When you're a kid, you don't have every answer in the world. OK, nobody has, but the little ones are especially oblivious to the stuff that's happening around them. So they "invent" explanations. Like, the reason ostriches bury their head in the sand is because they're afraid. Or a goldfish's memory lasts only 3 seconds. Yes, these "facts" are perfect examples of how rich a child's imagination is but they're also incorrect. So, in order to educate his followers, TikTok user Mndiaye_97 has released a series of videos where he exposes all the animal myths we believe as kids. Thanks to the guy's charisma, the videos came out just as entertaining as they're educational. But before you continue, I have a warning: YOUR LIFE WAS A LIE. Happy scrolling!

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Becky Samuel
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5 months ago

Dogs that are poorly socialised as puppies can be remarkably and sometimes violently racist. It used to be common practice in South Africa to train protection dogs to hate and fear black people, and it's depressingly easy to do.

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Manuel Delgado
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5 months ago

Bullfighting is terribly brutal and has no reason to exist IMO. That said, they don't torture the bulls to be more agressive, but to placate them so they charge while lowering the head .

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CLG
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5 months ago

Still useful as a metaphor though!

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Interestingly, Milan Kubiatko of J. E. Purkyne University, Faculty of Science, and Pavol Prokop of Comenius University in Bratislava have analyzed this subject on an academic level. In 2007, they published a paper, called "Pupils' misconceptions about mammals" and presented quite a few intriguing findings.

Focusing on children aged 10 to 15, they developed a questionnaire with 35 multiple choice and open-ended questions. The researchers then handed out these questionnaires to 468 children from 6 elementary schools in Slovakia, Europe.

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IFXO
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5 months ago

I've definitely heard this. and believed this....

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ume reid
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5 months ago

and dogs and birds are lactose intolerant too.

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They don't. Even if they did, we wouldn't know because there isn't a machine big enough to scan their brains. We've killed thousands of them and after years of generational trauma they really don't see us as cute.

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Fred L.
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5 months ago

So they don´t, but we wouldn´t know so we don´t know they don´t which means maybe they do.

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"The children's ideas were examined in five dimensions (animal classification and phylogeny; food; foraging strategies; parental care; senses, morphology, and anatomy)," Kubiatko and Prokop wrote, adding that they found "serious misconceptions" about mammals across all age groups.

For example, the majority of the children incorrectly thought that dinosaurs were closely related to mammoths (51%) and whales (8%) rather than birds (41%). And only 47.4% of the children surveyed knew that lions usually hunt in groups.

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IFXO
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5 months ago

this is a joke right? my whole childhood...

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Lions often yawn to show irritation, so this isn't a father building confidence, it's just Mufasa about to backhand the lights out of Simba.

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Scagsy
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5 months ago

Aw, it's a shame that's debunked, that was a cute one.

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They just have very bad eyesight and frantic movements scare them.

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ume reid
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5 months ago

it just good to use in cartoons..

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Also, the children had great misconceptions about the contents of the camel's hump. Nearly 80% said it's where the animal stores water and only 20% of the children answered correctly—the hump contains fat. 

However, most of the children (91.8%) knew that whales did not lay eggs and that the function of the kangaroo's pouch is carrying young (95%). They got plenty of other questions right as well.

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They aren't. They use their tongues as toilet paper.

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Scagsy
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5 months ago

Nothing will put me off getting kisses from a doggo!

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They can actually remember up to five months and can be taught to remember human faces.

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Rai Grant
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5 months ago

Monty Python have a lot to answer for, poor goldfish...

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It doesn't work, it can actually cause the sting to release more venom.

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ume reid
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5 months ago

well i'm glad thats not true

IFXO
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5 months ago

same

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

I can attest to this, pee does not help AT ALL. (thanks Friends lol). Better to use warm water or vinegar.

Dilly Millandry
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5 months ago

Fresh half of a tomato works, rub repeatedly over the area. We were told to use them in one country and it worked. I was stung twice in one week.

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Michelle C
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5 months ago

Darnnit...what excuse am I gonna use now to pee on people!?!

