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How Many Myths Can You Bust?

Hope you're wearing your smarty pants.

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    That would be such a waste of grey matter, wouldn't it? Most of your brain is active almost all of the time, though 10% of it may only be active at one time if you're thinking or resting.

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    First published in 1900, the book featured Dorothy in some snazzy silver kicks. You can see the full book online at the Library of Congress.

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    This myth is thought to be originated from a 1950s military study where participants were exposed to bitter cold while not wearing hats. Scientists say you only lose about 10%, not the majority.

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    While the Sahara is the largest hot desert, the Antarctic Desert takes the cake as biggest in the world. A desert is defined as an area that receives little to no precipitation, rain or snow. The next largest is the Arctic, and the Sahara gets a bronze medal as the third.

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    Ostriches don't actually stick their heads into the ground: They'd suffocate! When they sense danger, they lay flat and still on the ground and blend into the soil, which perhaps gives the illusion that they do since their bodies are most visible. They also dig holes to hide their eggs from predators.

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    No yolking: The fact that he's an ovum isn't actually mentioned. Here's the poem as proof.

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    Helen Keller wasn’t born deaf and blind: It was the result of an illness when she was just 19 months old.

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    Lemmings don’t drown themselves: It’s a myth a Disney documentary called White Wilderness perpetuated when filmmakers staged them committing mass suicide.

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    It's actually not blue, but definitely appears to be. One study found that it looks that way because of a few factors, namely the wavelengths of light hitting your skin and the way they're reflected or absorbed.

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    It's true: John Adams, Thomas Jefferson, and James Monroe have all died on Independence Day.

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    Paul McCartney wrote the song with John Lennon's son Julian in mind, then later changed "Jules" to "Jude."

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    Hear that clinking sound? It's the sound of your childhood crashing down around you. The image should pop up above, but if it doesn't, here it is.

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