With the power of scientific inquiry, we will disprove these misconceptions and focus on the true facts. By dispelling these fables, this compendium aims not to criticize but rather educate those who they have deceived. Prepare to question what you thought you knew, and embrace the joy of learning something new.
Duck ‘n’ Cover
“Hiding under a highway overpass is not a good way to survive a tornado. It has been proven that the wind gets concentrated and the speeds increase underneath the overpass.”
“Your best bet for survival, if you cannot escape the tornado, is to find the nearest deep ditch or hole.”
The Memory of a Goldfish
“Goldfish have a three-second memory.”
“They don’t and, supposedly, you can even train them to do tricks.”
Cracking Knuckles = Arthritis
“There was a guy who only cracked the knuckles on his right hand his whole life to test this. He had no real difference between his hands arthritis-wise.”
“Some scientist guy spent 60 years doing that experiment. It’s just gas between your joints. I keep having to explain this to all my family, who keep telling me to stop cracking them.”
Old School Dietary Advice
“Most dietary information that is widely accepted by the public was from studies that have been proven wrong since the 70s.”
“My MIL told me not to have any MSG, so aka, don’t eat any Chinese food while pregnant… MSG was seen as bad back then, but it’s literally not bad.”
Rice is Bad For Birds
“That rice will make the birds who eat it explode. Birds eat rice all the time! It’s actually good for them, especially brown rice.”
“I believe this myth was made up so people would stop throwing rice at weddings, but harming the birds wasn’t an actual risk. It was getting rice grains stuck in your ear that was.”
Shaving Makes Hair Grow Back Thicker
“As a licensed Waxing Specialist, this misconception drives me nuts because I am literally educated on this and people still argue with me.
Plucking and waxing do have an effect on the hair growth pattern because you’re removing the whole root of the hair. But shaving is just surface level and does nothing but make the regrowth sharper.”
Our Blood is NOT Blue
“My grandpa, when I was very little, used to tell me that I was royalty because my blood (veins) were blue and only royalty had blue blood.”
Spoiler alert: it’s not, and he’s not.
Most Things That Tout Detoxifying Properties
“The body naturally detoxifies the blood. That is the whole point of the liver and kidneys, no? Well, waste as well as toxins.”
“Almost any pseudoscience about ‘removing the toxins from your body.’ Also, those weird detox foot baths, special bracelets that do something with the charge of your body… all nonsense.”
You Can’t Clean Shave Your Way to a Beard
“This was invented to get teen boys to shave their peach fuzz mustaches.”
“I went to school with a guy who didn’t shave his wispy dirt stache specifically because he didn’t want more facial hair.”
There is an Alpha Wolf in a Pack
“Like the person who made the first claim debunked his own claim, but nobody cared.”
“I feel so bad for the poor dude. He tried so hard to correct the one mistake he made but to no avail.”
Exercise Shifts Weight in Certain Areas
“Doing ab exercises (or anything region-specific) will burn fat and tighten skin primarily around that specific area.”
“My friend is more into working out than I am, and he warned that that can actually make you look fatter since the fat won’t move, but you’ll just build muscle underneath it that pushes the fat forward.”
Milk is Good For Cats
“As a cat lover, it always drives me insane that so many people will automatically give a stray they found milk. Most cats are lactose intolerant.”
The Belief That Sugar Causes Hyperactivity in Children
“This belief has been around for decades, but numerous scientific studies have shown that there is no evidence to support it.”
“It’s like the perfect example of the Placebo effect. Kids hear from adults all the time that sugar will make them hyper, so when they get some, they lose their minds.”
Vaccines Cause Autism
“A buddy of mine on the spectrum once said, ‘It’s more likely that autism creates vaccines’.”
“Vaccines cause adults.”
Torture = Truth Revealed
“Torture doesn’t work. It has never worked. It was proven that torture didn’t work before America was colonized.”
“Torture DOES produce confessions, but it doesn’t reveal the truth.”
Sitting Too Close to the TV Makes You Go Blind
“I’ve recently come to realize that children who sit too close to the TV might already have poor vision but cannot communicate it.
So when they go get their eyes checked, it appears that the cause is them sitting too close to the TV.”
Fat Makes You Fat
“Sure, it can contribute, but weight problems are mostly due to sugar intake, lifestyle, genetic factors, and overconsumption.”
Eggs are Bad/Good For You
“That eggs are bad for you/eggs are good for you. It’s been proven that it completely depends on your own genetic makeup on if they are good or bad for you.
For some people, they’re healthy, for others, they’re not, and their bad cholesterol level skyrockets.”
Cats Don’t Bond With Their Owners
“They do, but they don’t have expressive faces like dogs do and don’t utterly depend on us for security in new situations like dogs do.”
That You’re Only Right or Left Brained
“You use both sides. That test just determines if you’re more creative or analytical, so it’s more of a personality test than anything.”
“Our psych professor had us take a Buzzfeed test on that with the purpose of disproving it, and I was 50/50 right and left-brained. He used my result as an example of its nonsense.”
Lie Detectors Are Accurate
“The idea that polygraph tests detect lies is complete B S. Which is why they are not permissible as evidence in court. Polygraphs detect emotional spikes, like the type you might get if you are being interrogated, whether you’re guilty or not.”
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