Popular Facts that are actually Myths
Ever believe something which turned out to be a bluff? Yeah, I did too.
Below are 15 Popular Facts that are actually Myths. :)
#15 Sweet as Bubblegum
If you’ve ever accidentally swallowed your chewing gum, you can breathe a sigh of relief! Contrary to popular belief, it won’t take 7 years to digest, and it will digest normally along with your other food.
#14 Elephants’ Graveyard
It is a complete myth that elephants sense when they are close to death and make their way instinctively to a place known as the elephants’ graveyard where they finally lay to rest.
#13 Rub My Belly
The historical Buddha is in fact not meant to be ‘chubby’ or laughing! It was a tenth century Chinese folk hero by the name of Budai who had these characteristics.
#12 Strikes Twice
One of the oldest and most common myths about lightening is that it never strikes the same place twice, but all of this is just another lie! For example, lightning strikes the Empire State Building in NY about 100 times per year!
#11 Lucky 8?
Eight glasses of water are actually not needed daily in order to maintain health. The truth is that the amount of hydration varies from person to person, and a lot of the foods we eat daily already carry a high water content. It is important to keep up the H2o though!
#10 Death Do Us Part
When a person dies, their hair and fingernails do not continue to grow! The reason this was believed at first was because the skin shrinks away from the bases of nails and the hair, therefore making it seem as though growth has taken place.
#9 Eat, Dive & Survive
It has been proven that eating up to an hour before jumping into a pool or the ocean does not actually increase your chances of muscle cramps or drowning! It was purely a myth.
#8 Humans & Dinosaurs
Humans and dinosaurs never lived among one another at the same time! It is believed that dinosaurs died 65.5 million years ago, whereas humans evolved between 2.3 and 2.4 million years ago.
#7 Monkey Business
Contrary to popular belief, humans did not evolve from the chimpanzee! They are in fact the human’s closest living relatives though.
#6 Memory of a Goldfish
Although it is a commonly held belief that goldfish only have a memory span of a few seconds, it is in fact much longer than this, spanning up to quite a few months!
#5 Red Flag
Although professional matadors use a red cape to enrage their bull, it is not the color red that makes the animal angry, especially since they are color-blind! The bulls will charge regardless of the color due to the threat posed by the matador.
#4 Space Odd-ity
While many believe that the Great Wall of China can be seen from Space, the truth is none of the Apollo astronauts reported seeing it from the Moon, OR close to the Earth’s surface!
#3 Lost in Translation
The term “sushi” does not actually mean “raw fish”, especially since not all sushi contains raw fish! In actual fact, the term translates as “sour rice”.
#2 Eat Cake!
Contrary to popular belief, Marie Antoinette did not utter the phrase “let them eat cake”. It is believed that Rousseau coined the term, or that it was stated by Maria-Theresa, the wife of Louis XIV.
#1 What Horn?
In actual fact, there is no evidence to support that vikings wore horns on their helmets! This notion only developed after the 1876 production of the Der Ring des Nibelungen opera cycle by Richard Wagner!
THE END. Lazy day so not saying much. ;)
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