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Most Popular Myths Debunked

Friday, Nov 13, 2020, 6:48 pm


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1.Swimming After Eating

The Myth: Don't go swimming for 30 minutes after you eat. The Truth: There are no documented cases of anyone drowning due to a full stomach. The myth probably comes from the fact that a full stomach diverts blood circulation away from muscles, causing cramping, but not enough to drown you.




2.Blind Bats

The Myth: Bats are blind. The Truth: Bats don't see color but they do see, and they have magnificent night vision. In fact, a bat can see better than we can at night. There are many species of bats, all of which can see. So the next time you use the expression "blind as a bat," you might want to rephrase that.



3.Tomatoe

The Myth: Tomatoes are a vegetable. The Truth: Tomatoes are a fruit. To be a fruit, you have to come from the ovary base of a flower, which tomatoes come from. They are the fruit of a tomatoe plant, and contain the seeds from that plant. Eating your fruits and vegetables are a great way to stay healthy.





4.Five Human Senses

The Myth: Humans Have Only 5 Senses. The Truth: While we have 5 primary senses, scientists say we have many, many more senses, such as proprioception, thermoception, nociception, and so on. So when someone says they know something because of their sixth sense, ask them what the name of that sense is.



5.Irregardless is a Word

The Myth: Irregardless is not a word. The Truth: Irregardless is a word, but is considered nonstandard. English teachers insist it's incorrect to use, teaching students to use regardless or irrespective, but the word exists and is in the dictionary. So ... irregardless of what some people think, it's a word.





6.A Penny Dropped From The Empire State Building Will Kill Someone

The Myth: Drop a penny from the Empire State Building and you might kill someone. The Truth: A penny only weighs about a gram and would only reach about 100 miles per hour as it fell. If it did hit someone in the head it would only feel like it weighed a pound, at most. It might hurt a little, but it would not kill you.



7.Hair and Nails Grow After death

The Myth: Your hair and nails grow after your dead. The Truth: Everything in your body dies with you. Receding dead skin can make hair and nails to have appeared to have grown longer, but the cells in your hair are just as dead as you are, and that goes for your nails, too.




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8.Cracking Knuckles Gives You Arthritis

The Myth: Cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis. The Truth: Long term cracking of your knuckles can lead to reduced joint function but it will not cause arthritis. When you crack your knuckels you stretch the joing and stimulate nerve endings. The popping sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is synovial fluid gases being released into the space you created when your joints are pulled apart.



9.Don't Swallow Chewing Gum

The Myth: Chewing gum stays in your stomach forever. The Truth: While chewing gum doesn't digest, or change form in your stomach, you will eliminate it with your next or subsequent bowel movement. There is nothing in chewing gum that would prevent it from passing through your system, causing it to hang around for eternity.



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10.Drink 8 Glasses of Water Per Day

The Myth: Drink 8 glasses of water per day. The Truth: Everybody is different and therefore every body has certain hydrating requirements. It depends on factors, such as your level of activity, what you've eaten and the temperature inside or outside. When thirsty, drink. Don't force feed yourself glasses of water.



11.Earthworms Regenerate When Cut In Half

The Myth: Earthworms regenerate when cut in half, resulting in two earthworms. The Truth: While we all have probably cut an earthworm in half as a kid, hoping to see it live as two, the truth is that only the front survives. The back end dies, and the front regenerates the last half.




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12.Dogs Sweat Through Their Tongues

The Myth: Dogs sweat through their tongues. The Truth: When a dog's tongue is hanging out, he is panting, not sweating through his tongue.. The only sweatglands they have are in their footpads. Panting does cool them off by evaporating the moist lining of their lungs and bringing it to the surface.



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