19 Common Myths That Are Straight-Up BS

It's always wise to live by the classic refrain, “Don't believe everything that you hear.” If I'd followed it a little more closely, maybe my retirement account would still be in my possession, and not somewhere off the coast of French Guiana. Someday I will find you, Jean-Phillippe, and your reckoning will be legendary. My personal finances aside, here's 19 common myths that you can forcefully correct on dates and bring the night to a grinding halt.

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Gum Takes Years To Digest CRACKEDco According to your mom, that stick of Big Red you swallowed during your AP test might still be in your stomach come

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Goldfish Memories i saw everything officer CRACKED c COM You'll hear that someone has the memory of a goldfish, the most common number being 3 secon

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Ancient Flat Earth Beliefs CRACKEDCO We like to think that people have only known the earth was round since Columbus didn't fall off. But the Greeks n

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16

Diamonds From Coal CRACKED COM If you compress coal for a very long time under high pressure, eventually, you will waste an incredible amount of time.

Source: Business Insider

15

Being Cold Causes Colds CRACKED CONT Your parents would have you think a puffer jacket is your last line of defense against the common cold. The commo

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Chloroform CRACKEDcO COM Movies have taught us that even a passing whiff of chloroform is enough to have you sucking dirt. In real life, it would take

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Chameleon Camouflage u up? CRACKEDcO Turns out the reason everyone wants to get bitten by a radioactive chameleon isn't that accurate. Chameleons can

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12

Camels' Humps Store Water CRACKEDCO COM Unfortunately, no, camels aren't built like some sort of weird living Super Soaker. Their humps are filled wit

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You Use 10% Of Your Brain CRACKEDG COM This fact, a favorite of blacklight poster owners everywhere, isn't true. Though the neurons that actually do t

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Blood ls Blue CRACKEDo COM Veins are blue, but when your blood reaches the air, through a cut or getting hit by a train, it turns red, right? Not true

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Bats Are Blind CRACKEDC COM The beloved rat of the sky is not as sightless as popular sayings would have you believe. Yes, they do use echolocation to

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Touching Baby Birds i can't believe you've done this CRACKED C COM You may have heard that if you touch a baby bird, it'll no longer be accepted by it

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Alpha Wolves a podcast told me to be loud at bars CRACKED co COM The idea of alphas was based on a flawed study of a pack of captive wolves that d

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Earth's Effect on Toilets myth... busted CRACKED COMI No, the Coriolis Effect and the Earth's rotation doesn't make Australian toilets flush backwards

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Shaving Thickens Beards CRACKED CO COM Unfortunately, no amount of Bic'ing will get you closer to viking glory. Shaving is purely a surface of the ski

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Death By Penny Drop agh CRACKED COM: No, dropping a penny off the Empire State Building won't kill someone, 6th grade bully on a field trip. Thanks to

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Ostrich Hiding Spots $@#! mate CRACKEDC COM Cartoons tell us ostriches bury their heads in the sand to hide, and they would never lie to us, right? Un

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Nails Grow After Death CRACKED.CON A common myth says nails (and hair) keep growing after death. Retracting skin may make nails and hair appear longer

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Medieval Lifespan i'm fine CRACKED COM No, medieval people didn't all die before the age of 40. The average lifespan from that time is just that: an a

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