Common myths and misconceptions are all around us. We might not even realize we're wrong until we're wrong. And… some facts aren't actually facts! [Dramatic gasp!] Reddit user Threedotsguy wanted to find out what widely known ‘facts' their fellow redditors know are wrong, and the educational thread went viral. Check out which myths got debunked, upvote the ones you didn't know were false, and share what other ‘facts' you know to be balderdash in the comments, dear Pandas.

Once you start going down the ‘how do I know anything for sure' rabbit hole, it's hard to stop. Before you know it, you might even end up as a philosopher with a PhD and a dozen published books about the theory of knowledge. But one thing that we really have to ask ourselves is why people tend to believe far-fetched facts, flimsy myths, and fake news.

Dr. Bobby Hoffman, psychologist and author of 'Hack Your Motivation' and 'Motivation for Learning and Performance,' explained to Bored Panda the effects that social pressure and peer influence have on our beliefs, what biases we as human beings tend to have, and what we can do to change our existing (potentially flawed) conceptions about the world. Read on for our full interview with Dr. Hoffman.

#1

"People with mental illness are NOT, in fact, more likely to be violent than the rest of the population. They're actually slightly less so, but MUCH more likely to be the victims."The public tends to exaggerate the strength of the link between mental illness and violence. What's more, acts of violence by the mentally ill are sensationalized by the media. Research shows that the mentally ill are, in fact, more often victims than perpetrators of violence.

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postboredom
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4 months ago

Make this higher please

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Common-Myths-Debunked That the McDonald's hot coffee lawsuit was absurd and unjustified. That coffee wasn't just hot, it was HOT -- spilling it in her lap, which should've just ruined Stella Liebeck's pants and maybe given her first-degree burns, caused THIRD-degree burns and fused her genitals shut. She needed not only skin grafts but horrifyingly painful, expensive reconstructive surgery.

When Liebeck initially contacted McDonald's, all she asked was that they cover her $20,000 hospital bills. They counter-offered for $800, so she took them to court. Even then, she didn't ask for punitive damages. The jury heard about McD's insulting counter-offer, and the fact that their coffee had seriously burned seven hundred people already (they damn well knew about the danger, they just didn't care), and were so incensed that they added the extra millions on their own.

The only reason people think of that case as an example of sue-happy American culture gone wrong is that McDonald's poured millions into a smear campaign after the fact. If you ask me, it was actually our justice system working exactly as it should.

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shemeowsalot
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4 months ago

oh like that aunt sued the nephew case! It was actually consensual between the family members as it was needed for insurance, but the media blew it up as something it wasnt, the woman lost her job and was marked forever because assholes in the media would do anything for sensationalism (oh hey indian media didnt see you there)

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Common-Myths-Debunked "That humans are the only animals that have self-awareness."The mirror test is often used as a way to see whether or not an animal possesses self-awareness. During the test, researchers place a dot or a mark on a subject and then put the animal in front of a mirror. They then wait and watch to see if the animal investigates the mark.Some animals who have successfully passed this test are dolphins, elephants, chimpanzees, magpies, and others. The newest research indicates that self-awareness and sense of sense are far more widespread in the animal kingdom than previously thought.

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Lilla Bence
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4 months ago

This should be on top - it's extremely important for all humans to know that we are far not the only species having self-awareness.

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Dr. Hoffman said that peer influence and social pressure are instrumental in the beliefs that we hold onto.

"For the most part, social media is a perfect outlet to commiserate with your peer group and gain acceptance for your beliefs, justified or not. Research shows the proclivity for us to participate with higher frequency with those people and outlets that support our belief structures. This phenomenon applies to a range of beliefs including politics, epistemology, and those requiring social proof (e.g., product reviews)."

He stressed that objectively evaluating our belief structures is almost impossible because of confirmation and myside biases.

#4

Common-Myths-Debunked Frankenstein isn't the name of the monster. It's the name of the Doctor who created the monster. But I saw this great comment on a Youtube video - 'knowledge is knowing Frankenstein isn't the monster. wisdom is knowing that Frankenstein is the monster.'

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Something
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4 months ago

Why not both? Shouldn't it take his last name by default?

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#5

Common-Myths-Debunked Goldfish do not really have a memory span of five seconds. They actually remember things for months, recognize their owners, and are able to distinguish them from other people.

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

Mythbusters trained goldfish https://youtu.be/FYibcUYAX4E

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#6

Common-Myths-Debunked That you have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing in the USA. There is no law about waiting, you don’t have to. Push to make the police cooperate and list the person missing immediately when you suspect something isn’t right. Don’t lose precious time; it’s extremely important if the person truly is missing.

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Something
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4 months ago

It would be completely absurd to have such a rule. In a case where there is reason to believe that the person is in trouble, there is no time to lose.

