Researchers have already debunked the top 20 myths we all think are true, such as: the most heat escapes through your head, we only use 10% of our brain, and goldfish only have three seconds of memory.
A new survey of 2,000 adults found that nearly four in 10 didn’t even know how they came to believe this scam stuff, but 49% shared it with others, believing it to be correct.
Almost half believe that most humans the heat escapes through your head, but experts claim that only about 10% of body heat is lost this way, due to its relatively small area.
And far from the idea that goldfish only remember things for a few seconds, they are believed to have memories that last up to three months.
And, regarding our brain power, even something as simple as clenching and loosening our fist uses well over 10% of the human brain, according to scientific studies.
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Other misconceptions that we often pass on include the color red rages the bulls, yet animals cannot even see the color. Likewise, you may have said that it takes seven years to digest swallowed chewing gum, which is not true because we cannot digest it at all.
More than one in five (22%) thinks that if a penny fell from the top of New York’s Empire State Building, it would generate enough force to kill anyone it landed on – however, it is just too light to do such a thing.
A spokesperson for Scrivens Opticians & Hearing Care, who commissioned the survey to help expose misconceptions about contact lenses, said: “If enough people tell us the same thing, we’re inclined to believe it, and for many of us we will have believed bits and pieces of incorrect information to be true from childhood ”
Myths around contact lenses get lost behind the eye, as well as eye gel in cold weather were in the top 30: 10% of respondents believe that it is possible that contact lenses get lodged behind the eyeball, but this is a scientific impossibility. Learn more about contact lens myths, here.
Other lies we frequently believe include the tale of old wives add salt to a pot of water to make it boil faster, but salt is said to raise the boiling point of water.
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Conducted by OnePoll, the survey has a bright spot. We are learning to be wary of what we read on social media: only 25% of respondents believe that what they see online is actually based on fact.
But, plausible sounding “facts” seem to take on a life of their own. For example, why would anyone believe that we swallow eight spiders every year, per person? If you think about it, how would that even be tested?
TEN MORE MYTHS WE MUST GIVE UP
1. Chameleons change color to blend in with their surroundings. (Although they make small color adjustments, the main function of the color change is to alert neighbors of danger.)
2. Sugar causes hyperactivity in children. (More than a dozen large studies haven’t shown that sugar causes hyperactivity.)
3. You should urinate on it if someone is stung by a jellyfish. (This myth could even make the sting worse.)
4. Bats are blind. (Bats have small eyes with very sensitive vision, which helps them see in conditions we might think of as pitch black.)
5. You will have cramps if you go swimming right after eating. (The Mayo Clinic says there’s really no scientific basis for this.)
6. Dogs only see black and white. (They aren’t as bright, but they see the colors.)
7. If you touch a baby bird with your bare hands, its mother will reject it. (False. This widespread belief is “for birds”)
8. Shaving your hair makes it grow back thicker. (This will not change its thickness, color, or rate of growth, although it does give it a blunt tip, which may appear coarse or “bald” for a while as it grows – and it may appear darker or thicker, but it is not.)
9. Too much breaking in your joints will cause arthritis. (Breaking your knuckles does not harm our joints at all or cause arthritis.)
10. Going out in the cold will give you a cold. (False. The viruses that cause the common cold can spread more easily at lower temperatures, and exposure to cold, dry air can negatively impact the body’s immune system to fight viruses.)
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