Widely Believed Stereotypes That Are Completely False

We all like to use smart-sounding generalizations to prove a point, usually emphasized with some statement like "I just read an article about ..." or "No way, seriously, this is totally true." But preconceptions fall flat pretty quickly in the face of unwavering numbers. And as with many things we tend to accept wholesale, it turns out many of these stereotypes are pretty much BS.

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THE STEREOTYPE ... THE FRENCH ARE SURRENDER MONKEYS. BUT in REALITY ... THEY'VE WON SO MANY WARS. Since 387 BCE, France has fought 168 major wars. TheFor details, read The 5 Most Statistically Full of Sh!t National Stereotypes

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THE STEREOTYPE ... MEN ARE PLAYERS, WOMEN ARE PRUDES. BUT in REALITY ... SOME PEOPLE JUST LIE. Research says women underreport their sexual activity. For details, read 6 Things Everyone Knows About Women (That Aren't True)

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THE STEREOTYPE ... THE WORKING CLASS IS FULL OF COAL MINERS. BUT In REALITY ... THERE ARE JUST 16,000 OF THEM NATIONWIDE. There are more ophthalmic laFor details, read Trump Wants To Save America By Saving Jobs That Don't Exist

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THE STEREOTYPE ... BODY DISORDERS? THAT'S A WOMAN THING. BUT in REALITY ... THEY'RE JUST AS COMMON IN MEN. The difference is that in men, it usually mFor details, read 6 Things You Learn As A Guy With An Eating Disorder

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THE STEREOTYPE ... RUSSIANS ARE THE WORLD'S DRINKERS. CABAHCKAR 4000 AACEK NYTHHY Pweckai HACTO CTAHAAPT Bok KAPORAR PUTINK NVG STE oncust BUT in REALFor details, read The 5 Most Statistically Full of Sh!t National Stereotypes

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THE STEREOTYPE ... SERIAL KILLERS ARE HIGHLY INTELLIGENT. BUT In REALITY... NOPE. THEY'RE BELOW AVERAGE. A study of over 2, 600 serial killers found tFor details, read 6 Myths About Crime You Believe Thanks To Hollywood

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THE STEREOTYPE ... MOODY? MUST BE THAT TIME OF THE MONTH! BUT In REALITY... PMS HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH MOOD SWINGS. We're not saying that hormones donFor details, read 5 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be the Exact Opposite

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THE STEREOTYPE ... WOMEN ARE BAD AT MATH. MEMORY A FC sinx ax a 3+6 me? Ls 4 BUT in REALITY ... EVEN THOUGH GIRLS AREN'T? You don't see that many womeFor details, read 6 Things Everyone Knows About Women (That Aren't True)

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THE STEREOTYPE ... GERMANS ARE THE WORLD'S CARNIVORES. BUT in REALITY ... EXCEPT FOR ALL THE ONES WHO AREN'T. A whopping 10 percent of Germans are veg

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THE STEREOTYPE... LATIN WOMEN ARE ALWAYS PARTYING! 68 BUT in REALITY ... HOLLYWOOD INVENTED THIS, ON PURPOSE. During WWIl, Hollywood wanted to enter tFor details, read 6 Terrible Stereotypes (That Came From Positive Things)

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THE STEREOTYPE ... GAY MEN ARE GIRLY, GAY WOMEN AREN'T. BUT In REALITY ... SURE, THAT'S THE STEREOTYPE ... NOW. But in the past, bisexuality was seen For details, read 5 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be the Exact Opposite

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THE STEREOTYPE ... DOMESTIC ABUSERS ARE MEN. BUT in REALITY ... MORE ARE WOMEN. Women are more likely to abuse, stalk, and attack their partners. HundFor details, read 5 Myths About Domestic Abuse Everyone Believes

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THE STEREOTYPE ... BLONDES ARE DUMB. BUT In REALITY ... THAT'S A MYTH ... INVENTED BY SUFFRAGETTES. A specific troupe of blonde burlesque performers mFor details, read 6 Terrible Stereotypes (That Came From Positive Things)

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THE STEREOTYPE... THE POLISH ARE DUMB. BUT In REALITY ... THAT'S A MYTH ... INVENTED TO SMEAR POLISH IMMIGRANTS. As far as IQ goes, Poles score almostFor details, read The 5 Most Statistically Full of Sh!t National Stereotypes

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THE STEREOTYPE ... GOSSIP IS A WOMAN'S GAME. Mail BUT In REALITY ... MEN CAN'T RESIST IT AT ALL. When men and women hear a juicy secret, many men willFor details, read 5 Myths About Men And Women That Are Statistically B.S.

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THE STEREOTYPE... BLUE IS FOR BOYS! PINK IS FOR GIRLS! BUT in REALITY ... THOSE USED TO RUN THE OPPOSITE WAY. A 1918 editorial from Earnshaw's InfantsFor details, read 5 Gender Stereotypes That Used To Be the Exact Opposite

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THE STEREOTYPE... VIKINGS PLUNDERED IN HORNED HELMETS. BUT In REALITY ... NOPE. JUST REGULAR HATS. If you want a career in hand-to-hand combat, don't For details, read 6 Things From History Everyone Pictures Incorrectly

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THE STEREOTYPE... MEN HATE COMMITMENT. BUT in REALITY... NOT AS MUCH AS WOMEN DO. Polled men are quicker than women to fall in love and want children For details, read 5 Ridiculous Sex Myths Everyone Believes

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THE STEREOTYPE... WOMEN SUCK AT DRIVING. BUT In REALITY ... NOT AS MUCH AS MEN DO. Men die twice as often in car crashes. In fact, auto insurers histoFor details, read 6 Things Everyone Knows About Women (That Aren't True)

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THE STEREOTYPE ... BRITISH TEETH ARE TERRIBLE. BUT in REALITY ... BRITS HAVE THE BEST TEETH IN THE WORLD. The British aren't that into bbraces, so youFor details, read The 5 Most Statistically Full of Sh!t National Stereotypes