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"Confirmation bias means we seek out confirming evidence while rejecting or discounting evidence that refutes our belief structures. Chinn and Brewer (1993) outlined seven ways we respond to anomalous data that include: (a) ignore the anomalous data, (b) reject the data, (c) exclude the data from the domain of theory A, (d) hold the data in abeyance, (e) reinterpret the data while retaining theory A, (f) reinterpret the data and make peripheral changes to theory A, and (g) accept the data and change theory A, possibly in favor of theory B."

In brief, human beings selectively filter information that supports our intentions. Meanwhile, myside bias is similar to confirmation bias and makes it difficult for us to accept alternatives to our own attitudes and opinions.

"Myside bias operates similarly as we believe that our knowledge, process, and worldviews are superior in quality and accuracy than those views we do not hold. This explains the phenomenon of driving that I often use to operationalize myside bias. The person traveling at a greater speed than you is a 'jerk.' The person driving slower than you is an 'idiot.' Only your speed is the correct speed according to your views. However, what are other people thinking about your driving patterns?"

#7

Common-Myths-Debunked I always see those 'pro tips' that say you should know your blood type in case of an emergency, so the hospital can get you the right type. This is 100% incorrect. We NEVER take the blood type a person says they are. A patient remembering incorrectly = a dead patient, and the hospital gets sued. We ALWAYS perform a blood test first. The only exception is in a true emergency, and then we only give O negative blood.

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DforDorothy
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4 months ago

I have 0negative, which sucks for me,but at least I can help literally anyone...but it still sucks for me. 😅

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#8

Common-Myths-Debunked That medieval/ancient people only lived to be ~32 years old, and at that age, they were considered ancient. That estimate is an average, which means it accounts for high infant/child mortality. Lots of ancient people lived to their 80s and older. If you made it to 30, chances were good you would make it another 30+ years.
The belief that people from the past would be shocked to see somebody that's 60 or 70 years old is false. Average life expectancy isn't the same as maximum lifespan. While the average has greatly increased over the years because of advances in technology and better nutrition, the maximum has pretty much remained stable throughout.

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Monday
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4 months ago

Average lifespan was brought down by high child mortality, usually from illness. If you made it to adulthood and weren't drafted into the war and didn't die in childbirth you had a decent chance of making it to old age.

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#9

Common-Myths-Debunked That 'if you touch a baby bird, the parents will abandon/kill it.' In reality, most birds don't do that. If you help a baby bird back into its nest, as long as you try not to touch the nest a lot, then everything should be fine.
Papa and Mama birds don't recognize their young by their smell, explains All About Birds. So don't be afraid to put the tiny bird back in its nest. However, if the nest is destroyed, you can make a new one, put the chick inside, and wait to see if the parents come back. If they don't come back and you're absolutely sure that the chick would be alone, it's best to bring it to a wildlife rehabilitator.

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Pamela24
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4 months ago

It does happen with mammals, though. So be careful there and let the fawn sleep.

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Dr. Hoffman suggests that in order to change our current conceptions about the world, we have to have compelling reasons to change. "Without a reason, we continue to harbor beliefs that may not be justified. In other words, for most issues there is no need for belief revision, especially when the warped beliefs endure us to our peer group."

The American Psychological Association states that fake news spreads more quickly than real news and reaches more people than the truth.

“Fake news has important implications in politics, but also in areas such as health and nutrition, climate science, and financial information,” MIT professor David Rand pointed out the dangers of believing unreliable information.

#10

Common-Myths-Debunked That you should rinse with water as soon as you finish brushing your teeth ! My dentist told me that you actually should only spit out the raw excess once you are done brushing, but keep the rest inside to let time for the toothpaste to have its effect. Also, don't drink nor eat anything for 30 mins after you are done brushing ; Also, flossing should be done BEFORE brushing

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Saico Hipe
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4 months ago

There's no way I could deal with this. I despise both the taste and feel of toothpaste in my mouth.

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#11

Common-Myths-Debunked ‘NASA spent $$$$ inventing a pen that worked in space and the Russians used pencils.’

Total bollocks.

The Fisher Pen Company was independent and developed its ‘space pen’ with zero investment from NASA.

American astronauts began using mechanical pencils in space. Tiny fragments of graphite, and graphite dust floating around the spacecraft was not ideal because graphite is conductive. It’s also combustible, so everyone was keen to find an alternative.

Fisher patented its first ‘zero gravity’ pen in 1965, and in 1967 NASA began using it. By 1969 Russia were also buying them for their space missions.

Reportedly both NASA and The Soviet Space Company received the same discount for their bulk purchases.

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Grumble O'Pug
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4 months ago

This was featured in the movie 3 Idiots (Aamir Khan movie)

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#12

Common-Myths-Debunked Only old people die from COVID-19.
While most victims of the coronavirus tend to be older, everyone can fall prey to the disease, no matter their age. According to the CDC, 40 to 49-year-olds have a 10 times bigger death rate than the 18 to 29-year-old comparison group. The most vulnerable group is everyone over the age of 85: they are 630 times more likely to die from the virus and 13 times more likely to be hospitalized than the comparison group. Meanwhile, children up to 4 years of age are 4 times less likely to be hospitalized and 9 times less likely to die from Covid-19 than 18 to 29-year-olds.

