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People Are Debunking Common "Facts" And It'll Make You Feel Like Your Whole Life Is A Lie

Your tongue doesn't really have different regions for sweet, bitter, and sour.

There are lots of "facts" you learn as a kid — some you might even learn in school from teachers — that later turn out to be completely, utterly false.

So this week, Reddit user u/threedotsguy posed a question to the internet: "What widely accepted fact do you know is wrong?"

The thread quickly went viral, as thousands of users started debunking common "facts" that are actually total bullshit. Check out some of the top-voted responses:

1. "Napoleon wasn't small. He was just the victim of good propaganda by the eventual winners."

Napoleon riding a horse

2. "That 'if you touch a baby bird, the parents will abandon/kill it.' In reality, most birds don't do that. If you help a baby bird back into its nest, as long as you try not to touch the nest a lot, then everything should be fine."


3. "Your head does not lose more heat than the rest of your body. It’s about the same."


4. "Goldfish do not really have a memory span of five seconds. They actually remember things for months, recognize their owners, and are able to distinguish them from other people."

A goldfish in a bowl

5. "Schizophrenia has nothing to do with a split personality."


6. "The idea that chloroform quickly knocks you out. In the real world, it takes several minutes to knock you out, not the seconds you see in TV and movies."


7. "I always see those 'pro tips' that say you should know your blood type in case of an emergency, so the hospital can get you the right type. This is 100% incorrect. We NEVER take the blood type a person says they are. A patient remembering incorrectly = a dead patient, and the hospital gets sued. We ALWAYS perform a blood test first. The only exception is in a true emergency, and then we only give O negative blood."

A nurse holding a bag of blood

8. "That claim that we only use 10% of our brains."


9. "That you have to wait 24 hours to report someone missing in the USA. There is no law about waiting, you don’t have to. Push to make the police cooperate and list the person missing immediately when you suspect something isn’t right. Don’t lose precious time; it’s extremely important if the person truly is missing."


10. "It's not 'Luke, I am your father,' but 'No, I am your father.'"

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11. “The idea that there are 'left-brained' and 'right-brained' people who are either more artistic or more numbers-based. So inaccurate."


12. "That medieval/ancient people only lived to be ~32 years old, and at that age, they were considered ancient. That estimate is an average, which means it accounts for high infant/child mortality. Lots of ancient people lived to their 80s and older. If you made it to 30, chances were good you would make it another 30+ years."


13. "That cracking your knuckles too often will cause arthritis."

A person cracking knuckles

14. "That you swallow eight spiders a year in your sleep."


15. "That the Great Wall of China can be seen from space."


16. "That daddy long-legs are the most venomous spider in the world — they just can't bite you."

A daddy long legs spider

17. "That you have to put something in the mouth of a seizing person so they don't swallow their own tongue. DO NOT DO THIS. EVER."


18. "That the human body only has five senses. [In reality, there are way more.]"


19. "That if you have a cold, you should get lots of Vitamin C. This is completely down to one scientist named Linus Pauling who had a theory that massive doses of Vitamin C would cure colds. Subsequent studies have shown he was wrong and any benefits are minimal at best. Yet I still get everyone telling me to drink orange juice whenever I get a sniffle."

A glass of orange juice

20. "The myth that glass is actually an extremely viscous, slow-flowing liquid, and that's why old windows are thicker on the bottom. No it isn't. It's very clearly a solid. It's a disordered, non-crystalline solid, but still solid. Old windows are thicker on the bottom because they were designed that way."


21. "That if you swallow gum, it stays in your stomach for seven years. Not true. Your body processes it, and you poop it out just like anything else."


And finally...

22. "That different parts of your tongue taste different things, such as sour, sweet, and bitter."

A tongue

You can check out the full thread of responses here.

Note: Some responses have been edited for length and/or clarity.