25 "Facts" Everyone Agrees Are True That Are...Wait A Minute...Completely False

    Jesus was born WHEN?!?

    1. I'm sure you've heard the warning that if you dropped a penny from the top of the Empire State Building, it could kill someone on the street below.

    empire state building

    This is simply false. It would not be able to gain enough velocity.

    hand holding two pennies

    2. If your dog has ever been sprayed by a skunk, you probably washed them in a bath of tomato juice.

    puppy staring at skunk

    However, tomato juice does nothing to counteract the smell, and it is as ineffective as using any other strongly scented item.

    tomato juice

    3. Many ships and planes have ~mysteriously~ vanished in the Bermuda Triangle...

    ship in Bermuda triangle storm

    ...but not significantly more than any other well-traveled waterways and oceans, as it turns out.

    bermuda triangle

    4. Has your mom ever told you to stock up on vitamin C during cold or flu season?

    vitamin C tablets

    Well, tell your mom she was wrong, because vitamin C supplements have little to no effect on preventing or shortening a cold.

    woman sneezing into a tissue

    5. If you're Christian, you probably celebrate Christmas, aka Jesus' birthday.

    man lifting his daughter to the top of the christmas tree to place a star there

    Except it's not. The Bible references shepherds watching over their flocks during Jesus' birth, suggesting it was summertime (or at the very least not winter). There is no reference to any date — and certainly not December 25. In fact, no historical sources confirm that Christmas was celebrated then until 336 AD. It seems the date was chosen to appropriate the winter solstice — a pagan holiday — for Christian purposes, as it was around that time.

    painting of Jesus' birth

    6. Also, Jesus would not have been white, nor is there any evidence that he had long hair.

    painting of Jesus with rams

    7. You've probably heard the belief that dogs and cats age seven years for each human year...

    a kitten on a dog's heda

    ...which may be somewhat true for cats, but is pretty inaccurate for dogs.

    different dog breeds

    8. Someone has likely told you that the volcano in Yellowstone is overdue for an eruption.

    Grand prismatic spring in Yellowstone national park

    If you're counting the average years between explosions, we still have 100,000 years to go — however, these numbers are largely meaningless, as volcanic eruptions are unpredictable.

    yellowstone thermal springs

    9. Another common belief is that worms become two worms when they're cut in half.

    worm in dirt

    The half with the head may be able to grow back its tail and survive, but the half with the tail can't grow into a new worm and will die.

    10. I'm sure you know the hit song "Don't Worry, Be Happy" by Bob Marley.

    Bob Marley

    Except...he didn't sing the song. Bobby McFerrin did. In fact, it was written seven years after Marley's death.

    Bobby McFerrin

    11. Sticking with music, you've probably heard Phil Collins was inspired to write the song "In the Air Tonight" after witnessing someone drown and wanting to confront an onlooker who could've stopped it.

    Phil Collins performing

    This is nothing more than an urban legend. Collins himself has stated that he wrote the song about his divorce.

    Collins performing the song

    12. Ah, the beautiful yellow sun...oh, wait a minute. It's not yellow at all.

    sunrise over clouds

    It's actually white, which you can tell from space. It only appears yellow because we're looking at it through the atmosphere.

    the sun

    13. One of my favorite creepy facts is that people's hair and fingernails continue to grow after they die.

    pale hand in grass

    Which is why I was pretty saddened to find out it wasn't a fact at all! In actuality, skin around fingernails and hair follicles dry up and retract, which can make stubble and nails appear to have grown, even though they have not.

    14. One of the coolest things about snakes is that their jaws can unhinge.

    snake with open mouth

    Except...they can't, actually. The lower bones of their jaws do not connect and are attached with a stretchy ligament that allows them to open their mouths super wide — but they aren't unhinging their jaws.

    snake about to strike

    15. Did your mom ever tell you to eat carrots to improve your vision?

    Joyful girl laying on her back in a field of carrots

    'Cause that's totally false! In fact, the idea was actively invented by the British government to spread misinformation that would hide the existence of their radar systems during World War II.

    16. Cremating is a nice way to turn bodies into ashes, right?

    Small funeral ceremony and cremation service

    Wrong! It leaves behind bone fragments, which are basically put into a blender until they fit in with the other ashes.

    Funeral urn

    17. You may have been told you were a "left brain" person or a "right brain person."

    Left and right side of the human brain illustration listing abilities on either side

    However, abilities are not actually separated in this way. There are not "left brain dominant" or "right brain dominant" people, and most cognitive skills — like math, and even language (though dominant on the left) — rely on both sides of the brain.

    18. You've probably heard that female praying mantises eat their male partner after mating.

    praying mantis mating with another

    This does happen, but not every time, and not with every species. In the species where this does happen, up to 28% of males are eaten by their partner.

    19. You've probably heard of a "beer blanket" — aka the belief that you get warmer after drinking.

    woman walking in the snow with a scarf, hat, and jacket

    However, beer doesn't make you any warmer. You might feel like you're warmer — or you're at least distracted from the cold — but if anything, it's actually making you colder.

    person pouring beer into a glass

    20. What's also false? That alcohol kills brain cells.

    System of neurons with glowing connections

    21. And that drinking liquor before beer prevents nausea/a hangover. That's right, folks: "Beer before liquor, never sicker; liquor before beer, in the clear" has no basis in reality.

    22. Babies used to not be given any sort of pain-relieving drugs during surgery because people were taught that babies couldn't feel pain, and you may have been led to believe this, too.

    baby in ICU

    But, uh...they definitely do. Now, there are ways to provide pain relief for infants, although some surgeries do proceed without it.

    View of baby's feet with a hospital security tag on

    23. If you're babysitting or around any kids, their parents might've told you not to give them sugar because they get hyper.

    boy shouting with his arms out in living room

    However, sugar doesn't actually increase hyperactivity in kids!


    24. You also might've heard parents talking about keeping their kids away from violent video games.

    kid playing video games

    However, numerous studies have shown that violent video games don't make kids violent.

    video game character shooting guns

    25. And finally, we've all heard about the G-spot...but there is no solid proof that the G-spot even exists.