Requiem
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5 months ago

Jelly fish just enjoy seeing golden showers and caused this myth to circulate so they could cause more pain and their fetish

Aksa
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5 months ago

I remembered one episode of Friends with Jellyfish, Monica, Joe and Chandler

Sergio Bicerra
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5 months ago

Yeah, Chandler did it!

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Ray Heap
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5 months ago (edited)

Picture is of a mauve stinger, nasty jelly, really nasty jelly. The only result of peeing on a jelly sting is a lawsuit for showing your penis on a beach. Don´t ask me how I know.

Leo Domitrix
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5 months ago

NO! Vinegar! Please! ACK!

Ellen Ranks
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5 months ago

Vinegar helps a lot. SPeaking from experience.

Emilie Ruiz
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5 months ago

Vinegar though...

Candace Alagappan
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4 months ago

This happened to my sister when she was 17, she peed on it. Now she's 21 and still hasn't died. Maybe she's immortal.

pinkk-sugar
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5 months ago

I had a pregnant lady offer to pee on my foot after I stepped on an urchin, luckily the lifeguard got there a minute later with vinegar so I didn't have to take her up on it

Damo Lee Park
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5 months ago

vinegar. brown is best

Dave P
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5 months ago

only if the stinger is still in you, when the stinger is out the uric acid does help reduce the swelling, just the amount in Human urine is too low to be effective, but can help add on precous seconds

Night Owl
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5 months ago (edited)

I heard/read somewhere you're supposed to scrape the stringers with a credit card or something similar before doing anything else (right after calling for medical help)

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Jessica Cifelli
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5 months ago

Use vinegar instead

Shadow4523
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5 months ago

i got stung by one aaand, crap...

Ester Akilit
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5 months ago

our local guide during a tour to jellyfish area used vinegar to lessen venom sting.

jknbt jknbt
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5 months ago

put ammonia water on it

SwimmerGirl
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5 months ago

I think you're supposed to put vinegar on a sting

Solidhog
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5 months ago

Depends on the jelly fish and if their sting is alkaline or acidic.

2763MilesAway
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5 months ago

I've never heard of this.......

Jenn C
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5 months ago

Use seawater instead

JessG
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5 months ago

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Rub some dirt on it, and walk it off. Then later, let Mom kiss it, and put a bandaid on it. But if you cry, you won't get a lolly, so be a good kid and don't touch the jellyfish

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Shelp
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5 months ago

I've never heard of that myth

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Koalas don't get high on eucalyptus, it's just that this genius animal insists on eating something that gives them zero energy which is why koalas look tired.

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Yelena Yardeen
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5 months ago

Koalas are cute, but they're also vicious and stupid. Evolutionary fail.

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This myth started because a Disney documentary crew chased lemmings off a cliff to their death and then edited the footage to seem like the animals did it themselves.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

Should have read the whole post before I commented, I mentioned lemmings on another picture.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago (edited)

They don't necessarily have better eyesight than us. It's just different. In some areas their's are better than ours, like during the dark hours but our vision is sharper etc. Also not all bats have the same type of vision.

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Ellen Ranks
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5 months ago

Piranhas on the other hand....

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Penguins are just reluctant to jump into the water. Eventually one or two might dive so the rest decide to follow them, but they don't push each other.

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Reminds me a bit like the lemmings myth. No lemmings do not mass suicide by jumping off cliffs

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Shelp
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5 months ago

Never heard of that myth either

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Foxxy (The Original)
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5 months ago

Not just you harming their skin but also them possibly harming you as some produce a toxin through their skin.

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Linda Williams
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5 months ago

I love chameleons. They're beautiful!

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They don't, it depends on height they fall from. The higher they fall the less injuries they get.

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Becky Samuel
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5 months ago

Not really, the statistic behind this urban myth has been thoroughly debunked. The injuries were only measured from the cats that survived the fall. Most cats that had falls from a greater height were killed outright, leaving a few lucky survivors that had soft landings to skew the results.

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Bobert Robertson
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5 months ago

That sloth on the left has the same hair I had 6 months into covid

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It's because they would've had better eyesight and smell than raptors today.

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ume reid
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5 months ago

ok, so you basically have no chance surviving an encounter with a t-rex.

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