3Rabbits Eat Carrots, Mice Love Cheese
Do a Google Image Search for "cartoon rabbit" and within the first five results you'll find one eating a carrot, even if it's not Bugs Bunny. Carrots are to rabbits what bananas are to monkeys.
The only thing more certain than a rabbit's carrot addiction is this: Mice love cheese. If a mousetrap doesn't have a big triangular wedge of cheese in it, the mouse is going to walk right by that sucker. That fact has been well established everywhere from commercials to song lyrics to kids' movies.
We can just tell this is about to be solved in a funny and heartwarming way.
The Problem ...
Cartoons have been hard on the world's pet rabbits. You can tell because every single website about rabbits, and rabbit breeders, and rabbit feeding all have to carry this warning: If you try to feed a rabbit nothing but carrots, it will die. It's like giving a human nothing but cotton candy. If your rabbit happens to like carrots, you have to carefully ration the stuff. Non-cartoon rabbits eat mostly hay and green leafy things. If you give a rabbit a carrot with the green top still on it, it will disregard the carrot part and eat just the top. It'll be like, "What's this orange shit?"
"Go die in a fire."
As for mice and cheese, to start off, mice have really sensitive noses, so Limburger would peel their little mousey faces off. Figuratively speaking. And then a recent study that we hope was funded by a grant to investigate cartoon myths found that mice respond to the taste, smell and texture of food, and will decline something as strong-smelling and highly flavored as cheese. They're actually drawn to foods with relatively high sugar content, such as grains and fruit. In response to all this cheese/mice humbug, the apparently bored British Parliament released a "technical note" suggesting that mice be caught with, "biscuits, porridge oats, other cereals and chocolate."
So that's what you need to plant next to their little arch doorways in the baseboard.
And remove all frying pans from the vicinity if you have a particularly hapless cat.
So How'd It Get Started?
As for rabbits and carrots, it goes back to Bugs Bunny and an old Clark Gable movie from 1934. The film was a romantic comedy called It Happened One Night, and it was a huge hit at the time. There was a scene where Gable was talking around a carrot he was chewing on and the animators for Bugs Bunny depicted Bugs doing the same, in an open parody of the scene that audiences of the time would have immediately recognized (kind of the way we immediately recognize when a Shrek character imitates "bullet time" from The Matrix). That became standard Bugs Bunny behavior, and what followed was 75 years of kids growing up thinking that rabbits were carrot junkies.
Clark Gable, seconds before launching into an astonishing operatic piece.
As for mice and cheese, one popular theory (which hasn't been discussed scientifically, so take this cum grano salis), is that mice were constantly being discovered in medieval cupboards eating the household cheese stash. But this would have been because it was the only food they could get to -- the meat would be hanging and salted, and grain would be stored in jars. It was cheese or starvation.
"Beats ending up as hot dog meat."
So it's like that one time you mentioned offhand to an aunt that you liked beef jerky, and now she's been getting you beef jerky every Christmas for 20 straight years. Or that one cop who probably got caught eating a doughnut a hundred years ago and forever cemented the dietary reputation of an entire profession.
2Camels Store Water in Their Humps
The very first time you were shown a drawing of a camel in kindergarten, you were told two things: They have humps and they live in the desert because they can go a long time without drinking.
The teacher or parent probably also put two and two together and said that the very reason the camels can go on those long trips through an oven-hot desert is that they store water in those humps. The idea made its way into old-timey science books, and to this day has been purported by "experts" like Bear Grylls who claim to have gotten water via a camel's humps. So it must come as a surprise when they find out that camel humps don't actually do any such thing.
"Either I've pierced something or I've wet myself."
The Problem ...
In reality, camels don't store water in their humps; they store fat. Fat works much better than water in the desert, because it provides camels with the energy they need to keep up their metabolism and keep moving. Remember that food is also short in the desert.
Man, there was a scorpion buffet right there and he missed it!
Some of you are saying, "Well, duh, they store water in the fat!" and it's true that when camels metabolize all that fat in their humps, they actually yield some water. But the yielded water is lost in the body, and the camel never gets to use it for nourishment.
But Cracked, you say, don't camels need water so they don't dehydrate? Well, yes, of course. But camels work differently from people. Camels can cool down, and stay cool, much longer than we can. They also have special cells that don't allow blood pressure to drop when body volume drops. All of it adds up to a creature that can go a long time without dehydrating.
They're like hardcore metal fans.
So How'd It Get Started?
The origin of this myth is probably twofold. Ancient Roman philosopher/naturalist Pliny the Elder is recorded as having hypothesized that a camel has two stomachs: one made to hold water, and another to hold food. The community at large accepted this as fact, and assumed that those two stomachs must be in the two humps.
There are also stories (which may have inspired Pliny) that say that traveling Muslim armies would split open a camel's belly and drink its water. Well, that's likely because food and water divide into two separate sections of the camel's stomach before digestion, allowing one to get a hold of the portion of the stomach filled only with water. Nomads in the desert are also known to drain water from half-digested camel food in times of desperation. Still, none of this adds up to the "water in humps" story we were all told.
It's like the tauntaun Han Solo killed in The Empire Strikes Back, only you can drink from it as well as live in it.