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ImaDerp
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4 months ago

Just ONE part of Trump’s bullshit

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Rand proposes that the reason people might believe false facts has less to do with our internal biases and more with the way we think. Or rather don't think. According to him, people who tend to believe false information are actually individuals who don't think carefully. Or, in other words, we get duped by falsehoods because we rely on ‘lazy' thinking and make assumptions we don't even know are assumptions.

There is such a vast amount of information flooding our day to day lives that it's a chore to separate fact from fiction. While the internet might be a blessing, it's also a curse because what's popular on Google or social media might not be the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth. 

However, there is a way around this issue. BBC Future writes that randomly exposing people to a whole range of views keeps challenging their beliefs and helps them create a much more detailed understanding of events. One that's much closer to the truth. And further away from myth.

#13

Common-Myths-Debunked That claim that we only use 10% of our brains.
Neurologist John Henley at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota explains that evidence has shown that over the course of a day, you use 100 percent of the brain. He says that areas like the frontal cortex (responsible for self-awareness) or the somatosensory areas (which help us sense our surroundings) are active even while we're asleep.

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Pamela24
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4 months ago

It may be untrue but sometimes it sure as hell feels like it.

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Common-Myths-Debunked Schizophrenia has nothing to do with a split personality.
The misconception comes from the fact that the word "schizo" means "split." However, this is in reference to Eugen Bleuler describing the rupture in the person's thinking process and emotional response when he coined the term in the 1920s. Thus, schizophrenia is not the same as multiple personality disorder aka dissociative identity disorder (DID). While some schizophrenia patients do exhibit symptoms of DID, most do not.

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

Schizophrenia is a serious mental disorder in which people interpret reality abnormally. Schizophrenia may result in some combination of hallucinations, delusions, and extremely disordered thinking and behavior that impairs daily functioning, and can be disabling.

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Common-Myths-Debunked Gladiators did not kill each other the sport was much more civil and it even had a referee.
Gladiators could become major stars of the Roman world and they were expensive to prepare and maintain. So having them constantly kill each other off would have been a horrible business (not to mention ethical) decision. Sometimes, sponsors would pay extra for a fight to the death, however, most often, gladiators fought until they ran out of stamina or were wounded. Dangerous? Yes! Deadly? Rarer than you'd think.

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

*I LOVE HISTORY.com* Hollywood portrays Roman gladiatorial contests as brutal, unruly duels that ended when one of the combatants killed the other. But in reality, gladiators didn’t always fight to the death. These ancient Roman athletes were highly trained professionals who made their living fighting, not dying. And since gladiators were expensive to prepare and maintain, killing off mass numbers of them would have been a bad business decision for the lanistae who owned and trained them. Occasionally, sponsors would pay extra to stage a fight to the death, compensating the lanista for any lost gladiators. But more commonly, gladiatorial bouts simply had to have a decisive outcome, meaning that one of the contestants was wounded or his endurance gave out.

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#16

That you have to put something in the mouth of a seizing person so they don't swallow their own tongue. DO NOT DO THIS. EVER.
The CDC explains that you shouldn't put anything in the person's mouth because this can injure their teeth or jaw. You should also not hold the person down or try to stop their movements; don't give them mouth-to-mouth breaths, and don't give the person any food or water until they are fully alert.
What you can do is ease a person having a seizure on the floor, turn them onto one side to help them breathe, put something soft under their head, and remove their glasses if they're wearing any.

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

YOU CANNOT Swallow your own tongue... YOU CAN swallow the item some idiot put in your mouth, and choke to death..

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#17

Common-Myths-Debunked People didn’t think the Earth was flat 500 years ago. It was theorized to be round in the 5th century BC. The Americas were just not known yet (except to Indigenous Americans) and it was believed that there was a vast ocean between Europe and Asia. People believed Colombus’ voyage would fail because he would exhaust his food and supplies before crossing it.

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Aaron W
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4 months ago

So some of us haven't just regressed 500 years, they have regressed 2,500 years.

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#18

Common-Myths-Debunked The spainish flu wasn't actually from spain, it's just that at the time of it happening all around the globe spain was the first to report that the flu was passing around.

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urszulat
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4 months ago

I thought it originated in Kansas.

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Common-Myths-Debunked We're also not "descended" from chimps or gorillas or other living great apes. Instead, we share a common ancestor. Or, to put it another way, we are distant cousins to the other extant great apes, not great great great x5000 grandkids.
Humans are most closely related to lesser apes like gibbons and great apes like chimpanzees, gorillas, and orangutans. These hominoids (aka gibbons, great apes, and humans) emerged and diversified during the Miocene epoch, around 23 to 5 million years ago. According to scientists, the last common ancestor that humans and chimps had lived around 6 to 7 million years ago.

