40 Really Annoying Myths

“That vaccines cause autism, are made by the government to control you etc etc.”

“That certain animal ‘parts’ have healing/magical properties. Like tiger whiskers protect the wearer or rhino horn cures impotence and hangovers.”

“That gold fish can life in small fish bowls. Worst possible thing to do to them. They die so quickly because they are messy fish and ultimate swimming in toxic water. The need twice the water a regular fish needs to dilute the ammonia their food and waste create. Goldfish can grow up to 12-14 inches and live 10-15 years in a proper habitat! Just because your parents’ parent did this or you see them at the fair doesn’t mean it’s right. Same goes for most animals kept in small cages/tanks. If you aren’t going to do it right, then you should not own that pet. Do your research. End rant ha”

“Not sure if this fits here exactly, but the McDonald’s hot coffee lawsuit being a frivolous case filed by a money hungry customer. That poor lady was a real victim who suffered legitimate injuries who only wanted her medical costs covered.”

“Poor people are poor because they don’t know how to manage their money”

“You can “detox” your body from toxins and parasites by drinking certain teas or taking some weird medication.

Repeated diarrhea and frequent urination doesn’t indicate toxins leaving your body, your liver and kidneys do the job. If your liver is not functioning or you have a kidney disorder, obviously you need help but it won’t be teas that someone on Instagram is boasting about.”

“That the customer is always right.”

“Fish only have a 5 second memory. My fish are fed automatically on a timer and they know dinner time better than my goddamn cat.”

“Many people still believe hymens are like plastic food seals that cover up the hole and get popped when you have sex for the first time, and if a girl doesn’t bleed she’s not a virgin.”

“That violence in the world is getting worse and worse. Actually, in relation to the world’s population we live in the most non-violent era in history. The problem is that, while 500 years ago you might have not even heard all the news from within your city, we can now hear all the horrible news from all over the world (and we’re also more people). But still, human interaction and conflict in general is much less violent than it used to be.”

“That historically, corsets were extremely dangerous. That is false. “Tightlacing”, which is basically just what’s seen in the movies, where they make the corset as tight as they can, was not very common, and only used in the extremely upper class. Most people wore corsets completely safely, lacing down very little, if at all. Women climbed mountains, biked, did sports, and everything, in corsets.”

“That if you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it because of the smell. Birds actually have a very bad sense of smell.”

“The five second rule.”

“Astrology: that your horoscope tells something about your personality”

“People with OCD just repeatedly wash their hands and like things clean and organized. This is how it presents in some people. There is so much more to this mental illness that people aren’t aware of that lead to people not getting diagnosed or help.”

“A lot of commonly believed stuff about the female reproductive system/anatomy, like vaginas getting loose if a woman has a lot of sex, or that having a lot of sex somehow drastically changes the look of a woman’s labia.”

“Flushable wipes are flushable”

“That woman can hold their period like we can hold our pee. I am still pissed at that teacher…”

“You swallow 8 spiders a year in your sleep. The thing was created to see how easily fake news spread.”

“You have to wait 24 hours before filing a missing person’s report.”

“That dairy cows just “make” milk.

Cows aren’t any different than the rest of the mammals. They make milk when they have a baby. Humans just take the baby away after it’s born.”

“The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space. First of all, it’s not, and second, other ones are.”

“That carrots improve eyesight. It was actually British propaganda from World war II, I think to explain how they kept on shooting down German planes at night, in order to conceal their invention of a new type of radar I believe. More funny than annoying, I just want to say it.”

“Organic means no pesticides used. As I understand it, it means that no synthetic pesticides were used.”

“Schizophrenia is the same thing as Multiple Personality Disorder”

“Not a myth per se, but the number of people who grossly misunderstand how evolution and natural selection works is crazy high.”

“MSG – a lot of people still believe it’s basically poison. It’s no more harmful than regular salt.”

“I have a black cat with white spots on her belly and people have made comments about never having a black cat because they are bad luck or evil. Dude, it’s a cat. Also, hear often comments regarding not breaking mirrors or sweeping over someone’s feet. Its 2021 we really still believe this?!”

“Scholars in the middle ages didn’t believe the Earth was flat. The ancient Greeks knew that [stuff] was false. The myth of the flat earth was a post-Romanticism fancy in pop culture, not a serious scholarly movement.

That line from Men In Black has pissed me off ever since I learned the truth.”

“That cutting your hair off makes it grow in thicker.”

“Ostriches bury their head in the sand when confronted. The fact that Ostrich legs and claws are powerful enough to kill any predator makes a mockery of the myth. In actual fact, they don’t make nests but bury their eggs in warm soft soil. They then frequently turn the eggs over in the ground to stop them overheating giving the appearance that they are sticking their heads in the ground from a distance.”

“Cracking your knuckles makes them bigger/gives you arthritis.

This is an ongoing battle between myself and my older coworkers.”

“We only use 10% of our brains. If you don’t know what 100% is, then how do you determine what 10% is.”

“Shark fins / shark products are great for health”

“If you lift your hands above your head while pregnant you will strangle the baby. I am sure it was started by smart women who didn’t want to do all the housework while pregnant and tired. I still hear it every now and again.”

“People think bats are blind. They aren’t.”

“That myth about how nasa invented ballpoint pens for space while the USSR just used pencils… basically completely untrue”

“That Napoleon was short. He was average height”

“The highest tax rate means your entire income is taxed at that rate”

“Bulls get angry when they see the color red. It’s not true..

Bulls are actually red-green colorblind. What actually triggers the bull’s anger is the movement in front of them.”

“Einstein was bad at school math.”

“That Vikings wore horns on their helmets.”

“That you can spot-reduce fat. Far too many quacks on the internet talking about “toning” and “melting belly fat” with a hundred sit-ups a day.”

“Black belts have to register their fists as weapons… I can’t believe I was dumb enough to fall for that.”

“Lightning never strikes the same place twice.”

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