25 Popular Myths Debunked

Posted by , Updated on December 5, 2014

Many times the things we think of as common knowledge are little more than myths and urban legends. So, while there may be some experienced myth busters among you, we know that others of you will probably have to face some hard facts by the time you reach the bottom. At any rate, this list is by no means exhaustive so if you have any other popular myths or urban legends on your mind go ahead and leave a comment.

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10

Chewing gum will stay in your stomach for 7 years

gum

No it won’t. It’s true that it doesn’t digest but that doesn’t mean it lingers in your stomach forever. It will come out with everything else, probably looking a lot like it did when it first went down.

9

Sushi is raw fish

sushi

Although this may be true it is not necessarily true. Raw fish is probably the most popular variety but there are several other types. To be even more accurate sushi is actually the “rice-vinegar” whereas sashimi is the raw fish. Usually sashimi is used as a topping but so is nori (dried seaweed) and various other vegetables.

8

Cracking your knuckles leads to arthritis

Cracking Knuckles

According to the latest research this is false. So for all of you crackheads out there, you are lucky, your knuckles will remain crackable.

7

Thomas Crapper invented the toilet

Toilet

It would be funny no doubt, but to say he invented the toilet is a stretch. It is true, however, that he was heavily involved in the popularization of the flush toilet and made several important improvements to its functionality. So, it still is pretty funny.

6

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo

duck quacking

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.

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