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R L
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4 months ago

We are one branch of a very large tree.

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#20

Common-Myths-Debunked Slaves built the pyramids.

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postboredom
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4 months ago

gosh darn it! what about the aliens ? ;p

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#21

Common-Myths-Debunked The British have worse teeth than Americans. Brits have fewer missing teeth on average, and the DMFT index is 0.8 for Brits but higher at 1.2 for the United States. There are cultural differences, with natural teeth colour being considered natural in the UK, but unnatural in the USA where flourescent white is considered correct.

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

HUMANS are the only ANIMAL that assume BRILLIANT white teeth are needed..

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Common-Myths-Debunked That you have to buy new razor blades every week or 2. Razors dont dull because use, they dull because they rust, if you thoroughly dry them or oil them they can last for almost a year and still work just fine. This is coming from a bald guy who shaves his head every other day.

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MrTree1779
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4 months ago

On a microscopic level, the cutting of the individual hairs dulls the blade. And for disposable blades, there's no way around it. --- https://www.npr.org/2020/08/06/898577234/cutting-edge-research-shows-how-hair-dulls-razor-blades

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#23

Common-Myths-Debunked That the Great Wall of China can be seen from space.
According to NASA, you can't see the Great Wall of China from space without any visual aids. "It certainly isn't visible from the Moon," NASA writes. The theory that you could see the wall from space was shaken when Chinese astronaut Yang Liwei admitted he couldn't see the structure.

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Troux
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4 months ago

If this were true, then every road would be visible, as well.

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#24

Common-Myths-Debunked That if you have a cold, you should get lots of Vitamin C. This is completely down to one scientist named Linus Pauling who had a theory that massive doses of Vitamin C would cure colds. Subsequent studies have shown he was wrong and any benefits are minimal at best. Yet I still get everyone telling me to drink orange juice whenever I get a sniffle.
However, Harvard Health Publishing states that taking at least 200 mg of vitamin C each day seemed to reduce the duration of cold symptoms by around 8 percent in adults and 14 percent in kids. Or, in other words, around one less day of being ill. While it doesn't seem like a lot, it could have a huge effect nationwide or worldwide.

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shemeowsalot
Community Member
4 months ago

This is like that one dude who had a theory that vaccines can cause autism with no evidence whatsoever. Scientists have time and again debunked this stupid myth but the damage's done. If stupidity had a vaccine, it wouldnt work cause anti vaxxers wont take it.

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#25

Common-Myths-Debunked The idea that chloroform quickly knocks you out. In the real world, it takes several minutes to knock you out, not the seconds you see in TV and movies.
How quickly you're knocked out depends on your bodyweight, air circulation, the strength of the solution, etc. You'll stay knocked out by the chloroform for as long as you're breathing it. Once it's removed, however, recovering from the effects can take roughly 20 to 30 minutes during which you will feel nauseous and might even vomit. Headaches can last hours.

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Olivia Agave
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4 months ago

And is also a controlled substance. People have heard of it through pop culture and often ask why they can't just buy it. That stuff can kill people.

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Common-Myths-Debunked That if you swallow gum, it stays in your stomach for seven years. Not true. Your body processes it, and you poop it out just like anything else.
It can take up to 7 days for the body to pass through your system. However, swallowing gum still isn't a good idea because it can cause constipation, gas, abdominal pain, diarrhea, and even mouth ulcers.

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Shelp
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4 months ago

A lot of factoids work with the number 7. Be always cautious when you see a fact that implies something being sevenfolds

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#27

Common-Myths-Debunked That Einstein failed math/was otherwise a poor student.

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Dave P
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4 months ago

This is because Germany used a 1-5 GPA scale with a 1 being the highest and a 5 being the lowest, Journalists from America heart he barely had over a 1 GPA and without understanding Germany's GPA system, assumed it was the same as ours

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Common-Myths-Debunked Napoleon wasn't small. He was just the victim of good propaganda by the eventual winners.
Napoleon was most likely around average height: 1.69 meters or just over 5’5”. The myth that Napoleon was short comes from two sources. First of all, the French inch (pouce) at the time was 2.7 centimeters while the Imperial inch was just 2.54 centimeters. So using the French measurement system of the time, Napoleon was 5’2” (aka '5 pieds 2 pouces') tall which is equal to the 'normal' 5’5”. Secondly, British cartoonist James Gillray was very much responsible for depicting Napoleon as being tiny leader prone to rage and the image stuck in the public's mind.

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
4 months ago

FACT: Napoleon Bonaparte was 1.68m or 5.5ft, he wasn't a large man, but he wasn't as small as Hollywood portrays him in most movies. FACT: James Madison is notorious for being the shortest president in history and stood just 5 feet 4 inches tall. The so-called “Father of the Constitution” wasn’t just short, he was also thin, weighing just over 100 pounds.

