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 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...

4 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.

5 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.

Fun fact: Many restaurants in Spain serve bull testicles.

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

6 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.

On land, the elephant is. But overall, no

7 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.

8 Infant vaccinations cause Autism

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.

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.

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.

Oh my gosh, I have cousins who didn't get vaccines bcs their mom was so afraid that they cause autism. Oh, so smallpox or polio or scarlet fever are better?
Not that my aunt is against kids who are autistic fyi. I guess she just didn't want to risk anything.

9 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.

10 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.

The Contenders
11 Whales are fish

Do people even assume that whales are fish anymore?

No. Whales are not fish. They are mammals.

They are mammals

12 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.

13 Humans only have 5 senses

According to some scientists, humans actually have 21 senses.

They are way more such as sense of temperature.

I have 229839218748032 senses and 3 brain cells.

14 All bats are blind

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

You're telling me that my elementary school teachers have lied to me this whole time?

"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.

15 Carrots improve your vision
16 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.

17 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.

18 Crabs are pink
19 Daddy Long Legs are extremely poisonous, but their mouths are too small to bite people
20 The fruit is named after the color orange

Other way around

I don't know how

21 Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker

Short hair seems thicker, but it is just perception.

22 Lightning never strikes the same place twice

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

23 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.

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

This one is pretty obvious.

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

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.

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.

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