Even in this day and age when there is internet available to solve our information-related problems, there exist commonly held misconceptions. They are engrained in our heads so deep that it's hard for us to question them at all.
Here are just a few of them:
Sugar makes kids hyper
Moms around the world may disagree, but science has rejected this belief.
Mommy Bird will ditch her baby
If a human hand touches a baby bird or an egg, its mother will abandon it. Parents made up this lie so that children wouldn't play with the eggs and kill the birds or bring home diseases.
Cop can catch you
Actually that's a fact. The myth is that if you ask a cop if they're a cop, and they say no, they can't arrest you for anything after that, or it would be entrapment. This urban myth got busted in Breaking Bad but not everyone has seen the AMC series.
This guy can solve all your techy problems
Computer science students are tech geniuses who can troubleshoot all the computer-related problems. No, they're not.
Earth Was Flat?
Most people in Columbus' time thought that the Earth was flat and that Columbus was going to fall off the Earth.
Nope our forefathers weren't as stupid as you think. They knew that the Earth was round. The reason they ridiculed Columbus might be that they thought that he would starve and dehydrate during the course of his long journey.
Blood Is Blue?
Blood in our body is blue until it contacts the oxygen in the air and turns red. People believe this even in this day and age. Madness!
The world is a more dangerous place, and getting more dangerous. Nope, it's not. In fact, we are less likely to die through violence (war or crime) now than at any point in history. The men of eras gone by were far more savage beasts than us.
FBI statistics shows violent crimes have been decreasing for decades. Other countries' law enforcement show similar statistics.
Einstein Wasn't a Born Genius?
Einstein was bad at math in school. No he wasn't. He had taught himself integral and differential calculus by the age of 15. It is just something that is used as a motivational tool to give bad students hope.
Jurassic Park movies may show otherwise, but in reality, Velociraptors were quite small.
Red Hair Going Extinct
A report claimed a few years ago that red hair will go extinct in the coming future due to its recessive trait. It was a hoax.
Teaching teenagers about contraceptives will flip a switch in their brain and make them start having sex before they're ready.
Cracking Knuckles Causes Arthritis
You can get arthritis for cracking your bones. No proof for it.
Shaving You Hair Will Make It Grow Thicker
The hair quality doesn't change from shaving. It's just that the new hair is yet to be damaged by the Sun's heat and hasn't been through tons of shampooing like the old one.