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#29

That Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs) are somehow bad or dangerous

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Something
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4 months ago

GMOs are not dangerous, but the corporations that produce them are.

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#30

The blue part of the eraser can erase pen ink.

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Mangoes'nRum
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4 months ago

Have you tried it? No. It does not 'erase' ball point pen ink. It erodes the paper surface.

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#31

The customer is always right

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Dave In MD
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4 months ago

That is disproved in my store every damn day.

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#32

Everything you know about Attila the Hun.

Attila the Hun was actually a super honorable, extremely well educated guy who spoke multiple languages, was said to be a child genius who excelled at war strategies, and as a leader always put his people first. He was known to go without status symbols and such because he believed that as a leader every one of his people should have them first, because it was his job to take care of them. He also spent a lot of his formative years in Rome in a sort of prince exchange created to make sure everyone got along. When the Roman Empire was falling, the Pope himself came to him and begged him to leave them alone. The Pope said that the empire would fall if he didn't. Attila wasn't Christian, and was definitely winning the war with way less men and resources because he was so intelligent. Even still he felt badly for them and recognized how big a deal it was for the Romans to send the Pope, so he agreed to end the war. He could have easily killed the Pope and continued to destroy the Roman Empire, but he was far too honorable and kind hearted.

But we only hear the Roman Propaganda...

Attila is and will always be one of the most amazing leaders in history!

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TheHolyFatherOfToast
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4 months ago

Most of history is written by the victors and whoever had the bigger voice

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#33

Punishing your kids will make them respect you

Fear and respect are 2 VERY different things

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Alan Green
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4 months ago

Not sure this person knows what punishment means? Many ways to punish someone without inducing fear.

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#34

tourette syndorme isn't always exclusively swearing uncontrollably, it represents a wide range of ticks, both verbal, nob-verbal and physical. Every case is different.

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Monday
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4 months ago

Some do have the swearing tick, but it's vary rare. It's usually a motor tick or lip smacking.

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#35

You should drink 8 glasses of water a day.

The origin of this is not agreed upon but a lot of this liquid can come from what’s already in food. It also depends on physical activity, heat, body size, etc. There is no perfect amount. If you’re thirsty, drink water until you’re not thirsty anymore. That’s it.

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
4 months ago

8 Glasses of water a day.. Yeah good luck with that... 8 cups of coffee before 9 am Hell yeah..

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#36

Common-Myths-Debunked That you swallow eight spiders a year in your sleep.

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postboredom
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4 months ago (edited)

One thing is true that their webs are amazing! The web in the picture is glistening right in front of my eyes!

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#37

That working 8+ hours a day, 5 days a week with 2 weeks yearly vacation is normal.

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ADHORTATOR
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4 months ago

American problems...

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#38

Common-Myths-Debunked Camels don't carry water in their humps. They contain fat as an emergency food supply.

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

I AM NOT FAT: I am carrying an Emergency Food Supply..

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#39

Common-Myths-Debunked That carrots help with your eyesight. It was propaganda by the Allies in WWII to hide the fact that they had radar.

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Foxxy (The Original)
Community Member
4 months ago

Yes and No. Carrots can improve you eye health and helps maintain good eyesight due to the vitamins and minerals, particularly Beta-carotene in which our bodies then make Vitamin A. Whilst carrots won’t give you night vision, it can help in conditions of low light and general good eye health. It is estimated that every year 250,000-500,000 children become blind due to a vitamin A deficiency.

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#40

Thomas Edison did not actually invent the lightbulb.

He just made a version that was inexpensive and more practical.

The original lightbulb was made using the contributions of many inventors such as Alessandro Volta, Humphrey Davy, Warren De La Rue and Joseph Swan.

The main reason why Edison’s version was so successful was because he was already known and he owned a large company.

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Sean Baxter
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4 months ago

The more I hear about Edison the less and less I like him.

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#41

Common-Myths-Debunked That women get much less infertile after 35.

This was based off a study in the 1700s and doctors have been agreeing with it since. To clarify, they do become twice as likely to to become infertile but it changes from being 0.5% to 1% unlikely.

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Romenriel
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4 months ago

But the possibility of having disabled child rises a lot. Not like disabled is bad, but this types of disability can result in malformations and stillborn babies.

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#42

Common-Myths-Debunked The idea that there are 'left-brained' and 'right-brained' people who are either more artistic or more numbers-based. So inaccurate.

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Monday
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4 months ago

There has been some evidence that left-handed people recover better/faster from brain injuries or strokes than their right-handed counterparts though. It's still pretty inconclusive but it's an interesting study to follow.

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#43

Common-Myths-Debunked That cracking your knuckles too often will cause arthritis.

