25 Common Myths You Won’t Believe Are Actually True

We all love debunking myths in popular culture. Television shows, podcasts, and documentaries have been dedicated to doing so. However, we rarely think about the common myths that are true. Here are 25 Common Myths You Won’t Believe Are Actually True.

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A large percentage of U.S. Currency contains cocaine.

United_States_one_dollar_bill,_obverseSource: www.cnn.com, Image: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain)

Though scientists say there’s not enough on money to cause health risks, cocaine binds to the green dye on dollar bills. Once one contaminated bill is put into a bank money machine, it contaminates all the other bills…and that’s how 90% of U.S. currency contains cocaine.


Water heated in a microwave can explode.

Microwave_oven_(interior)Source: http://lifehacker.com

While the chances are low, it’s still possible to super-heat your water in the microwave. Since you can’t control the temperature in the microwave, you’re better off just using a kettle.


A student mistakenly solved an impossible math problem.

MathSource: http://www.snopes.com

In 1939, George Bernard Dantzig arrived late to a statistics class at the University of California and found two math problems on the board. Mistakenly thinking they were his homework, he wrote them down. Of course, he didn’t know at the time that the problems were statistical theorems that hadn’t been proven yet. He took his “homework” home and worked out the proofs for the theorems.


Celery is a negative calorie food.

CelerySource: http://www.dailymail.co.uk, Image: https://pixabay.com (public domain)

Placing a man in a metabolic calorie chamber, researchers tested whether or not celery is indeed a negative-calorie food. He was fed 326 grams of raw celery worth 53 calories. During that time, he burned 72 calories. You burn more calories than you consume with celery, making it a negative calorie food.


Someone safely landed a plane in the middle of Manhattan. Twice.

Above_GothamSource: https://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com

Before Captain Sullenberger landed on the Hudson River, a man named Thomas Fitzpatrick landed in Manhattan twice. After making a bet, he stole a plane and landed it on St. Nicholas Avenue, right in front of the bar where he made the bet. Then, two years later, he did it again, both in narrow areas in the dark.

Photos: Feature Image: shutterstock, 24. Mk2010, Microwave oven (interior), CC BY-SA 3.0, 23. Max Pixel (public domain), 21. Anthony Quintano, Above Gotham, CC BY 2.0, 16. João Paulo Corrêa de Carvalho from [Manduri/SP] – [Bandeirantes/PR], Brasil, Toddy Dog, CC BY 2.0, 15. Ben Franske, 1930s Coca-Cola Neon Sign, CC BY-SA 4.0, 13. Tuxyso / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY-SA 3.0, Sleeping Beauty Castle Disneyland Anaheim 2013, CC BY-SA 3.0, 11. Tommy Lee Jones: Georges Biard, Tommy Lee Jones Cannes, CC BY-SA 3.0; Al Gore: https://commons.wikimedia.org (public domain), 9. Daniell Bohnhof / HOCH ZWEI, Moreno-Twins, CC BY-SA 3.0, 6. Mariordo Camila Ferreira & Mario Duran, The Pentagon DCA 08 2010 9854, CC BY-SA 3.0, 4. Steve from washington, dc, usa, American Beaver, CC BY-SA 2.0, 1. Photographer unknown, unmarked – older than 70 years, Einstein played the violin-The synagogue was a charity concert in Berlin – The Hungarian Pest Diary – Pictures Sunday – February 9th 1930, CC BY-SA 4.0

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