50 Common Misconceptions/Untrue Urban Legends

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From Viking helmets to goldfish only having 3 seconds of memory, to goldfish only having 3 seconds of memory, we count 50 common misconceptions you have about the world.

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 If you cut an earthworm in half you aren’t making two worms, you’re just chopping a perfectly nice worm in half, so put those scissors down, go to your room and think about what you’ve done.

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viking helmet

 When you think of a Viking you think of a gruff Scandinavian in a horned helmet doing horrible things to villagers, but in actual fact Vikings never wore horned helmets, this was made up in the 1800s for the opera.

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 Neither frogs nor toads can give you warts, so don’t blame the toad landing on your appendage while you were sunning on your downstairs problems.

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There’s a widespread belief in Korea that having a fan on your face for too long will kill you, this is known as ‘fan death’; because of this, most fans sold in South Korea come with a mandatory timer. This is a complete fallacy.

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Goldfish have a memory much longer than 3 seconds.

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Greater short-nosed fruit bat (Cynopterus sphinx)

 Also bats aren’t actually blind, that’s right, they have sonar and a decent sense of sight, you better watch out because they’re coming to get you.

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If I were to ask you of a famous short person, chances are you’re going to think of Napoleon, well he was actually of average height and this misconception was spread as propaganda by the British.

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Many people have heard, or feared of children’s Halloween candy being tampered with in America, but there has never actually been any reported cases this happening, so your child that’s acting suspiciously like they’ve had LSD is just being a kid.

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plane toilet

No aeroplane has ever intentionally jettisoned septic waste and on the occasion it happens by accident it collects on the plane as blue ice; why is it blue? The Illuminati.

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glass not super cooled liquid

If you’ve ever seen glass windows that have been around for one hundred or more years you might have noticed it looks like it’s thicker on the bottom than the top; some people say that this is because glass is a super-cooled liquid and so it slowly drips down over the years. This is completely wrong, people were just shit at making glass back then.

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