21 Annoying Myths You Probably Still Believe But Shouldn't
Bats aren't blind and fish have a much better memory than you think.
We've all grown up believing something that turned out to be a total lie (hello, SANTA?!). But some myths stand the test of time longer than others. So, when Reddit user u/Eichberg posed the question, "What is an annoying myth people still believe?" the AskReddit community brought up some very eye-opening myths that might surprise even you.
Here are some of the top responses:
2. You have to wait 24 hours before filing a missing persons report.
"In fact, by federal law, missing juveniles must be listed as missing within two hours of the report to local law enforcement agencies, no matter how recently they've gone missing, unless they are located within that time."
6. You can "detox" your body from toxins and parasites by drinking certain teas.
"Repeated diarrhea and frequent urination doesn't indicate toxins leaving your body, your liver and kidneys do the job. If your liver is not functioning or you have a kidney disorder, obviously you need help, but it won't be teas that someone on Instagram is boasting about."
11. People in the middle ages believed the Earth was flat.
"The ancient Greeks knew that shit was false. The myth of the flat earth was a post-Romanticism fancy in pop culture, not a serious scholarly movement. That line from Men in Black has pissed me off ever since I learned the truth."
18. A higher tax rate means your entire income is taxed at that rate.
"Oh boy, this is a big one. I hear people all the time that say, 'I don’t want a raise ‘cause it’ll put me in a higher tax bracket, and I’ll make less money than I do now because they’ll take more taxes.' Like, no. They only take that percentage from the ADDITIONAL money you’ll be making. You’ll still be making more money!"
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