19 Commonly Believed Myths That Are Completely False

Sometimes it’s hard to sift fact from fiction, especially when certain long-ingrained myths are still perpetuated by society and in the media. A recent internet survey asked, “What’s an annoying myth that people still cling to?” We collected the 21 best responses.

You Can’t Swim After Eating

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“People say you must wait 1 hour. I waited 59 minutes once. I’m still dead.”

“I think this rule has more to do with not wanting people to puke in the pool from exerting themselves on a full stomach.”

“It is an old myth, now debunked. In the 1980s, we were often warned that eating before swimming causes cramps, and cramps lead to drowning.”

An Undercover Cop Has To Be Truthful If Asked

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“Imagine an undercover cop investigating a crew of violent criminals, and one of them asks, “Hey, are you a cop?” He’s forced to tell the truth, knowing they will murder him.”

“The police are legally allowed to lie all the time during the process of an investigation.”

“I’ll never forget how ‘Breaking Bad’ perfectly incorporated this myth into the scene where Badger gets arrested.”

We Only Use 10% Of Our Brains

We Use Only 10% Of Our Brain
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“The best analogy I’ve heard: we do use 100%, in the same way, a traffic light uses 100% of its bulbs. Not all at the same time. Certain situations do cause total brain activity; they’re called Grand Mal seizures.”

“I’ve just discovered that I only use 1% of my keyboard at a time while typing. Just think how much more efficient I would be if I used all the keys at on7lfo6fpufodyfkkyfoy6i.”

Waiting 24 Hours To File A Missing Person’s Report

Waiting 24 Hours To File A Missing Person_s Report
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“When in fact, it’s the exact opposite; the first 24 hours are the most important.”

“This is a really bad one; not calling for help in the first 24 hours could be the difference between life and death for a LOT of people in emergency situations.”

“The idea is the police don’t want to waste time and resources chasing every kid who “ran away” to their friends or spouse whose phone died and is working late.”

Expensive Hobbies Are Pointless

Expensive Hobbies Are Pointless
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“Stop saying that having hobbies as an adult is only worth it if it brings in money. No, I love my meaningless and expensive hobbies, even if I can’t monetize them.”.

“I’ve been interrogated about why I’m a trained swordfighter. Because it’s fun, you fool!”

“The only reason I work is to afford the hobbies that make me happy.”

Canine Alpha Theory

Canine Alpha Theory
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“People still believe it even though the person who made the theory took it back. The ‘alpha’ of wolves is actually just the pack’s parents, with their offspring.”

“Now there’s decades of awful dog training that is based on this one theory. So many dogs get the ‘Cesar Milan’ alpha dog training treatment when they can be trained with fun, connection, and joy. It actually breaks my heart.”

Carrots Help You See In The Dark

Carrots Help You See In The Dark
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“Wasn’t this so the Germans in WWII wouldn’t know the British had radar?”

“Have you ever seen a rabbit with glasses? No? It works!”

“Nutrients from carrots benefit eyes, but there’s no direct correlation between better eyesight and carrots. This myth was admitted to be a false rumor spread to keep the radar tech a secret during WWII.”

Flavor Enhancers Are Bad For You

Flavor Enhancers Are Bad For You
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“It’s so incredibly annoying. MSG tastes great and adds a little razzle-dazzle to certain food. It’s the unhealthy food people are eating that is bad for them, not the MSG.”

“My grandmother saw me adding MSG to curry, and the look on her face was like I was pouring rat poison into the pot. Meanwhile, she has basically shaved her diet down to only food with very high natural MSG content. It is nonsensical.”

Ancient Peoples Sculpted In Pure Stone

Ancient Peoples Sculpted In Pure Stone
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“Ancient Greek and Roman sculpture and architecture is only now pure white marble because art dealers long, long ago washed the paint off.”

“Same for churches and cathedrals all over Europe. They were painted bright colors. It washed off over time, and the stone reappeared.”

“I studied art history, and it wasn’t even mentioned. They used super garish colors too!”

Being Cold Gives You A Cold

Being Cold Gives You A Cold
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“The idea that coldness gives you a cold is maddening. Science is clear; we get colds in winter because we spend more time indoors, and the dry air makes it easier for viruses to travel between people. Yet many people still cling to these medieval beliefs.”

“Equally as stupid as saying you’ll catch a cold if you go outside with wet hair or that antibiotics will cure the cold virus.”

Lightning Never Strikes Twice In The Same Place

Lightning Never Strikes Twice In The Same Place
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“It started as a saying, but people started believing it, and then it became a myth.”

“Tell that to the poor park ranger who got hit by lightning seven times.”

“There would be no point in having lightning rods if that were the case.”

The World Is Fair

The World Is Fair
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“The ‘just world fallacy’ is responsible for a lot of victim-blaming, which re-traumatizes people who have already suffered. It’s the worst. Sometimes bad things happen to people who don’t deserve it. It shouldn’t be that difficult to grasp.”

“Indeed, this world contains neither meaning nor justice. It’s all absurd.”

“You don’t get what you deserve. You just get what you get.”

You Have To Find “The One”

You Have To Find _The One
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“That when you meet “the one,” you just know. And there is only one for each of us.”

“One day, I started hanging out with my wife and slowly realized I never wanted to stop hanging out with her. You don’t necessarily get some kind of love epiphany.”

Carnivorous Pets Can Be Vegetarian

Carnivorous Pets Can Be Vegetarian
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“Thinking your cat or dog can live healthily on a vegan diet. Stop it. It’s animal abuse.”

“Exactly. Cats require taurine in their diets to remain healthy. Meat provides that. I don’t understand why people push their diet choices on their animals.”

“Cats are obligated carnivores. Full stop.”

Horoscopes Are Real

Horoscopes Are Real
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“Stop believing zodiac signs have any effect on our everyday lives.”

“A girl asked this guy what his sign was, and he said astrology was lies, but that his sign was Taurus. The girl said to him that it made sense. He asked if he was a typical Taurus; she said yes and explained why. Then he admitted he was actually a Scorpio.”

If You Shave, It Grows Back Thicker

If You Shave, It Grows Back Thicker
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“Based on observation, the apparent change in thickness is due to the ends of the hair being cut rather than pointy as they would be if they grew straight from the root.”

“Most likely, this myth comes from puberty. If a 14 yr old shaves his mustache, of course, it’ll come back thicker; it was barely more than peach fuzz to start with!”

“My husband’s culture believes this; they shave babies’ heads in the first year.”

Videogames Cause Violence

Videogames Cause Violence
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“There is no correlation. I will reload a save just to make my character happier.”

“People love to say violent criminals had violent video games at home. It’s such a stupid point to make. Violent people seek out violent entertainment. For healthy people, it’s just like every other form of entertainment. It’s really not a hard concept to grasp.”

That Introverts Are Socially Awkward

That Introverts Are Socially Awkward
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“I once heard a teacher say to the whole school that being an introvert means you lack self-confidence. Introverts CAN; they just DON’T WANT TO.”

“This! I tell people I’m an introvert, and my friends laugh until I point out that we only hang out once a week. That’s because my social battery is drained. I love being alone and need to recharge. I find my friends exhausting.”

Ancient Peoples Thought The World Was Flat

Ancient Peoples Thought The World Was Flat
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“It has been widely accepted since Ancient Greece that the earth is round.”

“I was taught in school that Columbus had trouble finding funding because people thought the world was flat. Actually, most knew the world was round. They just believed he was underestimating the distance and that everyone on the expedition would die before reaching land.”

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