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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4 years ago

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

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AcousticGString
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4 years ago

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

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

This may t r i g g e r some people

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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

Thank goodness! They're so cute!

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

Yeah, but they're funnier when they're sleeping

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

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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4 years ago

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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Stefani Manard
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4 years ago

There is a god!!!!

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Master Markus
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4 years ago

I've never heard anyone say this before.

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AcousticGString
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4 years ago

I call BS... we ALL know it was the aliens ;)

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AcousticGString
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4 years ago

*they have POOR vision

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blugeagua
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4 years ago

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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Anna Brandigi
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4 years ago

Who would even believe this...

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Hannah Halpern
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4 years ago

Love the pun

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Benski Trenkins
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4 years ago

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

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Yvonne Bernal
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4 years ago

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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4 years ago

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

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Fire Bird
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4 years ago

Some people have none. They are called senseless.

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Rachel Brenner-Goldstein
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4 years ago

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

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Eglė Liubinaitė
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4 years ago

Salt - fatigue

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Adam Bryce
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4 years ago

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

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Iapetos
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4 years ago

Fantastic - I didn't know that before.

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Master Markus
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4 years ago

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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4 years ago

"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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Alexandru Rosu
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4 years ago

actually it means Save our Souls...not ship..

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Eglė Liubinaitė
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Grade 2 lol

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Pi...
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4 years ago

Well, is that better?

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Cassandra Bierl
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3 years ago

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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4 years ago

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

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David Brannan
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4 years ago

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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4 years ago

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

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Jared Gricoskie
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4 years ago

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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Retsn Charles
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4 years ago

what the heck

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Eglė Liubinaitė
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With dark matter in it

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Fire Bird
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4 years ago

Dang, my trip to south america is cancelled now.

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Hans
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4 years ago

Hm...coffee!

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Arty
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4 years ago

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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4 years ago

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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Jasminka Tanner
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4 years ago

I disagree

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Fire Bird
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4 years ago

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

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Arty
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4 years ago

some people really believe you can get warts from toads?

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Yugan Talovich
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4 years ago

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

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Magpie
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3 years ago

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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3 years ago

When does my lived experience become data ?

Sophie Macken
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4 years ago

Hmmmm.... MSG seems to give me a headache every time ?

Samuel Jay Brown
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3 years ago

Maybe its placebo? I could be wrong but its possible right?

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Deana
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4 years ago

HAHAHA...take that Kim K!

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Dawn Frank
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4 years ago

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

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