Fake facts time! In honor of the current climate surrounding fake news etc, I thought it was time to create a list of fake facts that people commonly hold as true. Don’t worry though, you won’t find anything political in my list.
Fake Facts – It Just Ain’t True!
Cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis. Nope. Absolutely no evidence of this. Although not fully understood yet, it is thought the cracking sound is actually the build up of nitrogen bubbles between the joints. Source.
We only use 10% of our brains. Now, I know that occasionally you will meet someone who will absolutely make you believe they only use 10% of their brain, but it’s categorically false. The whole brain is active almost all of the time. Source.
You can catch a cold by going out in the cold. Our survey said……..No. A cold is a virus and can be contracted in a number of ways. Being cold is not one of them. Source.
Eating carrots improves your eyesight. This one was started by the British in World War 2 as a way to mislead the Germans over why they could see and shoot down their planes at night. The real reason? Radar. Source.
Tic Tacs are sugar-free. Actually, tic tacs are almost completely made out of sugar. Because the serving size is less than half a gram, the FDA require the nutritional labelling to state that there are 0 grams of sugar. Source.
Saint Patrick is not Irish. He was born in Roman Britain to a wealthy family. At the age of 16 he was kidnapped and taken to Ireland as a slave. During which time he found God. Source.
Einstein failed maths. I mean come on, really? Source.
Undercover cops have to fess up if I ask. Yep, they are definitely going to do that. Otherwise it’s entrapment, right? Nope. Entrapment only applies if the police are trying to get you to commit a crime you had no intention of committing. Source.
The Pilgrims landed at Plymouth Rock. This one is less cut and dried. No contemporary accounts mention the rock. The story was first started by Thomas Faunce, an acquaintance of the earliest Pilgrims, who remembered hearing the story as a boy. Source.
Napoleon was short. At 5″ 7 Inches (170cm), Napoleon was actually considered above average height for his time. The short myth comes again from the British. From 1803 onwards, the British press began mocking him as a small, bad-tempered man. Source.
Throw a penny off the Empire State building and it would kill someone on the sidewalk. Unfortunately, or fortunately, depending on how you look at it, its not possible. A penny is light and tumbles when falling. Meaning it’s terminal velocity is only around 30 – 50 mph. It would hurt, but it would not kill you. Source.
3 Wise Men visit Baby Jesus. In the Bible, 3 wise men follow a star to bring gifts to the infant Jesus. Except, it doesn’t. Nowhere in the Bible does it state any of that. These are all later embellishments. Source.
Wait 24 hours to file a missing persons report. I googled this for sources and it seems this lie is believed the world over. I had ones from the USA, UK and Australia! When in actual fact, there is no wait period. In fact, not alerting the authorities straight away can actually hinder them from finding the person safe and well. Source.