Some people swear by things they picked up at school or university, others rely on the opinions of experts, while there are also some who get their intake of facts from the World Wide Web. And while some of the sources might seem more reliable than others, it's not uncommon that all of them might be incorrect sometimes.

There are plenty of scientific theories that have been proven wrong, so things that you've heard from 3 friends and aunt and your grandma can definitely be wrong. Here's a list of half-truths and all-lies that many people believe but actually have either been disputed or don't have any actual substance to them, according to Wikipedia. Scroll down, read through, and see if your own perception of truth and reality is challenged. Oh, and don't forget to comment and vote on your favorites!

#1

Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism Or Autism Spectrum Disorders

Vaccines Do Not Cause Autism Or Autism Spectrum Disorders

Although fraudulent research by British doctor Andrew Wakefield claimed a connection, repeated attempts to reproduce the results ended in failure, and the research was ultimately shown to have been manipulated.

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Say it louder for people in the back please!

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#2

A Common Belief Regarding Self-Harm Is That It Is An Attention-Seeking Behaviour; In Many Cases, This Is Inaccurate

A Common Belief Regarding Self-Harm Is That It Is An Attention-Seeking Behaviour; In Many Cases, This Is Inaccurate

Many self-harmers are very self-conscious of their wounds and scars and feel guilty about their behaviour, leading them to go to great lengths to conceal their behaviour from others. They may offer alternative explanations for their injuries, or conceal their scars with clothing.

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Grapeling
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1 year ago

This is very true!! It's sad that people think it's just attention-seeking ;ccc

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#3

Ancient Greek Sculptures Were Originally Painted Bright Colors

Ancient Greek Sculptures Were Originally Painted Bright Colors

They only appear white today because the original pigments have deteriorated. Some well-preserved statues still bear traces of their original coloration.

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Ben Smith
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1 year ago

Never knew that. Cool!

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#4

There Is No Such Thing As An "Alpha" In A Wolf Pack

There Is No Such Thing As An "Alpha" In A Wolf Pack

An early study that coined the term "alpha wolf" had only observed unrelated adult wolves living in captivity. In the wild, wolf packs operate more like human families: there is no defined sense of rank, parents are in charge until the young grow up and start their own families, younger wolves do not overthrow an "alpha" to become the new leader, and social dominance fights are situational.

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SnowMercy
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1 year ago

I feel I've been lied to my whole life!

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#5

It Is Rarely Necessary To Wait 24 Hours Before Filing A Missing Person Report

It Is Rarely Necessary To Wait 24 Hours Before Filing A Missing Person Report

In instances where there is evidence of violence or of an unusual absence, law enforcement agencies in the United States often stress the importance of beginning an investigation promptly. The UK government website says in large type, "You don't have to wait 24 hours before contacting the police."

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Bonny Saxon
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1 year ago

Can you say that one more time? You don't have to wait 24 hours before contacting the police!

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#6

Goldfish Don't Have Short Memory Spans

Goldfish Don't Have Short Memory Spans

The notion that goldfish have a memory span of just a few seconds is false. It is much longer, counted in months.

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Withnail
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1 year ago

I was going to comment, but I forgot what I wanted to say...

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#7

Humans Have More Than The Commonly Cited Five Senses

Humans Have More Than The Commonly Cited Five Senses

The number of senses in various categorizations ranges from five to more than 20. In addition to sight, smell, taste, touch, and hearing, which were the senses identified by Aristotle, humans can sense balance and acceleration (equilibrioception), pain (nociception), body and limb position (proprioception or kinesthetic sense), and relative temperature (thermoception). Other senses sometimes identified are the sense of time, echolocation, itching, pressure, hunger, thirst, fullness of the stomach, need to urinate, need to defecate, and blood carbon dioxide (CO2) levels.

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Daria B
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1 year ago

Growing up on Saint Seiya, at a certain point your conscience takes it for granted that, in fact, it's 7. ♥

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#8

Napoleon Bonaparte Was Not Short

Napoleon Bonaparte Was Not Short

He was actually slightly taller than the average Frenchman of his time. After his death in 1821, the French emperor's height was recorded as 5 feet 2 inches in French feet, which in English measurements is 5 feet 7 inches (1.70 m). He was actually nicknamed le Petit Caporal (The Little Corporal) as a term of endearment. Napoleon was often accompanied by his imperial guard, who were selected for their height—this could have contributed to a perception that he was comparatively short.

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

Donald Trump's nickname is now officially "La Petite Merde".

Nunya
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1 year ago

I'm still partial to calling him the Tangerine Wankmaggot...