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Krazy Kanuck
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4 months ago

Your joints can make a variety of sounds: popping, cracking, grinding, and snapping. The joints that “crack” are the knuckles, knees, ankles, back, and neck. There are different reasons why these joints “sound off”. Escaping gases: Scientists explain that synovial fluid present in your joints acts as a lubricant. The fluid contains the gases oxygen, nitrogen, and carbon dioxide. When you pop or crack a joint, you stretch the joint capsule. Gas is rapidly released, which forms bubbles. In order to crack the same knuckle again, you have to wait until the gases return to the synovial fluid. Movement of joints, tendons and ligaments: When a joint moves, the tendon’s position changes and moves slightly out of place. You may hear a snapping sound as the tendon returns to its original position. In addition, your ligaments may tighten as you move your joints. This commonly occurs in your knee or ankle, and can make a cracking sound.

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#44

That the human body only has five senses. [In reality, there are way more.]

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JK Rowling
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4 months ago

21, or so, I think. Sense of temperature, sense of balance, etc. It's just that the five main ones are only taught

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#45

Common-Myths-Debunked That hair and nails continue to grow after you die.

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Pamela24
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Yeah. Your skin "shrinks" which makes it look like your hair has technically grown a bit. For more true death facts, follow "Ask a Mortician" on Youtube (genuinely one of my favourite ones ever).

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#46

Sugar does not make you hyper. There is no such thing as a "sugar high." Kids going bonkers after having a big slice of cake can be explained very easily: They're in a situation where they're already excited (like a birthday party), they're overjoyed because they just got to eat a big slice of cake, and/or you've told them they'll go crazy if they eat all that cake and now it's just a self-fulfilling prophecy.

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Janine B.
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4 months ago

It doesn't make them hyper. But it surely gives everyone an extra boost of energy.

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#47

That different parts of your tongue taste different things, such as sour, sweet, and bitter.

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postboredom
Community Member
4 months ago

My school LIED to me....gotta go see google now

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#48

Organic agriculture is good for the environment.....

.....it is in fact just as bad, and sometimes worse than conventional farming.

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Orillion
Community Member
4 months ago

Or that GMO is dangerous. We've kinda been doing it for millenia with selective breeding. But now that scientists are using quicker and more specific methods, it's suddenly going to kill us all?

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#49

Killers whales are whales.

They are actually dolphins!

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JK Rowling
Community Member
4 months ago

And so many people can't tell the difference between a dolphin and a porpoise for some reason! Or maybe that's just my dolphin-obsessed third-grade phase talking

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#50

The myth that glass is actually an extremely viscous, slow-flowing liquid, and that's why old windows are thicker on the bottom. No, it isn't. It's very clearly a solid. It's a disordered, non-crystalline solid, but still solid. Old windows are thicker on the bottom because they were designed that way.

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R L
Community Member
4 months ago

The thicker piece was placed at the bottom for stability, since the pieces were not absolutely flat after the glass was spun and then cut into sheets.

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#51

Schrodinger's Cat means the exact opposite of the common knowledge / pop culture understanding.

He was not saying the was both alive and dead. He was trying to assert that superposition (in quantum theory) was absurd by creating an absurd conclusion: that because we cannot see the cat, it is therefore both alive and dead.

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Bill
Community Member
4 months ago

ThI s is simplified to the point it is incorrect.

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#52

Common-Myths-Debunked That Hitler was vegetarian. He wasn't, it was propaganda spread to make him seem a more compassionate person.

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Dave P
Community Member
4 months ago

Actually this is false, including his own person doctors and personal secretary after the war akk testified he did not eat meat, no one ever saw Hitler eat meat after 1925 and at Nazi dinner parties he only ate vegetarian foods. I dont know where this person gets this fake claim, but he was most definitely, according to every primary source, a vegetarian.

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#53

Astronomer here! People always say Jupiter protects us from getting hit by asteroids because its larger gravitational pull attracts them (I believe it was on a certain popular astronomy show). In fact, this does not appear to be the case. See, while Jupiter does indeed interact with more things, it is both good and bad- some things hit Jupiter or get flung away, some things get flung directly at Earth that otherwise wouldn’t. Most famously, in 1770 Lexell’s comet passed closer to Earth than any other comet ever observed, missing us by just 6 Earth-moon widths. Turns out Jupiter flung it straight at us right before that. So yeah we almost died thanks to Jupiter, and good and bad comes from having it as a neighbor.

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Scagsy
Community Member
4 months ago

Thanks for nothing Jupiter

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#54

Dogs have clean mouths. False! They have bacteria just like everyone else.

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 months ago

Considering they will eat pretty much anything proves that. Their mouths are like sewers.

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#55

Bananas actually do not grow on trees.

Instead, they are an herb that grows on 'bushes' which, due to their appearance, are often mistaken for trees. Neat, huh?

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MrTree1779
Community Member
4 months ago

Also, bananas are technically berries (single ovary containing multiple seeds inside). So are tomatoes and watermelons. Strawberries, blackberries, and raspberries, however, are not berries. --- Humans eat "seedless" bananas.

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#56

That daddy long-legs are the most venomous spider in the world — they just can't bite you.

