10 Widespread Deceptions That Deserve Immediate Debunking

Common misconceptions and false beliefs are as American as baseball and apple pie. They have wormed their way into the mainstream and become accepted truths without a smidgen of credibility or concrete evidence. Let’s go through a few of them and set the record straight once and for all.

10. We Only Use Ten Percent of Our Brains

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The saying goes, “If we could only use all of our brains, imagine how smart we could be.” This idea that we only use 10% of our brains, which you may have believed while watching a sci-fi flick or reading an overeager self-help book, has no real foothold in the house of truth. In simple terms, we use more than 10% of our brains.

9. Eating Carrots Improves Night Vision

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We’re all for eating your greens and carrots to boot. However, thinking these crunchy roots will amp up your night vision is a little far-fetched. Yes, they’re packed with vitamin A, which is essential for eyesight, but they won’t turn you into a nocturnal eyeball superhero.

8. Goldfish Have a 3-second Memory 

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Your little aquatic buddy isn’t a swimming amnesiac, but these orange tank-dwellers have at least a 3-month memory span. They can remember things like feeding times and even simple tricks.

7. The Great Wall of China Can Be Seen from Space 

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The idea that the Great Wall of China is visible from space is widely believed, and you can’t blame anyone for it. It’s a romantic notion, but it isn’t the truth because even astronauts have debunked this one. While the wall is impressive and all, it’s too thin to be seen from space with the naked eye. 

6. Shaving or Cutting Hair Makes It Thicker

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Let’s start with one of the most common deceptions that’s been floating around for years: “Cutting makes your hair grow back thicker.” While it can feel like your hair is thicker after a good haircut or shave, the truth is it isn’t. Shaving your hair doesn’t affect its thickness but instead gives it a blunt tip. 

5. Humans Swallow an Average of 8 Spiders a Year While Sleeping

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Now, if you’ve ever been told you swallow an average of 8 spiders a year while sleeping, it isn’t accurate. While we sleep, our bodies go into something scientists call REM sleep, and during this phase, all of our muscles are essentially paralyzed. That means we’re not likely to be chowing down on any spiders. 

4. Vikings Wore Horned Helmets

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Have you ever pictured the Vikings with big, horned helmets? Well, it’s time to rethink that image because while Viking culture is shrouded in some mystery, we know that the Norse weren’t running around wearing helmets with horns. In fact, there’s no historical evidence supporting the idea.

3. You Should Wait 24 Hours Before Reporting a Missing Person

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You don’t have to wait 24 hours before reporting a missing person because it can be downright dangerous. If a person is missing, every minute can count! So, report it as early as you notice the disappearance.

2. Bats Are Blind

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Truth: bats are not blind. In fact, they’ve pretty decent eyesight, comparable, if not better, than humans in some aspects. Granted, they rely on echolocation to navigate the dark and hunt their prey, but that doesn’t mean their eyes are out of order.

1. Touching Baby Birds Will Make Their Mother Reject Them

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Many people have been told that if they touch a baby bird, the mother bird will detect the human scent on her offspring and reject or abandon it as a result. In truth, most birds have a limited sense of smell and can’t detect human scent very well, if at all.

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10 Things You Start to Lose Interest in as You Get Older:

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Things are awesome when you are young — especially when you are a teenager. Nothing beats sharing passion about discovering something new with your best friends. However, this changes as we age for some people. They are flocking to a recent online post that asks aging Internet users to share what no longer excites them?

10 Things That Have Disappeared in America, Did You Notice?

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With the passage of time comes change. Some of these changes are noticed almost immediately. Still, others are so gradual they’re only realized once someone points them out. The members of an online community were asked to identify the things that have vanished from American culture, and their replies will have you searching your memory banks.

10 Easy and Lazy Ways to Lose Weight 

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You could define developing countries as those where the average person aims to gain more calories; in the developed world, we try our hardest to lose them. A recent online post shares the easiest and laziest ways we lucky Westerners can lose weight.

Most successful lies of all time

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Everyone has their own perception of what’s true for them or what they want to believe, but some things started as a lie and quickly became “common knowledge.” I found the most intriguing answers from an internet discussion on the topic of the most successful lies in history.

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