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Mike
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1 year ago

It was also something encouraged by the English to make him seem like a smaller threat (pun intended)

Jon S.
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1 year ago

Yes, there was a popular propaganda cartoon depicting him as a midget, which is supposed to be where this myth started

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Harry Larter
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1 year ago

Well, to the Dutch...

Matthew White
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1 year ago

MIND BLOWN

TheExtremeSmell
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1 year ago

Lot of triggered trump fans in the comments

Pamela Scott
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1 year ago

His personal Imperial guards had to be at least 6 foot tall. They had to be able to read and write at least 2 languages and either have been in the military a minimum of 10 years or done something that was way above a beyond the normal acts of a soldier in battle, the kind of things we see soldier get bronze stars for now. Once they were part of his guard they were not to be seen with loose women and had to treat all women even those women with the same regard they would have for their own mother, wife or child!

Liz Perry
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1 year ago

This is just Napoleon's PR firm working from beyond the grave

Lola
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1 year ago

I’ve seen his clothing in a museum and it looked very small. Definitely not to fit a 5 foot 7 inch man.

European other
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1 year ago

Yeah I have heard that he wasn't so short. It's what the British wanted you to think.

Jane Alexander
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1 year ago

Was he considered short because of the difference in French/English feet? -and what's with that anyhow? A foot is supposed to have been named for the length of a man s foot, so are French feet bigger?

Peggy Fredmeyster
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1 year ago

Why is French math (ft) different than American math (ft)??

Pseudo Puppy
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1 year ago

Because, there was no "globalisation" hundreds of years ago, as it is today. The sharing of information (including measurements), was extremely slow, and typically limited to small geographical areas. In order to "measure" anything, locals had to create some kind of reference point - a reference point they made up (just as the metric system & the imperial system were made up by someone). "Feet" as measurements, were typically either based upon the foot size of the king at the time, or if that information wasn't readily available, it was based on the most local leader of the highest ranking. In short: the units of measurement used by the french and the US, are based on 2 different systems, created at 2 different times, in 2 different countries, at a time when information was not easily shared. The French no longer use "feet", as they were the first to put into place the practical use of the metric system: which is now the standard worldwide.

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Minnie-me
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1 year ago

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Aileen Grist
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1 year ago

Nelson was 5 ft 4. Many of his men less. The ceiling height on The Trafalgar is less than 5 ft 6

Anna Moreno
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1 year ago

Interesting!

Tor Rolf Strøm
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1 year ago

I've heard this a million times. But 170 is kinda short tho.

Ivy Ruonakoski
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1 year ago

170 is short now but not so much 200 years ago.

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Keuthonymos
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1 year ago

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Ellie
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1 year ago

Well if we are being honest 5'7'' for a man isn't considered tall either, but more average height.

Jane Alexander
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1 year ago

People were smaller 200 years ago, we know this by the size of the Armour they wore.

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Martata
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1 year ago

170m isn't tall either, it's not short, but men are usually taller than that.

Dragana Buha
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1 year ago

Why do we have , Napoleon complex' ? And who is lying-history books or who ever wrote this?

Alex Newell
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1 year ago

"History is written by the victors"

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Debbie Burton
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1 year ago

That is short for a man

Pseudo Puppy
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1 year ago

Not for back then. And it's still the average height for men in many countries. 6'+ is the rarity in most places.

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Calypso poet
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1 year ago

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5’ 7” isn’t short...for a woman 😁

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#9

The Forbidden Fruit Is Not Apple

The Forbidden Fruit Is Not Apple

The forbidden fruit mentioned in the Book of Genesis is never identified as an apple, a misconception widely depicted in Western art. The original Hebrew texts mention only tree and fruit. Early Latin translations use the word mali, which can be taken to mean both "evil" and "apple". In early Germanic languages the word "apple" and its cognates usually meant simply "fruit". German and French artists commonly depict the fruit as an apple from the 12th century onwards, and John Milton's Areopagitica from 1644 explicitly mentions the fruit as an apple. Jewish scholars have suggested that the fruit could have been a grape, a fig, wheat, an apricot, or an etrog.

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Foxxy
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1 year ago

Another major misconception is that when we die we go to heaven or hell which is not true. When we die we return to dust, Are conscious of nothing etc and then after Armageddon the righteous will live eternally on earth to be fruitful and live in peace.

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#10

Albert Einstein Did Not Fail Mathematics Classes

Albert Einstein Did Not Fail Mathematics Classes

Albert Einstein did not fail mathematics classes (never "flunked a math exam") in school. Upon seeing a column making this claim, Einstein said "I never failed in mathematics... Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus." Einstein did, however, fail his first entrance exam into the Swiss Federal Polytechnic School (ETH) in 1895, when he was two years younger than his fellow students, but scored exceedingly well in the mathematics and science sections, then passed on his second attempt.