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
4 months ago

Opilionids true daddy longlegs live in moist, dark places and eat mostly decomposing vegetable and animal matter. "They do not have venom glands, fangs or any other mechanism for chemically subduing their food," the UC entomologists write on their website. "Therefore, they do not have poison and, by the powers of logic, cannot be poisonous from venom. Some have defensive secretions that might be poisonous to small animals if ingested. So, for these daddy longlegs, the tale is clearly false."

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#57

Cutting your hair makes it grow faster.

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Dippin Dot
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4 months ago

Cutting your hair removes the brittle ends, which make your hair less-susceptible to breakage, thus being able to grow it longer without it snapping off first.

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#58

The space shuttle Challenger didn't actually explode. It broke apart. The crew cabin was intact until it hit the water just over two minutes later.

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tuzdayschild
Community Member
4 months ago

I was watching it live and it looked like an explosion. I remember saying to the people around me, "that doesn't look right." Kind of in shock I guess.

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#59

It's not 'Luke, I am your father,' but 'No, I am your father.'

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JK Rowling
Community Member
4 months ago

This is actually a phenomenon called the Mandela effect, where large groups of people remember things differently then others. Another example of this is the Berenstain Bears, who most people recall as the Berenstein Bears

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#60

Eating too many chocolates gives you diabetes.

No sugar consumption will not directly cause diabetes. Type 1 diabetes is caused due to you own immune cells destroying your insulin producing cells in pancreas. Type 2 is due to resistance of your cell to insulin. If your diet is not balanced (you only eat high calorie sugary foods), you don't exercise and you end up getting obese you risk getting diabetes.

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postboredom
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4 months ago

MooOom, see this post!!

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#61

Your head does not lose more heat than the rest of your body. It’s about the same.

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Something
Community Member
4 months ago

I think this was based on a study in which people were wearing coats.

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#62

Hitler was happy about pearl harbor!

Pepsi never had the 9th largest military

The US is by far not the freest or most democratic nation

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Hume
Community Member
4 months ago

Hitler was not happy or unhappy over it. He was indifferent. On one side this now brings another nation into the war. However, he preferred to see the positives of this. Since he was the one who quickly jumped to declare war on the USA, and his alliance with Japan did not dictate that he had to do that. He saw a positive and a opportunity in it. Positive for him was, now he can attack American shipping unrestricted, which has up until that point kept the UK in the war. Opportunity he saw was in declaring war on the USA he shows good will to Japan, because he really wanted Japan to declare war on Russia too. Something they never did.

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#63

That semen gets stored in your balls. Thats wrong, its produced there. It gets stored outside your balls, in your epididymis, wich is right next and partly on your actual balls.

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Steve Barnett
Community Member
4 months ago

What a load of bollocks. (Sorry, I couldn't resist it. It was just there begging me to type it)

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#64

Bulls are not enraged by the colour red.

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postboredom
Community Member
4 months ago

They are more enraged by the vigorous shaking of the cloth ( they are colourblind, in fact) most people know this by now (i think)

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#65

"Eat your vitamin supplements they keep you healthy" Your body actually removes a lot of the vitamins in those supplements through urine

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Tim Stoneman
Community Member
4 months ago

Utter rubbish. SOME vitamins are water-soluble, and you pee out EXCESS of those if you take too much. Does NOT mean vitamins don't work (and since our soils are so depleted everyone should be supplementing vitamins, and especially minerals, daily)

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#66

When you have a nose bleed you should put your head forward, not backwards, otherwise the blood runs down your throat and can choke you

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Yeah, you heard
Community Member
4 months ago

People SHOULD out their heads forwards. This makes it sound like you're saying everyone wrongly thinks you should put it forwards.

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#67

You shouldn't piss yourself when a stingray stings you, that only makes the pain worse.

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Scagsy
Community Member
4 months ago

And giggling doesn't help either

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#68

Transatlantic Slavery did NOT start in 1619!!! It started at LEAST as early as 1527. In 1527 the Narvaez expedition from Spain left for the Gulf of Mexico. A hurricane (or bad storm) later all but 3 sailors and a slave were either killed or separated. One of the sailors survived, made it back to Spanish settlements, and wrote a letter to the King detailing this (including the adventures of the enslaved man Esteban).

There's also speculation that Columbus had African slaves with him in 1492 but placing it in the 1600s misses a LOT of important historical events that impacted the trajectory of the world.

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Leah Helbig
Community Member
4 months ago

Slave trade also African slave trade has existed since the dawn of man. Still going on today in all parts of the globe just hidden better.

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#69

That pencils were once lead. They were always graphite.

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Tiny Dynamine
Community Member
4 months ago

It's weird one. Lead is a very hard metal and wouldn't break off in minute particles on the paper. It would just cut through it. I don't know why this myth ever started.

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#70

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. Oh my God aarrgghhhhhhh!

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kasa alex
Community Member
4 months ago

Its important to me.

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#71

That you should let small wounds air in order to heal faster.

