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12 Surprisingly Common Misconceptions in Our World

11 NOV 2014
Career Path : Education News


Anyone who has had to write an academic paper knows that one of the most important steps is checking your facts. It’s a rookie move to make a statement without A.) backing it up and B.) finding at least five other credible sources which concur with your statement. So then why do we so often pass information around by word or by Facebook, without first checking to see if the source is credible? We live in a world that loves gossip, and many of us will shamefully admit that we follow old wives tales without truly knowing if they hold any truth. Information is Beautiful has actually put together an interesting infographic with dozens of mythical “facts”. Ready to be surprised? Here are 12 facts which are commonly quoted but are completely untrue:

  1. There are different tasting parts of the tongue
  2. The Great Wall of China can be seen from space
  3. Vikings have horned helmet—this is actually the invention of a costume designer.
  4. Don’t eat and swim—the fable that you will get cramps is false, though you may be short of breath.
  5. Goldfish only have a 3 second memory—wrong, more like 3 MONTHS!
  6. Caffeine dehydrates you—the water in the beverage counteracts this.
  7. Shaving thickens hair—it only appears so because the hair is no longer tapered.
  8. It takes 7 years to digest gum.
  9. Salt makes a pot of water boil faster.
  10. We only use 10% of our brain.
  11. Bull hate red—they are actually colour blind!
  12. MSG causes headaches—there is actually no clinical proof of this.

Were any of these shocking? We thought some certainly were. Share your “Untrue Facts” with us here!