Debunking Ridiculous Scientific Facts
Well maybe not facts, but these "facts" have been around for eons it seems getting repeated and repeated and taught until they seem to be undistributed gems that will help you with life.
Some of these were taught by parents and teachers from scientific hypothesis that may have been debunked previously, but without the advent of the internet or the information age they were seen as fact and taught almost as law.
Some make sense, and some are ridiculous. However, people for the longest time actually believed them and still kind of do to this day, so prepare to have your minds blown.
GUM GETS STUCK IN YOUR GUT FOR 7 YEARS IF SWALLOWED
Contrary to popular belief of you, and your teachers, gum is not a thing that is JUST STUCK IN YOU if you swallow it. I remember my music instructor telling the class that she read about a kid getting a giant ball of gum surgically removed after they swallowed too much gum. It scared the you-know-what out of all of us. Turns out pennies, corn and other non-digestibles including gum, just pass on through. Why? Because the body can't use it for anything.
WE ONLY USE 10% OF OUR BRAINS
This myth is still quite popular with people, but just simply isn't true. Somewhere someone convinced a ton of people that they need to reach the full capabilities of the mind to "seize the day" or something. The brain is working inside of you constantly, even when asleep. Turns out if we only used 10% percent of the brain's capabilities, we would not be walking, or talking, or even thinking really. just running parts of the body somehow, just sitting there.
ONE CATCH A COLD BEING OUTSIDE WITHOUT A HAT OR WET HAIR
I believed this one for the longest time after a grown-up yelled at me for having an exposed head with wet hair in a Montana winter. Other things like hypothermia might happen, but you catch a cold from a virus. If you put that hat on after infection, you'll still get everyone in your family sick.
WAITING TO SWIM 30 MINUTES AFTER EATING
This might be the one EVERYONE thinks about as scientific fact. It's hard to argue with ground rules set by parents during a birthday party when you're seven. They tell you to wait so the chances of you drowning dilute with every passing minute you wait to get back into the pool. The Mayo Clinic has said that there isn't any scientific evidence saying that one can drown after scarfing a ton of pizza down and jumping in a pool. However, people at times do not realize that swimming uses a multitude of muscles including that abs and the mid section to swim. Try to be careful after you eat when swimming, you might barf all that pizza up.
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