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Grapeling
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1 year ago

oh :c now we can't use Einstein's "failed class but still succeeded" story to encourage others?

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#11

Acne Is Mostly Caused By Genetics

Acne Is Mostly Caused By Genetics

Acne is mostly caused by genetics, rather than lack of hygiene, eating fatty food, or other personal habits.

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

Damn you, mum! Or dad! Or both of you!

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#12

Eight Glasses, Or Two To Three Liters, Of Water A Day Are Not Needed To Maintain Health

Eight Glasses, Or Two To Three Liters, Of Water A Day Are Not Needed To Maintain Health

The amount of water needed varies by person (weight), diet, activity level, clothing, and environment (heat and humidity). Water does not actually need to be drunk in pure form, but can be derived from liquids such as juices, tea, milk, soups, etc., and from foods including fruits and vegetables.

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Väinö-Oskari Astala
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1 year ago

Major source of water is fat metabolism, for which water is a by-product. Also, camels store fat in their hump and use it as a combined energy and water source (see fuel cells in space).

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#13

People Don't Swallow A High Number Of Spiders While Asleep

People Don't Swallow A High Number Of Spiders While Asleep

The widespread urban legend that one swallows a high number of spiders during sleep in one's life has no basis in reality. A sleeping person causes all kinds of noise and vibrations by breathing, the beating heart, snoring etc. all of which warn spiders of danger.

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Grapeling
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1 year ago

<-- person who used to think about taping their mouth shut to prevent spider invasion

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#14

Hair Care Products Cannot Actually "Repair" Split Ends And Damaged Hair

Hair Care Products Cannot Actually "Repair" Split Ends And Damaged Hair

They can prevent damage from occurring in the first place, and they can also smooth down the cuticle in a glue-like fashion so that it appears repaired, and generally make hair appear in better condition.

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Bonny Saxon
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1 year ago

Oh the Humanity!

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#15

Thomas Edison Did Not Invent The Light Bulb

Thomas Edison Did Not Invent The Light Bulb

He did, however, develop the first practical light bulb in 1880 (employing a carbonized bamboo filament), shortly prior to Joseph Swan, who invented an even more efficient bulb in 1881 (which used a cellulose filament).

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

Senku's was better.

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#16

There Is No Evidence That Iron Maidens Were Used For Torture, Or Even Yet Invented, In The Middle Ages

There Is No Evidence That Iron Maidens Were Used For Torture, Or Even Yet Invented, In The Middle Ages

Instead they were pieced together in the 18th century from several artifacts found in museums in order to create spectacular objects intended for (commercial) exhibition.

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MsM
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1 year ago

But is Eddie real? Discuss.

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#17

The Deep Web Is Not Full Of Porn, Drugs And Stolen Bank Details

The Deep Web Is Not Full Of Porn, Drugs And Stolen Bank Details

The area that contains this illegal information is a small portion of the deep web known as the "dark web." Much of the deep web consists of academic libraries, databases, and anything that isn't indexed by normal search engines.

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Carson Skjerdal
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1 year ago

Who thought the deep web was bad?

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#18

Sign Languages Are Not The Same Worldwide

Sign Languages Are Not The Same Worldwide

Aside from the pidgin International Sign, each country generally has its own native sign language, and some have more than one (although there are also substantial similarities among all sign languages).

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littlesaresare
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1 year ago

Sign languages are also natural languages with their own grammars, totally unrelated to that area's spoken language.

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#19

Fortune Cookies Were Invented In Japan, Not China

Fortune Cookies Were Invented In Japan, Not China

Fortune cookies, despite being associated with Chinese cuisine in the United States, were invented in Japan and introduced to the US by the Japanese. The cookies are extremely rare in China, where they are seen as symbols of American cuisine.

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glowworm2
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1 year ago

They were first popularized in San Francisco, California, I believe.

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#20

Vikings Didn't Have Horns On Their Helmets

Vikings Didn't Have Horns On Their Helmets

There is no evidence that Vikings wore horns on their helmets. In fact, the image of Vikings wearing horned helmets stems from the scenography of an 1876 production of the Der Ring des Nibelungen opera cycle by Richard Wagner.

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Harry Larter
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1 year ago

I knew this one

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#21

Christopher Columbus Was Not The First European To Visit The Americas

Christopher Columbus Was Not The First European To Visit The Americas

Leif Erikson, and possibly other Vikings before him, explored Vinland, which was either the island of Newfoundland, part of modern Canada, or a term for Newfoundland and parts of the North American mainland. Ruins at L'Anse aux Meadows prove that at least one Norse settlement was built in Newfoundland, confirming a narrative in the Saga of Erik the Red. Columbus also never reached any land that now forms part of the mainland United States of America; most of the landings Columbus made on his four voyages, including the initial October 12, 1492 landing (the anniversary of which forms the basis of Columbus Day), were on Caribbean islands that are now independent countries.

