Okay! So here is a quick (and embarrassing) truth about me. When I was a kid, I used to believe in a lot of things, like how the sun revolves around the earth or that Santa Claus is real. As I grew up, I realized that the truth was quite different from what I was told. When we were kids, we all were told not to read anything in the dark or that we should drink as much water as we can. Well, they were all lies. Here are some of the most evident myths that you should stop believing right away.
- It takes 7 years to digest gum
Gum is indigestible and can pass right through your stomach, just like anything else.
- You should drink as much water as you can
SourceToo much water in your body will damage your kidneys and the sodium balance. Ideally, we should not drink more than 3.5-4 L of water a day.
- Celery has negative calorie
SourceSeriously? How is that even possible? In fact, celery has sugar with 90% cellulose.
- Going out in cold with wet hair will make you sick
SourceWe get cold after being infected by a virus, which is more active inside our homes than outdoors.
- Swimming after eating will give you a stomachache
SourceWhile it is recommended to wait for a few minutes, you don’t need to wait for an hour to swim after eating. It has never been proved scientifically.
- Carrots can improve our visionSource
Sadly, carrots don’t have this amazing power.
- Reading in the dark can cause eyesight-related problems
SourceJust like any other muscle in your body, your eyes can also expand or contract. It won’t cause any permanent damage to them.
- Sitting close to the TV will damage your eyesight
SourceJust another one of those lies your parents told you to stop you from getting addicted to your favorite cartoons.
- Coffee will stun your growth
SourceIt is something parents say to keep their kids away from this modern miracle.
- You can’t teach an old dog new tricks
SourceThis might be an age-old proverb, but it has no scientific connection at all. Go ahead and teach your dog some amazing tricks.
- Dropping a coin from a tall skyscraper might kill someone
SourceWhile it might hurt a little, it won’t kill anyone at all.
- Cracking your knuckles can cause arthritis
SourceWhile the “pop” sound might irritate a few, it doesn’t have any adverse effect on your bones. The sound is produced when a bubble is burst in your joint fluid.
- If you swallow a watermelon seed, it will grow a tree in your belly
SourceDo you really need an explanation for this?
- The Sahara is the largest desert in the world
SourceNo, it’s the Antarctic.
- We use only 10% of our brain
SourceIt has been scientifically proved that we are capable of using as much as 100% of our brain at times.
- Pulling a gray hair will cause more to grow
SourceIf it was true, I would have had only gray hair by now!
Now when you know better, go ahead and educate others.