adult, not to swallow gum as it will take seven years to leave our bodies. This is right up there with the whole “fruit seed growing a tree in your stomach” silliness, but while most adults realize the tree story is a myth, they don’t realize that the gum one is too. It is true that gum is not digestible in the human body, but it simply passes whole through your system. It doesn’t stick to your insides, it just continues along with any food you have eaten and pops out the other end.
3. My computer can’t get viruses because I have antivirus on it.
You most certainly can. Your odds are lower, but you’re always at risk. Especially from the dreaded Albanian Computer Virus (ACV).
4. That microwave ovens give you cancer.
Microwaves use non-ionizing radiation. It just vibrates water particles to heat up your food. Not to mention the faraday cage that makes sure that almost all of the radiation doesn’t leave the microwave.
5. Marilyn Manson got a rib removed to suck his own d1ck.
Nor did Prince, Mick Jagger, fiddy, Alice Cooper or any other celebrity. They have people who want to suck their d1cks already.
6. Led Zeppelin specifically and meticulously wrote the song “Stairway To Heaven” in such a way that if played backwards, you can hear satanic messages.
Nope, just an example of being primed before hearing something and/or audio pareidolia.
7. That, if you ask “Are you a cop” to a cop, they have to say “yes”.
8. In Japan – your blood type will determine your personality.
False. Blood type has absolutely nothing to do with your personality.
9. During the 1939 German invasion of Poland, Polish horsemen charged the German tanks with their lances.
NO THEY FUCKING DIDN’T THAT NEVER HAPPENED THE POLISH PEOPLE ARE NOT THAT FUCKING RETARDED. (redditor must be Polish?)
10. According to science, it’s impossible for bumblebees to fly.
Well, no, according to the model for insect flight that was in use at the time, it was impossible for bumblebees to fly. The author of the paper logically concluded that bumblebees flew in some way that their model didn’t account for, which they fucking do, but somehow the takeaway was “hurr durr dumb scientist thinks bumblebees don’t fly.”
11. Facebook is going to charge you unless you share this carefully worded legally binding paragraph.
12. That you eat 8 spiders a year in your sleep.
False. It’s actually 8 spiders EVERY NIGHT. Actually, it’s likely zero.
13. Sharks don’t get cancer.
They do. “Out of all they myths in the world, there are few that have been more ecologically damaging and pervasive despite unequivocal scientific evidence to the contrary. This simply untrue statement has led to the slaughter of millions of sharks via the industry for shark cartilage pills, which are sold to desperate cancer patients under the false pretense that they can help reduce or cure their illness.” via Scientific American
14. You must wait 48 hours before you can report someone missing.
Those first 48 hours are some of the most important in an investigation.
15. Columbus was the first person to discover the earth wasn’t flat, and that was why he was the first to try to sail west to get to India.
16. Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis.
It won’t. It might cause some swelling though.
17. Our blood is blue when it’s inside our bodies.
It’s red. There are cameras that can go inside our bodies and see red blood…
18. Cutting your hair makes it grow faster.
I get so annoyed every time someone says it. Trimming dead ends just allows the hair to continue growing without the ends breaking off over and over. When hair first comes in after being shaved, it grows with a blunt edge on top. Over time, the blunt edge gets worn so it may seem thicker than it actually is. Hair that’s just emerging can be darker too, because it hasn’t been bleached by the sun.
19. That the daddylonglegs is the most poisonous spider on Earth but it cannot bite you because its mouth is too small.
If I had a nickel for every time I had to correct people on this one, I would put them all in a tube sock and beat the shit out of whoever made it up.
20. That 9/10 dentists recommend every single toothpaste out there.
21. You only use 10% of your brain.
We use virtually every part of the brain, and that (most of) the brain is active almost all the time.
22. That higher grade fuel is good for your car.
23. That evolution should eventually create a “perfect” being, if it hasn’t already.
Nope. Evolution by natural selection only produces something that can survive in a certain environment. If the environment changes and it can’t adapt, it dies. Every trait, even the ones that seem like they only benefit, has tradeoffs. A species that’s perfectly adapted for swimming can’t also be perfectly adapted to run fast on land. A species that’s perfectly adapted to a tropical rainforest can’t also be perfectly adapted for Antarctica. Our big human brains? Those use a lot of energy to grow and function.
24. People can sense WiFi and other electrical energy and it is making them sick.
Charlatans take advantage people’s general ignorance, particularly of physics and biology to sell them products that will magically mitigate the dangerous energy.
25. Napoleon was very short.
No. He wasn’t. By today’s standards he would be, but at the time he wasn’t.
26. That people in the Middle Ages thought the earth was flat.
27. Anything to do with astrology and zodiac signs.
This is so easily debunked.
28. That I need to buy a makeup, lotion, food, or other product because the ingredients are “all natural.”
Snake venom is natural. Arsenic is natural. Natural doesn’t automatically mean it is good for you.
29. That aspartame causes cancer.
There is absolutely no causative link between aspartame and cancer. In fact, there’s more of a link between refined sugar and cancer. http://www.cancer.org/cancer/cancercauses/othercarcinogens/athome/aspartame
30. That we didn’t land on the moon.
It’s surprising how many people I’ve run into that talk about the moon landing like they’re an agnostic talking about religion. This grand conspiracy has been debunked countless times.
31. If you sleep with a fan on, you will die because of lack of oxygen in the room.
How could this possibly work? How would a fan suck the oxygen out… but leave nitrogen, carbon dioxide and everything else?
32. Left-brain/right-brain psychology.
33. Anything from the anti-vaxxer movement.
It’s very unfortunate that precious resources are wasted on this idea even though there is ample evidence to show the efficacy and massively positive impact of vaccines. Proof.
34. If people evolved from apes why are there still apes?
We have a common ancestor, there’s a big difference. Evolution is not a straight line… it’s a bush with many branches and twigs.
35. That people think you can catch a cold because of the cold temperature.
Viruses (more than 200 different kinds) cause colds, not cold weather. In order for you to catch a cold, the virus must travel from a sick person’s body to yours. This usually happens via airborne droplets you inhale when an infected person coughs or sneezes. You can also get a cold virus by shaking hands with an infected person or by using something where the virus has found a temporary home, such as a phone or door handle. Colds are more prevalent during the colder months because people tend to spend more time inside, making it much easier for viruses to jump from person to person.
36. Anything purporting to detox your body.
Your body has that covered on its own, a kale smoothie that smells like lawn clippings ain’t gonna make a difference. Your body has it’s own detox systems: your liver and your kidneys.