7 False Facts That Made You Sound Stupid

A lot of you probably “didn’t know” that some of the information that you absorbed growing up may have been “False”. I understand that sharing new knowledge with others makes you feel good. “You learn something new every day” is the usual response of people who just agree with you. Do they do this because they have no immediate source to verify if your facts are true or do they immediately trust everything they hear? I know some people who stay quiet after hearing false facts and then laugh about it behind the persons back. It’s mean but so true.

Here’s my list of 7 False Facts That Made You Sound Stupid?

  1. Did you know that Pineapples grow on trees?

This one is totally “Wrong”.  I know of one person who had lied to my face with this one. It starts with a story about their childhood of how they had to help their uncle climb trees to cut down pineapples back home.

 

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He is not climbing a pineapple tree. Don’t assume that every tropical tree produces something edible.

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This is exactly what a pineapple plant looks like.

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A field of pineapples.

  1. Velociraptors are the size of humans or bigger.

This one is “False” unless they had some type of growth enhancing hormones back then(very unlikely). The Velociraptor is the same size of a domesticated Turkey and weighs between 20-30 pounds when matured to an adult. To be honest, I’d be scared of these smaller Raptors than the ones you see in the movie “Jurassic Park”.

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Velociraptor size in real life.

  1. Mosquitoes have teeth and that’s why it’s a “Mosquito Bite”.

Mosquitoes “do not” have teeth, they have a “Proboscis” which is an elongated tube that is part of the mouth. The Proboscis has “47” sharp edges on the tip of it, which is used to penetrate through the skin and even clothing. In layman’s terms, a sharp straw that mosquitoes use to cut through you to get a drink of your blood. Some online sources claimed that this is where people misunderstood for mosquitoes having teeth, the birth of the name “Mosquito Bite”.

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A mosquito using its proboscis to feed.

  1. Waking up a sleepwalker will put them in shock, give them a heart attack or place them in a coma.

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False!  A sleepwalker is in a stage of deep sleep and waking them up is fine. There have been no cases linked to a sleepwalker going into a coma or having a heart attack shortly after being woken up. There are a few incidents where a sleepwalker tripped and hurt themselves and one rare  case where a 15-year-old girl woke up on a crane at a construction site. Sometimes people who sleepwalk will prepare a meal or even turn on a TV and flip the channels while asleep.

The person doing the waking is more likely to be in danger.

When woken up abruptly, the sleepwalker will experience ‘Sleep Inertia” which cognitively impairs them for a short period and up to 30 minutes. The sleepwalker will get startled and may push the waker or attack due to confusion and not being able to recognise you.

It is recommended that you should guide the sleepwalker back to bed to avoid any aggressive behaviour.

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The waker should be cautious when waking up the sleepwalker.

  1. Sitting too close to the TV will damage your eyes.

It’s a Myth! Kids are able to focus at closer distances better than adults could. Parents have been teaching this myth for many generations and need to stop doing that. Kids that eventually require glasses to see is not caused watching too close to the TV. In fact, poor eyesight can be caused by lack of exercise and poor diets that deprive the body of essential vitamins. So, watching really close to the TV will only cause eyestrain and nothing more.

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  1. Eating lots of carrots can improve your eyesight.

False Claim! Carrots contain vitamin A, which is an essential vitamin for good vision. First of all, there are no scientific claims that eating carrots will improve your eyesight. Vitamin A helps maintain good eye health and is not known to heal or improve damage eyesight.

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  1. Sections of the tongue are susceptible to different tastes: Salty, Bitter, sweet, sour and savoury

You’ve been “Lied” to by so many teachers. Finally, Scientists from around the world have put this myth to bed. The average person has 10,000 taste buds and is replaced roughly every 2 weeks. The thousands of taste buds actually have around 100 receptors per taste bud and sends a signal to the brain. Therefore, the neurons in the brain interpret the signals and decides what was just tasted.

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This tongue map is 100% false!

In point form:

  • The tongue contains around 10,000 taste buds
  • Taste buds detect all 5 primary tastes
  • Sensors all over the tongue send signals to the brain
  • The brain decides what taste was experienced
  • The tongue map is totally “FALSE”

Conclusion

At parties people will exchange information and also debate about a few things. It doesn’t hurt to double-check the information that you’ve come in contact with. #7 was something that I remember learning in school and it ended up being false. I wonder if there are more incorrect things that are taught to the students today.

It’s either, people have lots of trust in everything that they hear or people will always make errors and only a few will notice them. It’s your duty to keep current with your knowledge so that you don’t sound like an idiot while you preach it to others.

If you’d like me to elaborate more about anything from this list or suggest Myths for future posts, either contact me or comment on this post.