Top Ten Common Misconceptions

Things people believe to be true that are factually incorrect. These false facts, old wives tales, rules of thumb, and other misconceptions are relatively common and some of them may be things you mistakenly think are true.
The Top Ten
1 Charles Darwin theorised that humans evolved from apes
2 Jesus was born on December 25

Yes. Everyone seems to think that Jesus was born on December 25, he's not. He wasn't even born in winter. He was probably born in late spring or early summer. It seems like I'm one of the only people who knows this. Great list by the way.

We celebrate his birthday on that day. He wasn't born.

3 The color red angers a bull

Bulls are color blind. It's the waving motion that attracts them. The red color is for the benefit of the crowd.

Bulls are colorblind. It's the waving movement of the cape that annoys them.

They are colorblind! When you wave the cape, they get annoyed ( for unknown reasons )

Red is blood. Blood is red. Red induces anger. Blood has revenge. Bull. Angry. #LameJokesRock

4 Humans only use 10% of our brain

We use 0% of our brain because we are dumb enough to destroy habitats and kill our own species, and aliens ( if they exist) will watch it while eating popcorn like some sick game. But hey, we can ignore that...

I believe that is knowledge wise, right? But if it's just in general then, would I be able to get rid of 90% and be ineffective?

This is the one that annoys me the most, as movies trot it out all the time like it's science.

All the people saying we use 100% of our brain probably never had an acid experience...

5 You have to drink 8 glasses of water everyday

You can't drink eight glasses of water everyday. I tried that once and I had to go to the bathroom for the whole day. Trust me. It's not fun.

Believe me, I've never done this. 3 is probably the most I've ever drank.

6 Winter weather causes colds and the flu

Cols and the flu are caused by viruses, not the temperature of the air. Bad weather may cause people to congregate which leads to viruses being shared more frequently, but it does not cause the sickness.

7 Elephant is the biggest mammal on Earth

No. The elephant is not the biggest mammal in the world. The blue whale is. They're also the world's biggest animals because they're even bigger than the dinosaurs! While the African elephant is the biggest land mammal, the blue whale is the biggest sea mammal.

The blue whale is the biggest mammal on earth.

The blue whale called. It wants his title back.

Do these people no know the Blue whale exists

8 Whales are fish

Do people even assume that whales are fish anymore?

No. Whales are not fish. They are mammals.

They are mammals

9 Infant vaccinations cause Autism

Never been proven. The lone often cited study that fueled the whole debate was completely biased, disowned by the journal that published it, and authored by a researcher who may be criminally prosecuted.

Not all who have vaccines have autism. Likewise, not all who are autistic have ever had vaccines. The only consistent thing all autistic people have was that their mom and dad had sex. So, sex causes autism

How many times do we have to debunk anti-vaxxers to get it through their heads that it's a complete myth?... Ignorance is really a way of "saving people's lives" and instead of not accepting the fact that vaccines save lives, not kill.

This hypothesis was proven wrong years ago, yet some people (including Donald Trump) still believe it! Stop living in the past, Trump, and get your facts right up to date. To prove vaccinations don’t cause autism, there is NO correlation between vaccination and autism rates.

10 Suck out snake venom could save the victim

Sucking out snake venom may lead to infection. A poisonous bite requires antivenom and treatment.

Get ready for lip infection, plus, you'll have lips like Kylie Jenner.

But it’s still better to suck it out if you don’t have medicine

Sucking out the venom is actually a HORRIBLE idea. Same goes for bees.

The Newcomers

? Columbus discovered America

Erikkson did.

? Chewing gum goes around your heart

I tried to chew gum - I had buckteeth now I don't with painful braces I had in my teens.
I always swallowed it, I gave up on it and sadly never tried two ball screwball when I was a kid.

The Contenders
11 All bats are blind

Although bats have tiny eyes, they are not blind. Bigger bats can see three times better than humans.

"Blind as a bat" is a catchphrase now. People used to think bats where blind.

They're not blind, but several species do have poor eyesight.

Good, these cute lil creatures don't deserve to be blind.

12 Men think about sex every seven seconds

We're not all pedophiles. We think about other things, like video games, working, fixing the computer, and football (American football)

If we did then we would end up raping the innocent.

13 Crabs are pink

Crabs are red in my opinion

14 The Great Wall of China is one of only a handful of man made things that can be seen from space

True, you can see the wall from space, but it's difficult, you have to know what you are looking for, and the conditions have to be just right. But think about it. If you can see the Wall which is roughly the same color as the surrounding terrain and is less than 50 feet wide, then you can certainly see a 12 lane Los Angeles freeway that is over twice as wide as well as a whole bunch of other man made objects.

15 Human blood in veins is blue

Blood in the body is just as red as when it comes out. The apparent blue coloring is caused by the walls of the veins and your skin.

It's not blue it's just a myth.

Human blood is never blue. it only looks blue because of the tissues and skin covering it. Blood is always red.

16 Albert Einstein failed math in school and was a terrible student

He actually didn't. He failed an entrance exam in school, but still excelled in math. The language the exam was given in was in French, and he didn't speak a lot of French during that time.

But it's true that he married his first cousin and his parents were first cousins

People say he has autism (which isn't proven but he might)

If Einstein failed math, I know where I'm heading.

17 Jesus was the founder of Christianity

Jesus was a Jew, not a Christian. He was the messiah, and the actual son of God, which kind of makes it complicated.

He did not intend to create a new religion. It was his followers who did so.

18 Daddy Long Legs are extremely poisonous, but their mouths are too small to bite people

Most venomous spider is the Brazilian Wandering Spider

19 Galileo Galilei invented the telescope

It's quite a common belief that Galileo Galilei invented the telescope but this isn't exactly true. It was actually invented by Hans Lippershey in 1608.

I knew this. Told to so many people, but no one believed. Glad it's actually public now.

Do people not study? weird

Some Pirate fuy did..

20 Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker

Short hair seems thicker, but it is just perception.

21 Lightning never strikes the same place twice

At the spire of Empire State building, lightning has already struck 38 times

22 The fruit is named after the color orange

Other way around

23 Goldfish have a 3 second memory

Actually, when tested, their memory lasted up to six months.

24 The BMW logo represents an airplane propeller

This was even mentioned in the movie Finding Forrester but in truth the logo was based on the Bavarian flag and was not associated with a propeller until a dozen years later.

It has colors of Bavarian flag

25 Pit bulls have a locking jaw

Simply not true, otherwise, how would they eat? In fact, the pit bull doesn't necessarily have the strongest bite strength among dog breeds.

I don't think Pitbulls have a special mechanism that "locks" their jaw.

8Load More
PSearch List