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

Asshat...

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#22

The Great Wall Of China Is Not Visible From Space Or From The Moon

The Great Wall Of China Is Not Visible From Space Or From The Moon

The Great Wall of China is not, as is claimed, the only human-made object visible from space or from the Moon. None of the Apollo astronauts reported seeing any specific human-made object from the Moon, and even Earth-orbiting astronauts can see it only with magnification. City lights, however, are easily visible on the night side of Earth from orbit.

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Harry Larter
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1 year ago

I knew this one

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#23

Humans Did Not Evolve From Either Of The Living Species Of Chimpanzees

Humans Did Not Evolve From Either Of The Living Species Of Chimpanzees

Humans and chimpanzees did, however, evolve from a common ancestor. The most recent common ancestor of humans and the other living chimpanzees lived between 5 and 8 million years ago.

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

We're distant cousins. And since they fling their own crap, I try to stay as distant as possible.

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#24

The Historical Buddha Was Not Obese

The Historical Buddha Was Not Obese

The "chubby Buddha" or "laughing Buddha" is a 10th-century Chinese folk hero by the name of Budai. In Chinese Buddhist culture, Budai came to be revered as an incarnation of Maitreya, the Bodhisattva who will become a Buddha to restore Buddhism after the teachings of the historical Buddha, Siddhārtha Gautama, have been forgotten.

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glowworm2
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1 year ago

I always thought they were two separate Buddhas.There's the chubby one, and then there's the elegant, sophisticated looking one who's always depicted with extra arms.

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#25

Sugar Does Not Cause Hyperactivity In Children

Sugar Does Not Cause Hyperactivity In Children

Double-blind trials have shown no difference in behavior between children given sugar-full or sugar-free diets, even in studies specifically looking at children with Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder or those considered sensitive to sugar.

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Carson Skjerdal
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1 year ago

I feel like something is missing here, is it not basically stating sugar does not effect children

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#26

The Redhead Gene Is Not Becoming Extinct Due To The Gene For Red Hair Being Recessive, Nor Will The Gene For Blond Hair Disappear

The Redhead Gene Is Not Becoming Extinct Due To The Gene For Red Hair Being Recessive, Nor Will The Gene For Blond Hair Disappear

Although redheads and blonds may become more rare, they will not die out unless everyone who carries those genes (strictly speaking, alleles) dies or fails to reproduce.

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

But redheads are mutants.

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#27

There Was No Widespread Outbreak Of Panic Across The United States In Response To Orson Welles's 1938 Radio Adaptation Of H.g. Wells's The War Of The Worlds

There Was No Widespread Outbreak Of Panic Across The United States In Response To Orson Welles's 1938 Radio Adaptation Of H.g. Wells's The War Of The Worlds

Only a very small share of the radio audience was even listening to it, and isolated reports of scattered incidents and increased call volume to emergency services were played up the next day by newspapers, eager to discredit radio as a competitor for advertising. Both Wells and CBS, which had initially reacted apologetically, later came to realize that the myth benefited them and actively embraced it in later years.

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Full Name
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1 year ago

The intro of the broadcast very specifically states it's not real, and the broadcast isn't in real time so you'd have to be beyond stupid to believe it.

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#28

Hair And Fingernails Do Not Continue To Grow After A Person Dies

Hair And Fingernails Do Not Continue To Grow After A Person Dies

Rather, the skin dries and shrinks away from the bases of hairs and nails, giving the appearance of growth.

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Ryo Bakura
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1 year ago

Keratin is a dead substance. It's why you don't feel pain when cutting your hair/nails, but will feel pain if you pull them out.

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#29

George Washington Did Not Have Wooden Teeth

George Washington Did Not Have Wooden Teeth

His dentures were made of gold, hippopotamus ivory, lead, animal teeth (including horse and donkey teeth), and probably human teeth purchased from slaves.

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Withnail
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1 year ago

Gnarley!

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#30

Vomiting Was Not A Regular Part Of Roman Dining Customs

Vomiting Was Not A Regular Part Of Roman Dining Customs

In ancient Rome, the architectural feature called a vomitorium was the entranceway through which crowds entered and exited a stadium, not a special room used for purging food during meals.

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Alex Harris
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1 year ago

Are there people who think that the vomitorium was a place to vomit? LOL.

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