Admitting that you were wrong about something can be difficult, especially when you went all in on something that turned out to be completely untrue.
Reddit user u/SzyMeX335 recently asked, "What is the dumbest thing people actually thought is real?" And I'm willing to bet that you thought at least one of these things was true when you first heard it:
1."I was told a great story by a friend who attended a town meeting addressing the locals' 5G mast concerns. In attendance was a representative from the network company. A selection of people was permitted to take the mic and rant for hours about how they'd all been getting headaches, feeling more low than usual, flowers had been wilting, their dog wasn't himself, and all manner of things blamed on 5G. Several hours later after everyone had their say and the crowd of hundreds had been whipped into a fever the company representative had his turn to speak and simply said 'Thank you, everyone, for your comments, but we haven't turned it on yet.'"
2."When we went to see The Martian in theaters, at the end some woman behind us told her friend, 'I can’t believe I missed this. When did this happen?'"
3."'The rain follows the plow.' In the 1800s American West, this phrase was everywhere. The idea was that agriculture would bring rain and make farming super easy. Supposedly, when grasslands were turned into cultivated fields, the soil would release moisture into the air. Then human activity like factories or trains would make vibrations that formed rain clouds. Eventually, the idea expanded to straight-up bombing the air with dynamite on kites."
14."Way back Google released something called Google Nose. They claimed that the program allowed you to smell anything you put on screen. My dumbass had my nose way up in the monitor like a sniffer dog searching for drugs until I got close enough to the bottom of the screen and saw the date. April 1st."