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'We Only Use 10% Of Our Brain Power' And Other 'Facts' That Are Actually False

Misconceptions are common, and if they spread around, it can lead to some 'truths' that just aren't true.

Below are 31 things that many think are real, but are actually fake!



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Cow tipping. The most damning evidence against cow tipping being a thing is the fact that there are no YouTube videos with people doing it.

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There is no such thing as sugar-induced hyperactivity. Your kids are not bouncing off the walls because they ate candy; they're bouncing off the walls because they're little brats.

To be clear, sugar-induced hyperactivity usually refers to something that accompanies dopamine release -- I wouldn't dispute that dopamine is released when sugar is consumed. It also refers to a boost of energy beyond what you would get from eating non-sugary foods.

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These storage wars and auction shows in general.

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Spot reduction with weight loss. Doing sit ups won't trim fat from your stomach. Fat is like water in a pan, you have to lower the entire level to change any one part.

Yes, if you work your abs, you will increase the muscle there. However, it is pretty unlikely you would develop your abs enough to displace the fat and have your abs be noticeable. Most people lose belly fat last and abs are very difficult to grow.

Muscles are made in the gym and revealed in the kitchen.

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When someone's EKG (which measures electrical activity in the heart) "flat-lines" on a TV show or movie it is always easy to use the paddles to make the heart beat again. This isn't true, once there is no more electrical activity in the heart it can't be shocked back to working. Using a defibrillator (the paddles) is meant for shocking a heart back into a normal rhythm from an abnormal rhythm.

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Wasabi. Most "wasabi" paste outside Japan is not real wasabi. Actual wasabi plants are difficult and expensive to grow, and grated wasabi goes off very quickly. Most wasabi paste in the west, and even in cheaper sushi places in Japan, is horseradish and mustard powder dyed bright green.

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The life of your friends according to how it is portrayed on social media.

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That Albert Einstein was "bad at school".

Dude was a genius, he nearly got into Federal Polytechnic School Zurich when he was only 16, and did "outstandingly well" in his tests, but performed badly in non-science subjects like French. The following year he wrote an incredible essay and got in, after again demolishing Maths and Physics.

The rumour started because of misinterpretation of 1 vs 6 in the grading system, where people thought he had got the lowest when in fact he had got the highest.

Einstein did very well at school. Stop using his fictional failure as an excuse for not trying and wasting time.

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Toxins that you need to get out of your system with our very specific and expensive specially formulated juice/tea cleanse detox supplement.

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Astronomer here! You know those amazing Hubble pictures of outer space? I hate to say it, but a lot of outer space does not really look like that. And I'm not just talking about patching multiple shots together- rather, gas clouds in outer space does not really have the vivid colors shown in the photographs. Instead, astronomers will weight the colors from the red, green, and blue filters in Hubble (it doesn't actually have a color camera), to get the colors you see in the photographs and to enhance details you couldn't normally see. Even if you floated right by a nebula in a spaceship, it would be too diffuse to see the colors as Hubble sees them.

There are exceptions, mind. If you look at the planets in our solar system through a telescope, for example, they all actually have the same colors as they do in the photographs. And if you could actually go float above a galaxy, it would have almost the same appearance as in the Hubble photographs instead of the faint fuzzy blob it looks like from Earth.

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That nuclear reactors can explode like nuclear bombs.

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No one actually put poison or razor blades in Halloween children's candy. It was all the media. Turns out, the kid that died was actually poisoned by his father but initially they thought it was Halloween candy. Media covered the story, but never actually announced hey this didn't actually happen! So now parents worry about what their kids take from strangers. When in reality, it's your own family you gotta watch out for.

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The reason behind the anti-vaccination movement.

Vaccines don't cause autism. That's a fact. The paper that claimed that, was a fake made-up to win some forgotten court case and many actually took its lies and believed them.

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That the lollipop wrapper with the Indian shooting the star grants you another lollipop for free.

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I have found that a lot of people who are pro-life believe some pretty outlandish things about abortion. Here are just a few things I've seen:

- "After birth abortion" if the child is born with a disability- literally not a thing whatsoever. The phrase traces back to a single, not-well-received bioethics paper where it was tossed out as a hypothetical moral question. The authors of the paper have tried to clarify the phrase millions of times but pro-life activists took it and ran.

-Third trimester abortions, and specifically how (un)common they are. People tend to get in a huge huff about third trimester abortions, but in reality they make up less than 2% of all abortions. I think since protestors like to use graphic images of baby parts on their posters, people think third trimester abortions are common. It doesn't even make logical sense. If you don't want a baby, why would you "procrastinate" through morning sickness, back pain, nausea, and outgrowing clothes to get an abortion? Every woman I know who has had an abortion has been very "get this out of me right now."

- Speaking of graphic abortion images, many "abortion" pictures are actually miscarriages or still births. Sometimes when babies die in the womb, a woman still needs a D&E to get all the parts out to prevent infection.

