Prepare to open your eyes for the first time in your life (any Matrix fans out there?), because the guys at Information is Beautiful are taking a Mythbusters role and putting popular facts to the test.

From the little things like fixing the goldfish memory from three seconds to three months, to something that should be in every school book, like that vaccines don't actually cause autism; these fact checks sure have the potential to turn you into a champ on those quiz nights.

But if you're still feeling a little suspicious, head over to the Information is Beautiful website, where every fact is linked to the articles by the scientific community that proves them wrong.

(h/t: demilked)

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LauRa Morgan
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Please let's bump this up higher so more people can see this one!

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AcousticGString
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Oh God! Brace yourself for the holistic soccer mom attack ....

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Yvonne Bernal
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Every time my cat goes by the goldfish, they swim frantically. Luckily this does not happen often. I'd venture to guess that those fish definitely remember the cat!

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Katinka Min
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Love, love, love this one. Ever since I've known this I get a real kick out of old movies or guys dressed as Vikings with a horned helmet. :-D

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blugeagua
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In the words of my psychology teacher in college, of course we all use 100% of our brains. If we only used 10%, we'd be on the floor flapping around with drool coming out of our mouths. So yes, that idea is obviously bullshit.

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Benski Trenkins
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Never heard this one lol. And it's absolutely ridiculous.

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Yvonne Bernal
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

An "impression of warmth" vs. real warmth . . . makes no difference to me - pass the brandy please

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Emilia Kłos
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

There were pictures of pyramids from space here not so much time ago...

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Rachel Brenner-Goldstein
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

As a psychology scholar and traumatic brain injury survivor, I'm going to go ahead and call BS here

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Adam Bryce
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

what about ambidextrous people? any difference in fingering their nails? :-)

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Iapetos
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Fantastic - I didn't know that before.

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Master Markus
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yeah, well, "above sea level" is how most people would measure height, so while it's not technically, specifically correct, it's still the tallest mountain standing on uncovered land.

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Arty
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

"Facts You Always Believed Are Actually Fake"...it should have been stated "In the US". Damn...41%...this explain latest election. Sorry...already on my way!

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Cassandra Bierl
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Umami is actually the deliciousness taste... or however you want to word it. It's the sense of deliciousness

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Hans
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Salty water ought to boild slightly above 100°C...

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David Brannan
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Ah sorry but yr wrong.The latest investigation found a contemporary news article in an archive

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Carolina Santos
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Yes! All those years feeling guilty about my digestive system's walls

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Jared Gricoskie
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Cattle like most non-primate or nocturnal mammals are dichromatic, not colorblind. They see blue, yellow and some green, not red, orange, or purple.

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Arty
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

depend of the height of the object, like for any object on earth, an elephant or a penny. The speed at which an object fall is not dependant of their weight.

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Nora Elisabeth
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Also incorrect. The short of breath thing does not come directly from a full stomach. It cones from the less blood in your muscles as a result of a full stomach. However, this can be trained. As a swimmer you eat and swim all the time.

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Fire Bird
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

actually adding olive oil to pasta prevents it from boiling over.

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Arty
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

some people really believe you can get warts from toads?

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Yugan Talovich
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

They must have been thinking about British football hooligans when they named that one.

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Magpie
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

We humans have this weird thing with statistics. It is like we hallucinate just a bit. We see / believe things that are not quite there.

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Magpie
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

When does my lived experience become data ?

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Dawn Frank
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Like if your bald, baby's are bald and that's why they loose body heat that way

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