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Thursday, December 11, 2014

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Popular Myths That Have Been Proven to be False (35 pics)

Though the futuristic Pixar film "Wall-E" implies it, Twinkies do not have an infinite shelf life. It's actually about 45 days.
Contrary to countless sci-fi movie endings, there is no fire in outer space. Fire needs oxygen to exist, and there is no oxygen in space. Below is a scene from Star Trek III.

The beautiful rings of Saturn are not solid bands. The rings are comprised of individual dust and ice particles that range in size from microscopic to many feet long.

Contrary to what you learned in grade school, there are four states of matter, not three. Solid, liquid, gas, and plasma are the four states of matter you see every day.

Searing meat does not keep it moist. Searing will create a nice brown crust that is rich in flavor and can actually remove moisture.

The Hollywood Blockbuster "The Core" would have you believe that Earth's center is molten liquid. In fact, Earth's core is a dense sphere of nickel and iron with a diameter of about 700 miles.

Surprise: Killer whales are more closely related to dolphins than other whales.

Although most of us have experienced gravity only in the downward direction, gravity is not a downward force. Simply put, gravity sucks! And it sucks in all directions and dimensions.

Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer in many foods and is safe to ingest. MSG is often associated with Chinese Restaurant Syndrome, which describes a series of undesirable side effects like numbness at the back of the neck and a general sense of weakness. Eating to excess is more likely to cause these symptoms than consuming MSG.

Back in the day, sailors used the north star, Polaris, for navigation not because of its brightness but because it is the only star that does not appear to move over night. Polaris is not a single star, but is a triple-star system. None of these stars are even in the top 10 of the brightest stars in our night sky.

Contrary to popular belief, house flies do not have a life span of 24 hours. So, if you think it's better to wait for your uninvited house mate to die instead of chasing it down, think again. The common house fly can live for up to a month!

One dog year is not equivalent to seven human years. Dogs age most quickly during the first two years and after that it depends on the dog's breed. For some dog breeds, one year is equivalent to a 14-year-old human.

Not all tequila should come with a worm at the bottom. Only certain types of mezcals, another type of alcohol made from the agave plant, contain the worm — and it's actually an indication of low-quality alcohol or a marketing trick. The worm is a moth larva, and its presence indicates infestation.

Gun silencers cannot muffle the sound of an exploding weapon to a whisper. While it does work to muffle the weapon, the result is about as loud as a police siren, which is still one hundred times less loud than the gunfire without a silencer.

Dropping a penny from the Empire State building won't kill someone. The penny will top out at 50 miles per hour, which isn't fast enough to kill.

Black holes are not actually the color black. They look black when we observe them because they emit no form of visible light. One of the only ways we know black holes exist is because of the gravitational pull they have on stars that otherwise appear to be orbiting empty space.

The idea that T-Rex dinosaurs never used their baby forearms for anything isn't true. Research suggests that the males used their arms to pin down a fellow female during mating.

Although it is the closest planet to our sun, Mercury is not the hottest planet in the solar system. With an average surface temperature of 864 degrees Fahrenheit, Venus can melt lead and is the hottest planet in our solar system.

There's a common misconception that Albert Einstein was a terrible student in grade school and even failed mathematics. On the contrary, Einstein once said, "Before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus."

Don't hesitate to wake sleepwalkers. They'll be fine, and you might even save them from injury by tripping over something while sleepwalking.

Ostriches do not stick their heads in the sand when threatened. Actually they don't bury their heads at all. When threatened, ostriches flop on the ground and play dead.

Blondes and redheads are not "going extinct." Genes do not go extinct. Recessive genes, like the gene for red or blonde hair color, can be carried from generation to generation without emerging as a hair color.

Car tires do not protect you from getting electrocuted if your car is struck by lightning. It's actually your car's metal frame that conducts the electricity straight to the ground.

Unless you're one of the 1% of Americans who suffer from Celiac disease, gluten probably won't have a negative effect on you. So go ahead and eat that bagel, because studies show that you're going to get bloating and gas regardless of your gluten-free diet.

When our Sun reaches the end of its life in about four billion years, it will not explode, contrary to popular belief. It will slowly expand, eventually swallowing Earth in the process.

There's a myth that sunflower heads track the Sun as it moves across the sky throughout the day. Although sunflower heads are fixed, their buds do indeed track the sun before they bloom, and the resulting direction the heads face is a result of this behavior.

Daddy longlegs spiders (Pholcus phalangioides) can, in fact, pierce human skin with their small mouths. But don't worry, although they are the most venomous spider in the world, the small amount of venom they carry will cause only a mild burning sensation for a few seconds and nothing more.

Macintosh computers are not immune to viruses. You can find a list of "The Ten Most Dangerous Mac Viruses" on securitywatch.pcmag.com. About 80% of the computer industry is ruled by Windows, so hackers are merely attacking the majority.

Though it is referred to as a ‘banana tree’, the stem doesn’t contain true woody tissue. In reality it’s actually a herbaceous plant, or ‘herb’.

As much as your English teacher might not like it, ‘irregardless’ is a word. It’s considered non-standard and most people would prefer to use different forms of the word, but it is in fact a legitimate word.

Dogs don’t sweat through their tongues, they actually have very few sweat glands. When dogs get worked up they tend to pant, but that is not the same thing as sweating.

It’s common knowledge that Chameleons change colors but the reason for it is slightly more elusive. While most believe it is so that they can blend in with their surroundings, the primary reasons are to regulate their temperature or communicate with other chameleons.

So a ducks quack won’t echo? Go to a grocery store, buy some bread, find a lake, bait some ducks, catch one, release it under a bridge. If you do this correctly you will see why this myth is false.

You cannot develop arthritis from cracking your knuckles, so get to crackin’.

Vikings didn’t sport horns on their helmet. While helmets have been discovered with horns and wings, they were designated for priests to wear during ceremonies.


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