- Videos of babies born en caul being passed off as "live birth abortions." Sometimes (rarely) babies are born with the amniotic fluid sac still in tact, and these little babies are floating around in a water bubble. It's pretty cool looking and very rare, so nurses take videos. Pro-life people like the hijack these videos and act like the nurses then took that baby and killed it. Not the case.

- Although I think this myth is pretty well-known by this point, Planned Parenthood really doesn't do that many abortions. Abortions account for just 3% of services they provide, and none of that is funded with government money (Many commenters have brought up that earmarked funds don't mean much because any government funding allows for their own funding to be used elsewhere. I agree, but it matters to some people so I am including it). Also, most PP locations don't even provide abortions, they just provide referrals. None of the PPs in my state provide them at their locations.

There is honestly so much misinformation about abortion it's insane. Almost anything "shocking" you can read about it will turn out to be false. It's a common, safe medical procedure.

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Every Bob Marley, Albert Einstein and Abraham Lincoln quote on the Internet ever.

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From fat to ripped in 30 days or whatever. I knew a guy they used for this, he was ripped - they paid him $5k to gain 25 pounds over a month by eating crap he would never normally eat. Then they took a picture, he went back to his regular routine dropping the 25 pounds in a month and they took those pics. So from chubby to ripped in one month using "X" product, complete lies. He was only 5"5 130 pounds when ripped, so the 25 pounds made a big difference.

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That you can get muscular by accident.

So many people entering fitness are led to believe that they need to be somehow careful about how they do it, otherwise they might get "too big". It's as absurd as thinking that you might accidentally end up with an advanced degree in Marine Biology because you took a casual interest in going to aquariums.

What does this look like in practical terms? People at the gym messing around with 3lb dumbbells for reasons other than physiotherapy.

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Lemmings aren't actually known for being stupid and flinging themselves off cliffs.

Disney killed them and staged their adorable little suicides.

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I don't know if this fits, but the fact that men and women have the same amount of ribs. I still find people today that were raised believing that men have one less.

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That you can lose money on a raise if it puts you into a new tax bracket.

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House hippos... I want to believe...

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Not eating Gluten helps you lose weight. It doesn't harm your body nor does it benefit your body. It's just a protein. The only reason why they have gluten free products is for those who have an intolerance to Gluten. Stop trying to be pretentious and just eat like a normal person

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Cleansing shakes, and wraps.

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That blood is blue in your veins and turns red outside the body.

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Saying we only use 10% of our brain.

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Entering your PIN code in reverse while withdrawing money from an ATM will silently alert the police while completing the transaction.

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The "law" that an undercover police officer is required to tell you if they are a cop.

Spoiler: They don't.

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Reality TV. Not just the obvious ones either, everything seems to be scripted these days.

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The Handmaid's Tale, Margaret Atwood's searing novel, was written at the height of the Reagan administration and satirized political, social, and religious trends of the 1980s. It's also a hit television series on Hulu that returns on June 5.

While we still have a long way to go before we can find out what's next for June/Offred in the Republic of Gilead, we can, at the very least, regale you with some cool facts about one of the most enduring stories of the last three decades.

The Trailer for Season 3 Plays Off a Slogan from the Reagan Era

Perhaps the best thing that came out of the Super Bowl––aside from the memes haggling Maroon 5 frontman Adam Levine, that is––was the trailer for the third season of the Hulu series.

The trailer lampoons former President Ronald Regan's 1984 "Morning in America" political campaign television commercial.

"It's morning again in America," you hear over a soundtrack and images that resound with boundless optimism. Things turn dark from there. Soon the camera freezes on Elisabeth Moss's face: "Wake up, America," she says.

Margaret Atwood's Follow-Up Will Be Released Later This Year

Margaret Atwood will release a sequel to The Handmaid's Tale titled The Testaments in September 2019. The Testaments is unconnected to Hulu's adaptation and will feature the testimonials of three female narrators from Gilead.

This literary device keeps with the metafictional epilogue that follows Offred's story in the original novel. The novel ends much in the way Season 1 ends: with Offred entering the van at Nick's insistence. The epilogue explains how the events of the novel were recorded onto cassette tapes after the beginning of what scholars have come to describe as "The Gilead Period." An interview with a noted academic implies that a more equitable society, one with full rights for women and freedom of religion restored, emerged following the collapse of the Republic of Gilead.

Serena Joy Waterford Is Likely Based On A Noted Conservative Activist

As the series goes on, we learn more about Serena Joy Waterford (Yvonne Strahovski) and her beginnings.

Serena was a conservative activist who, along with her husband Fred, spearheaded the Puritan movement that ultimately gave rise to Gilead. Inspired by women whom she perceives to have "abandoned" their families in the name of female autonomy, Serena Joy delivers impassioned speeches at venues around the nation calling for policies that would place women back in the home. She even wrote a bestselling book, A Woman's Place, that served as the vessel for much of her conservative dogma and inspired many of the Commander's Wives who become her friends and neighbors.

