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Myths That You Always Thought Were Facts

We have five facts for you that turned out to be complete myths, and will destroy everything you thought you knew.

Like the rest of us, you’ve probably lived your whole life believing something to be a fact, until that embarrassing moment you say it in front of someone with confidence and they disprove it with the actual fact. Well, you shouldn’t be embarrassed about it, because myths are usually passed down through parents, marketing, or people who just like to make stuff up to give off the impression of intelligence.

We have collected 5 myths for you, that most people believe to be actual facts.

You only use 10% of your brain.

Well, consider this. If you only use 10% of your brain, than there wouldn’t be a need for the rest of it, and brain damage wouldn’t have been an issue. But contrary to popular believe you use all parts of your brain, and despite its relatively small size, it uses up 20% of the body’s consumption of oxygen and energy.

Bats are blind.

You’ve probably heard the saying “blind as a bat”. Well, the fact is that all 1,100 known species of bats have both eyes, and pretty good vision. However, their night vision isn’t as proficient as those of other night hunters. This is why bats rely on echolocation to navigate through the darkness.

Lightning never strikes the same place twice.

Maybe this was a lie made up to comfort the weak hearted, but lightning is actually known to strike the same location multiple times during electrical storms. A good example is the Empire State Building in New York City, which gets hit by lightning about 100 times a year.

Cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis.

Everyone’s mother told them that cracking one’s knuckles would give them arthritis, but it couldn’t be further from the truth. First of all, there’s no bones cracking when you pull on your fingers or push on your knuckles, the sound you hear are air bubbles trapped between the joints escaping. The real cause of osteoarthritis are old age, injuries, weight and even genetics.

The memory of a Goldfish.

The myth that a Goldfish can only remember something for 3 seconds came out long before Finding Nemo, but the logic behind it is unclear. In reality, Goldfish have pretty good memory and can remember things for up to 3 months and more.

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