Fact or Fiction: 15 Silly Myths Some People Might Actually Believe

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Many people believe something that makes absolutely no sense to others. It can guide our thinking and behavior without us even realizing it. Here are 15 silly myths that some people surprisingly believe despite them being realistically incorrect. 

1. If You Drop a Penny off a Skyscraper

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Have you ever heard the saying “If you drop a penny off a skyscraper, it will eventually fall fast enough to puncture someone’s skull.” One astute person points out that with this logic, raindrops would [really] hurt, or straight up end your life. 

2. Reading of the Will

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One estate lawyer says clients often expect them to gather the whole family to read the will aloud. In reality, they email everyone a personal copy. It’s not like the movies.

3. Black Belts Have to Register Their Fists as Weapons

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Although many gyms make it very clear to their students that they can’t go around starting street fights, the myth that you need to register your fists as weapons is untrue. 

4. Detox Drinks

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The liver and kidneys are natural cleansers and the body does not need something to purify it. Someone who used to sell juice cleanses said detox drinks feel like they’re working because you’re giving your body a break by laying off alcohol and cheeseburgers.

5. A Unibrow Means Good Luck

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In some cultures, a unibrow means good luck. One person who thought this kept their unibrow until they were diagnosed with stage five kidney failure. They got their eyebrows shaped and done by a professional after that. 

6. You Eat Spiders in Your Sleep

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Many believe that humans unknowingly eat spiders in their sleep. However, spiders will not knowingly walk into the mouth of a predator. They sense noise, heat, and a heartbeat from humans, which alerts them not to go near their mouths. 

7. Gum Takes Seven Years To Pass Through Your Digestive System

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Biologically, this myth cannot be accurate. However, many people believe that their mothers used this phrase as a tactic to stop them from constantly swallowing their gum. 

8. Shaving Makes Your Hair Grow Back Thicker

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This was another myth that mothers used to get their kids to hold off on shaving for a little longer. One cosmetologist says your hair might look a little thicker after shaving as it all grows from the same point with blunt, even edges. Still, it will eventually start to look the same as it used to.

9. You Can Influence the Gender of Your Unborn Child

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Some people still believe that you can influence the gender of your unborn child by eating certain foods. 

10. Humans Use 10% Of Their Brain

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One person pointed out that “this is false,” regardless of how those who proclaim this myth demonstrate it is true.

11. Blood Is Blue Inside the Body

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One myth that people believe is that blood is blue inside the body and then turns red when it hits oxygen. Blood can appear blue due to the light moving over the skin and blood vessels. However, blood carries oxygen throughout the body, so this is untrue. 

12. MSG is Not Good for You

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Many people demonize MSG and believe it’s horrible for humans. In truth, too much of anything is bad for you, and many dishes and foods have a little sprinkle or two of MSG for flavor. 

13. Black Cats Are Evil

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Because of this myth, black cats are usually not adopted from shelters and are often euthanized more than cats of different colors. 

14. If You Touch a Baby Bird, Its Mother Will Abandon It

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Some people believe that if you touch a baby bird, you will leave your scent on it, and the mother will abandon it. This belief is untrue, but one biologist says that you might scare the mother bird away if you make too much noise or interact with her nest too much.

15. Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice

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One person shares that in reality, lightning strikes certain areas more than others, like high points or metal rods, disproving the likelihood of this myth. 

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12 Cities People Voted Are the Snobbiest in America, Do You Agree?

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America comprises of small towns, medium-sized cities, and huge metropolitan regions. Some places are known for being warm and welcoming. In contrast, other sites have well-earned reputations for being incredibly “stuck up.” When users from an Americana-themed discussion forum were asked to name the most pretentious areas in the country, they were more than happy to offer their opinions.

12 Cities People Voted Are the Snobbiest in America, Do You Agree?

15 Countries That Serve up the BEST Street Food Experiences

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There’s something about the vibrance of street food, the richness in flavor, and the rawness of surrounding cultural scenes. Not only is street food more affordable for travelers, but it grants a more authentic experience since this is where natives also gather and convene.

With that said, here are 15 countries serving up the best street food experiences, as voted on by an online foodie forum.

15 Countries That Serve up the BEST Street Food Experiences

20 Most Dangerous Countries in the World Tourists Should Avoid in 2023

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Wanderlust may take you all over the world, but some countries are too dangerous to visit, and knowing which are best avoided in 2023 could keep you safe.

Let’s take a closer look at a list of the most dangerous countries in the world based on data from the World Population Review.

20 Most Dangerous Countries in the World Tourists Should Avoid in 2023

12 Countries You Should AVOID as a Solo Woman Traveling According to Travelers

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Traveling the world is one of life’s biggest joys, but for women embarking on solo journeys, trips to new countries can be stressful and sometimes dangerous. Recently, women met in an online discussion to reveal the countries any solo female traveler should avoid due to a higher likelihood of encountering dangerous situations.

12 Countries You Should AVOID as a Solo Woman Traveling According to Travelers

14 Cities in the USA That Are Criminally Underrated According to Americans

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Everyone’s idea of a vacation or road trip is a little different. There are certain cities we gravitate towards more often, like San Francisco, NYC, or L.A. Have you considered exploring a new city that’s underrated and, perhaps, under appreciated? Check out these U.S. cities that a popular travel forum voted as “criminally underrated.”

14 Cities in the USA That Are Criminally Underrated According to Americans

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Jordy Johnson

Jordy gave up her home base to travel South Africa and experience more of her country. From that decision, she’s landed work as a travel writer for a magazine that showcases southern Africa and has grown her Instagram travel page, WeTheWests. She enjoys showing locals and foreigners all the beautiful and unique places and experiences South Africa and the rest of the world have to offer.

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