Serena was likely based on conservative activist Phyllis Schlafly, who established herself over many years as one of the fiercest antifeminist and anti-abortion advocates in the United States. Schlafly was also a vociferous opponent of the Equal Rights Amendment, which she considered an attack against traditional gender roles.

The 1990 Film Adaptation Had a Messy Production

A film version of The Handmaid's Tale was released in 1990. It starred Natasha Richardson as Offred, Faye Dunaway as Serena Joy, Robert Duvall as Commander Waterford, Aidan Quinn as Nick, Victoria Tennant as Aunt Lydia, and Elizabeth McGovern as Moira.

The film was not well received and had a messy production. Director Volker Schlöndorff replaced original director Karel Reisz amid internal bickering over a screenplay by Harold Pinter. Schlöndorff asked for rewrites, and Pinter, who was reluctant to do them, directed him to author Margaret Atwood, who was one of several who ended up making changes to Pinter's screenplay.

Pinter told his biographer years later [as quoted in Harold Printer, p. 304] that:

It became … a hotchpotch. The whole thing fell between several shoots. I worked with Karel Reisz on it for about a year. There are big public scenes in the story and Karel wanted to do them with thousands of people. The film company wouldn't sanction that so he withdrew. At which point Volker Schlondorff came into it as director. He wanted to work with me on the script, but I said I was absolutely exhausted. I more or less said, 'Do what you like. There's the script. Why not go back to the original author if you want to fiddle about?' He did go to the original author. And then the actors came into it. I left my name on the film because there was enough there to warrant it—just about. But it's not mine'.

Star Natasha Richardson reportedly felt "cast adrift" when much of Offred's interior monologue was sacrificed as a result of cuts made to the screenplay.

The Film and TV Series Aren't The Only Adaptations of This Seminal Work

There are several different adaptations of Atwood's seminal work, including, but not limited to:

  • an audiobook read by Homeland actress Claire Danes that won the 2013 Audie Award for Fiction
  • a concept album by Canadian band Lakes of Canada
  • a radio adaptation produced in 2000 for BBC Radio 4
  • an operatic adaptation that premiered in 2000 and was the opening production of the 2004–2005 season of the Canadian Opera Company.

Elisabeth Moss, the Star of the Hulu Series, is a Scientologist

Between The West Wing, Mad Men, Top of the Lake, and The Handmaid's Tale, Elisabeth Moss has a reputation for starring in critically acclaimed television shows.

Much has been made, however, of her casting as Offred. Moss was born into the Scientologist belief system, which the German government has classified as an "anti-constitutional sect," the French government has classified as a cult, and the American government has allowed individuals to practice freely though not without considerable contention. Moss also identifies as a feminist.

Asked by a fan about the parallels between Gilead and Scientology (namely the belief that "outside forces" are inherently "evil") Moss responded:

"That's actually not true at all about Scientology. Religious freedom and tolerance and understanding the truth and equal rights for every race, religion and creed are extremely important to me. The most important things to me probably. And so Gilead and THT hit me on a very personal level."

An Episode During Season 2 Highlighted President Donald Trump's Border Crisis

Last summer, President Donald Trump and his administration created a crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border when he and Jeff Sessions, his former attorney general, announced their "zero tolerance" family separations policy. The president blamed Democrats for the policy, imploring them to "start thinking about the people devastated by Crime coming from illegal immigration."

As images and stories of children ripped away from their parents at the border began to circulate, the Season 2 episode "The Last Ceremony" showed just how timely the show really is: After Offred is raped by the Waterfords, Commander Waterford (Joseph Fiennes) allows June/Offred (Elisabeth Moss) to visit her daughter, Hannah, in an undisclosed location. June is given 10 minutes with her daughter before a guard forcibly separates them again.

The episode, written well before the crisis was initiated, premiered just as Homeland Security admitted that more than 2,300 children had been separated from their parents.

Another Episode During Season 2 Appeared to Predict Canada-U.S. Relations

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In Season 2, Kate Bush's "This Woman's Work" Becomes an Ode to Female Resilience

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Pray God you can cope
I'll stand outside
This woman's work
This woman's world
Ooooh it's hard on a man
Now his part is over
Now starts the craft of the FatherI
know you've got a little life in you left
I know you've got a lot of strength left
I know you've got a little life in you yet
I know you've got a lot of strength left
I should be crying but I just can't let it show
I should be hoping but I can't stop thinking
All the things we should've said that I never said
All the things we should have done that we never did
All the things we should have given but I didn't
Oh darling make it go
Make it go away
















"It was shattering and perfect," said Bruce Miller, who created the Hulu Handmaid's Tale adaptation. "One of the things I really like about the song is that on its face, there's a bit of very interesting lyrical play. It's nice that that's going on while you're watching."

"The Handmaid's Tale" Was the First Streamed Series to Win the Best Drama Series Emmy

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