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Fact Or Fake: How Easily Are You Fooled?

How many facts can you spot among the fakes? Put your discernment to the test #TalkCriticalThinking

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  1. You only use 10% of your brain
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    Myth busted!

    Brain scans, medical histories and simple logic show this is nonsense: our brains are complex and mysterious, but this doesn't mean they are largely unused.

  2. There are more molecules in a glass of water than stars in the galaxy
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    Amazing but true!

    There are about 600,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 molecules in one cubic inch of water: trillions of times more than the stars in our galaxy, which at most number around 400,000,000,000.

  3. Earth is closer to the sun in summer than winter
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    Myth Busted!

    The seasons are caused by the fact that the Earth its tilted on its axis: when it's winter in one hemisphere, it's summer in the other, and vice versa.

  4. Apples aren't mentioned in the book of Genesis
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    Truly true!

    Although the fruit in the garden of Eden is often depicted as an apple, the Bible itself only calls it a "fruit" without specifying which type.

  5. Nobody knows exactly why paracetamol works
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    Truth!

    Paracetamol is one of a number of common drugs whose mechanisms of action are not fully understood

  6. Russia is larger than the surface area of Pluto
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    No longer true!

    We used to think this was true - but when the New Horizons mission flew close to Pluto in 2015, a more accurate measurement showed the planet was larger than previously thought, putting it ahead of Russia!

  7. Eating before swimming causes stomach cramps
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    No evidence!

    Although this claim is commonly made, there is no evidence to support it - although you should avoid alcohol before going for a swim.

  8. There are more bacterial cells in your body than human
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    Only too true!

    In terms of sheer numbers, there are many more bacterial cells in your body than your own, human cells: ten times as many

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