"Common Knowledge" That Isn't Actually True.
You've heard them all before. The myths that we've never really taken the time to research or better yet debunk. But we knew were sketchy from the moment we heard them. Well, you've clicked on the right article...this next one's for you!
The following Ask Redditors shared "common knowledge" facts that simply aren't true. Oh, and I've added fact sources to go along with them. Ladies and gentlemen, gone are the days where you were left in the dark to fend for yourself.
Interested in more responses? Take a look at the original thread at the end of the article.
Cutting your hair will not make it grow faster and shaving won't make your hair grow back thicker.
George Washington didn't die of a cold like I was taught in school. He caught a cold and then his genius doctors decided to remove over half of a 67-year-old man's blood. They also exposed him to a chemical that made him defecate on himself. That's probably what did it.
Dogs don't see in black, white and grey. They're dichromial animals, which means that while they recognize less color differences than humans, who are trichromial, they still see a variety of actual colors.
Bears will eat honey, but what they're really after is the bee larvae which is packed with protein.
Goldfish don't have 15 second memories, and can actually be taught to do tricks if you're dedicated enough.
It's not illegal to count cards at a casino. But, it may be against casino rules. It won't get you sued, but it will possibly get you escorted out.
Carrots are good for you, and they do have some benefit to your eye's health, but they don't improve your eyesight.
"An apple a day will keep the doctor away." I'm always eating apples and I have cancer.
The air we breathe comes from trees. Partially true, but the oceans are responsible for 70% of the air that we breath and that's mostly from phytoplankton.
So even if you don't think carbon emissions are affecting global temperatures, you might want to at least give a crap about acidification of the oceans.
The Great Wall of China is, in fact, not as visible from space as people claim.
Touching or picking up a baby bird or rabbit will not make its mother abandon it.
Letting a cut "breathe" usually ends up drying it out leaving you with a bigger scar. If you keep it clean and moist with a bandaid and an ointment your cut will heal with less of a scar and cleaner.
The liquid coming from a steak is not blood.
True. The red liquid you see dripping out of a steak onto your plate is mostly myoglobin, which is a binding protein found in muscle tissue.
It is actually related to hemoglobin, which is a binding protein found in blood.
You don't eat a bunch of spiders in your sleep every year. It was a made up "fact" an author put in a book to test of other authors were plagiarizing.
I have a virus, therefore, I need antibiotics.
NO YOU DON'T!
Leaving your hair wet will not give you a cold.
Eating low fat foods will help you lose weight and be healthier.
It's outdated science. Sugar is a far bigger problem. Also, fat makes you feel full, and low fat foods tend to have a higher percentage of sugar content so you end up eating more to feel full on top of the negative effects of higher sugar content.
The myth that you can target burning fat. People think doing more abdominal workouts will target stomach fat.
Time is money. No, time is more valuable than money. Money comes and goes. Time only goes.
"Popping" your knuckles causes arthritis.
"It is not hotter in summer because the earth is closer to the sun."
The actual reason is axial tilt, namely the fact that sun rays fall in more perpendicular in summer.
-More energy reaches us per surface area
-Days are longer than they are in winter
-The light has to go through less atmosphere
It's not because the tilt means one hemisphere is closer to the sun - that's completely negligible compared to the difference in actual distance between summer and winter.
Something I hear a lot as a veterinary assistant from clients who think I'm just trying to scam them when I tell them that their pet has worms: "Well, all dogs have worms." Yes all dogs are born with worms, which is why you deworm them. They're not supposed to live with a parasite inside them their whole life!
If you pee in a pool there is not chemical that will change color so people know you are peeing.
When you're a kid most adults will tell you one thing or another is "cool" and "fun." Odds are you're too young to form any kind of opinion on the matter one way or another. You're a kid, right? You don't know what you're eating for breakfast. However, when you get older and form that larger worldview, you realize that yeah, maybe that one time when you were a kid actually wasn't fun.
These are those stories.