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What "Fact" Were You Surprised To Learn Isn't Actually True?


There are some things in this world that are 100% facts.

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But there are other things that people have always believed to be true... but *spoiler alert* they aren't!

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For instance, you might have heard the lie that if you were to swallow gum, it'd stay in your stomach for seven years.

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But that's just not true! Gum is a little harder for your body to digest, but it defffffinitely doesn't take seven years. Sorry!

Perhaps you were duped into thinking that eating turkey on Thanksgiving actually made you sleepy because, you know, ~tryptophan~.


I've got news for you: the level of tryptophan in turkey is pretty similar to other meats, so that's not what's making you sleepy! It's pretty much just the large amounts of food (and carbs) that you're scarfing down. Still worth it, if you ask me.

Perhaps you were convinced by movies and TV shows that defibrillators could bring people back to life after their heart stops beating.


But this isn't true either! Technically speaking, a flatline is known as "asystole," and when it happens there's no electrical activity left in the body to reset with a shock. That's why the defibrillator won't work. They're actually used to reset or correct irregular heartbeats.

Or maybe your jaw dropped when you learned something else entirely!


Like the fact that the Queen in Snow White actually said "magic mirror on the wall" instead of "mirror, mirror on the wall."

Or the fact that Darth Vader's real line isn't "Luke, I am your father." It's actually "No, I am your father."

And while we're here, do you remember the final lyric of Queen's "We are the Champions?" Most people think it's this: "No time for losers, ’cause we are the champions… of the world," but they never actually sang "of the world" at the close of the song. Weird!

We've all fallen for these tricks before, so use the DropBox below to tell us which "facts" most people think are true but actually aren't!


FYI: It's spelled "Froot Loops," not "Fruit Loops."

The best responses will be featured in a future BuzzFeed Community post!