25 Disproven Myths That People Still Believe

Posted by , Updated on March 3, 2017

Do you believe in disproven myths? You may think you don’t but you might. As people, it can be hard to confront new information, especially when it challenges our preconceived notion of the world. For example, sugar makes kids hyper right? Science says otherwise. Of course, there are reasons that we believe what we do, but those reasons usually aren’t what we think they are. In fact, they often say more about us than they do the world. We’re stubborn and look for things that confirm our point of view. These are 25 Disproven Myths That People Still Believe.

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10

Microwaves can give you cancer

microwaveSource: cancercouncil.com.au

No they can’t, and the reason is fairly simple. They are not “ionizing.” Only high frequency UV radiation, X-rays, and gamma rays have enough energy to free electrons from molecules. Worry about the sun…not your microwave.

Note: your cellphone falls into the same category. It doesn’t emit ionizing radiation, so don’t worry.

9

Napoleon was short

napoleonSource: todayifoundout.com, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain: author's life +70 yrs or less)

He actually wasn’t that short, even by today’s standards. And for his time, he was tall (~5’7 when the average was ~5’5) Note: this was measured using the French inch which is different from the English inch.

8

Einstein failed in school

einsteinSource: content.time.com, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

He didn’t even come close to failing. He received 6’s in almost every subject, which was the highest you could get in Switzerland at the time.

7

The Earth is flat

flat earthSource: vice.com, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Yes, people actually believe this. There is even a Flat Earth Society.

6

The moon landings were faked

moonSource: nerdest.com, Image: https://www.flickr.com (no known copyright restrictions)

1) If they were really faked, the Soviets would have relished in proving to the world how the Americans had faked a moon landing. 2) If NASA faked a few moon landings, why would they stop? 3) The technology to fake something of that magnitude just didn’t exist in the 1960’s. 4) We left mirrors on the moon so that we could measure the exact distance from Earth using lasers. Those mirrors are still there, and if you get yourself a strong enough laser you can make the measurements as well (Lunar Laser Ranging Experiment).


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