Keep the bandaid on there and save yourself the bacterial infection

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
4 months ago

I had a minor cut on my leg, and I left it open with the thought of a covered wound would heal better. THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU GET A BACTERIAL INFECTION.. 20160824_0...c0a2c8.jpg 20160824_0807312-5f5f39dc0a2c8.jpg

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#72

That two blue eye people can’t have a brown eyed kid. They can. But it comes down to recessive blue Gene. Too complicated to go into it. But seeing the charts that are like 1+1 brown will make a 50/50 chance of blue or brown eye baby. 2 blues will only make a blue or a green etc. it ain’t true

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
4 months ago

both my parents had blue eyes, BUT I have green, my brother has brown, and my sisters are blue.

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#73

Despite what you think, the majority of theft... isn't treated as illegal. See, wage theft, where your company steals from you, is so common it adds up to being more than other forms of theft/ robbery combined in the United states per year.

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Olivia Agave
Community Member
4 months ago

If you have evidence of wage theft then report it. You will discover that it is treated as very very illegal, because it is very very illegal, and lawyers will jump at a chance for a wage theft suit.

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#74

If you eat food you don’t have to wait 15 to 30 minutes before you go swimming

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Rob Seymour
Community Member
4 months ago

This was made up to keep people from eating while in the pool.

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#75

You don’t really have an allergy to monosodium glutamate

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EA
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Yeah the MSG debacle has been proven to be false. It doesn’t cause fatigue and is harmless in small quantities, like most food (too much of any one thing could be bad we all know that) but we should still want less processed food.

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#76

A duck's quack doesn't echo

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postboredom
Community Member
4 months ago

??? Why would a ducks quack be so unique, that it cant echo? Its a sound. Sounds echo. Its just that the quacks cant be differentiated easily from the echo itself

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#77

Mister Rogers was a sniper in Vietnam

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Monday
Community Member
4 months ago

Mister Rogers was a wholesome person and no supposed scandal has ever stood up to scrutiny.

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#78

Serotonin is not the "happy chemical"

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JK Rowling
Community Member
4 months ago

:angry dopamine noises:

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#79

Adding oil to pasta in water doesn't help it not stick to the pan. It just prevents water from boiling over.

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DC
Community Member
4 months ago

Not even that, it just lowers the oil you still have - and does exactly nothing else.

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#80

If you split earth worms in half both halfs will still be alive

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ImaDerp
Community Member
4 months ago

Who thinks this seriously

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#81

Dinosaurs and early humans co-existed. The truth is that they missed each other by over 60 million years.

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Yeah, you heard
Community Member
4 months ago

No one thinks this BS

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#82

Sugarcane grows faster on sand

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JK Rowling
Community Member
4 months ago

Minecraft...

#83

Fish don't feel pain, but plants do.

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ImaDerp
Community Member
4 months ago

Whoever thinks that this is true is stupid

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#84

Blunderbusses have a flared muzzle to spread the shot. The truth is that it only acts as a funnel to make loading easier.

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TheHolyFatherOfToast
Community Member
4 months ago

Sea of Thieves

#85

That eating foods high in antioxidants will improve your health. Not true.

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Bill
Community Member
4 months ago (edited)

Plants crave Brondo

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#86

that WW1 wasn't called WW1 before WW2

there are many "what is wrong with this sentence?" riddles about a sentence before WW2 calling WW1 WW1, which is supposed to be wrong since at that time it was widely called "the great war" and not WW1. however THERE WERE a few articles from that time that called the war WW1, as a prediction that this is just the start and other wars like this are on their way. it wasn't very common but there are evidences for it.

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Dave In MD
Community Member
4 months ago

Have to see the proof of this. They called it "The Great War" and "The War to End all Wars". Not really conducive to thinking it was just the first in a series.

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#87

Common-Myths-Debunked That milk "does a body good". Most ppl are lactose intolerant esp African Americans. Milk has always been highly inflammatory to me even as a child.

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Yeah, you heard
Community Member
4 months ago

Pretty sure milk contains calcium, riboflavin, B12, potassium and iodine. These are kinda useful for the body.

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#88

How about if you sit too close to the TV you will go blind., or for that matter if you jack off to much you will go blind.; wait,, I think it was if you jack off too much you will grow hair on your palms.

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Bill
Community Member
4 months ago

If that were true Seeing eye dogs would be around more

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#89

That you need to eat animals to live

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Krazy Kanuck
Community Member
4 months ago

Pigs eat grass, grass is a plant, there for BACON is a vegetable.. (leave me alone with my idiot logic)

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#90

Homework is complete bulls**t and it's killing our brains. Just take a look at Finland's education system. The students there go to school for what? 3 or 4 hours a day, rarely have homework, and they have one of the best education systems.

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Satu Jaakkola
Community Member
4 months ago

That's not even remotely true. We can have 8 hour school days starting from age 12 or so, and homework is a must. Sure it varies by teacher, but most of them value it.

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