It is advisable not to believe everything that we read or hear. There are a number of myths about normal day-to-day life, scientific facts that just won’t go away. It’s high time one should stop believing these beliefs. Here are the few commonly believed myths that no one should believe:
- IF YOU SWALLOWED YOUR CHEWING-GUM , IT WOULD STAY IN YOUR STOMACH FOR SEVEN LONG YEARS
This was most probably started to stop kids from swallowing their gum. Sure, it is not easy for your stomach to digest gum. It’s chewing base wouldn’t be broken down by your digestive system and it would be passed out completely intact. But it definitely won’t stay in there for seven years.
- KEEPING YOUR LAPTOP IN YOUR LAP WOULD MAKE YOU STERILE
This myth was born out of a study conducted by Argentinian scientists. The study was based on whether the radiation caused from Wi-Fi can damage a man’s sperms. This was turned and twisted by the media. The truth is radio frequency energy absorption would make no changes in DNA molecules.
- SUGAR MAKES KIDS HYPERACTIVE
This one almost seems to be true since calories give us our daily energy and simple sugars would actually fuel our energies. But the truth is sugar metabolism has a different mechanism. These sugars would be first sent to internal organs and muscles while the rest would be stored for later which may convert into fat. Hence, sugar doesn’t make kids hyperactive; the kid may be hyperactive because he is just a kid.
- HAIR AND NAILS CONTINUE TO GROW EVEN AFTER WE DIE
Your hair and nails would need nutrients in order to grow. And nutrients would be provided from food intake which is definitely not possible after death. Thus there is nothing true about this statement.
- USING A CELLPHONE ON A PLANE CAN CAUSE A CRASH
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has tested this hundred of times and has found no link between operating cellphones and operation of flights. They have left this decision entirely up to the airlines. Hence, nowadays most of the airlines allow cellphone usage onboard.
- SHAMPOOS AND CONDITIONERS CAN CURE SPLIT ENDS
Good shampoos and conditioners may help prevent split ends but they sure do not cure them. They just have to be cut. This is a very popular myth but has no truth in it.
- GOING OUT WITH WET HAIR CAN GIVE YOU COLD
Studies have found no connection between wet hair and catching cold. The cold chilly weather may dry out nasal passages which may put you at the risk of catching cold-causing viruses. Your wet hair has nothing to do with it. It just is a very popular myth.
- DIFFERENT AREAS OF TONGUE CAN MAKE OUT DIFFERENT TASTES
There is a strong myth that different areas of the tongue have different taste buds which can correspond to various tastes like salty, sweet, sour and savory. However, that is not at all true. Every area of the tongue can make out every single type of taste.