Top Ten Common Misconceptions

Things people believe to be true that are factually incorrect.

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21 Pit bulls have a locking jaw

Once they bite you they will never let go unless you stab or etc. CREEPY (that's why I would not trust on while I am sleeping in the same bed) I don't say their bad but when you don't give it love and care they will betray you and pit bulls are really great dogs. I mean it.

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

22 Hair and fingernails continue to grow after death

The skin recedes which makes it look like the hair and fingernails are growing.

23 A mother bird will reject babies that have handled by humans

I swear, I think half of these are in National Geographics "Myths Busted" book. - Minecraftcrazy530

24 Lightning never strikes the same place twice

At the spire of EmpirecState building, lightning has already struck 38 times - yatharthb

25 The Vikings wore horned helmets

Vikings have never wore horns on their helmets. and that's a good thing because that would be dangerous!

26 Napoleon was shorter than average

He was 5 foot 7 inches in international units, and the average French man at that time was 5 foot 5 inches. - ethanmeinster

27 Bananas come from a tree
28 Daddy Long Legs are extremely poisonous, but their mouths are too small to bite people

I think this is true. - funnyuser

29 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.

30 Tryptophan in turkey causes people to become sleepy

Tryptophan does cause sleepiness, but not in the quantities people get from eating Turkey. The real reasons people get tired on Thanksgiving are related to overeating and all the time spent preparing food.

31 Swallowed chewing gum stays in the body for up to 7 years

The idea is that gum cannot be digested. But if you have ever chewed a piece of gum until it breaks down, you know this isn't true.

Maybe the reason that schools forbid chewing gum is that arrogant students keep sticking their gum under all the tables. and it must be hard trying to get it all of it off from under there.

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32 Eating before swimming causes cramps
33 Hormones in dairy milk cause early female puberty

No study has proven this theory. People believe this based on circumstantial evidence. Girls in the U.S. are going through puberty earlier than they used to. Hormones didn't used in the production of dairy milk, but they are given to cows today. Therefore, hormones in milk are causing early puberty.

But this logic falls apart when you consider that girls in other first world nations are also going through puberty earlier than ever before, even when the country has banned the use of hormones in dairy farming. The truth is that girls do not start puberty until their bodies have a sufficient fat content. This is why female gymnasts often times do not start puberty until after the stop competing. In the past, girls were skinnier. Today, girls are fatter than ever and primed to start puberty at an early age.

34 Ancient Romans purged themselves in vomitoriums so they could eat more

A vomitorium is a hallway for large crowds for people to exit an amphitheater or stadium, not a building for people to practice binging and purging. We still have vomitoriums today and although the drunk guy at the football game may spew in one as he is leaving the stadium, that's not what it is designed or named for.

35 Europeans in Christopher Columbus’s time believed the world was flat

I actually believe this, they looked at the map and believed that the world was flat and they were afraid that they would fall somehow. - funnyuser

No Columbus thought it was flat and in fact he was scared of going

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36 Humans lose the majority of body heat through the head
37 Ben Franklin discovered electricity
38 Geishas are prostitutes
39 Rabbits mostly eat carrots

Carrots do to rabbits what sweets do to humans. While rabbits like carrots as a treat, it is not healthy for them to eat carrots a lot.

40 The moon only comes out at night

The moon is out in the daytime just as much and has absolutely no relation to the day-night cycle. - Hajj

I've seen it during the day many times. It is usually visible during the late afternoon.

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