The guy who took the loch-ness photo admitted like 20 years ago that it was fake, they used an old toy. He told people to their faces and people still believe in it apparently.
Camels don’t carry water in their humps. Their humps are made of fat which is primarily for use in the desert as an emergency food store if they can’t find any and collected in one spot so that it minimizes the insulating effect a layer of fat would normally have. Instead, they have adapted to lose much less water on a daily basis as well as having a number of adaptations that allow them to withstand the effects of dehydration. Examples of this are their kidney and intestines which effectively recycle as much water as possible as well as oval red blood cells which allow for easy blood flow even when dehydrated. They also rarely sweat and can moderate their own body temperature to help with this. Their nostrils have even adapted in such a way as to trap the water vapor that would normally be lost by breathing.
While I am at it, they don’t spit in the traditional sense either, it’s more like cud that they spit up and sling in every direction to get people to back off, so basically vomit. It’s not as precise as one would think.
I had assumed that storing water in their hump was a known myth by know but nevertheless, I find myself having to tell families at my zoo on an almost daily basis about both of these facts. But half of my job is teaching so I am glad to help dispel myths about the animals I work with.
Dogs see in black and white.
My yoga instructor recently informed the class we would be working on grounding techniques because the earth started spinning faster than it used to which is causing a lot of stress for everyone.
Throwing rice at a wedding kills birds …
I heard this one last month. Rice farmers dearly wish that eating rice would kill birds.
It takes seven years to digest swallowed chewing gum.
Blood is blue in your body.
Oh man. Korea and their fans. An extremely surprising amount of people in Korea believe that if you sleep with your fan on, it will chop up the oxygen molecules and you will suffocate.
When I say a surprising number if people, I don’t mean like people in America with the moon landing or things like that. It’s a genuine fear for a lot of people, parents will get angry at their children for doing this.
The myth that lightning never strikes twice in the same spot.
In fact, it does.
Scientists can’t explain why bumblebees are able to fly.
That’s a myth. In the 1930’s, two French scientists wrote that the fixed-wing lift equations don’t seem to work for bees. All that means is that bee flight isn’t fixed wing, but there are other ways for things to fly.
In 1996 scientists determined that insect wings flap so quickly that they generate vortices, which in turn provide enough lift to keep them airborne.
So this myth came about because of scientists in the 1930’s saying “we tried one of the many ways to explain bee flight, and that didn’t work.” It was debunked 21 years ago, and yet it was still prominently featured in Bee Movie, and Wendy’s currently features the myth in an ad campaign.
That a poison ivy rash, post cleaning, can continue to be spread via scratching.
If you get poison ivy, as long as the skin has been cleaned of all oils from the plant, it cannot be spread again by scratching it. I literally had to rub my poison ivy covered arm on my face to prove this to my roommate. It’s the oils in the plant that spread it. The reason people think it can continue to spread is that it can take a week for everything to appear. But once the oils are gone, no more spreading of the ailment.
Edit: Because people have asked, I’m not proud of rubbing it on my face. I had arguments with my roommates about this ad nauseum and was fed up. In the moment I reacted stupidly and rubbed it on my face. However, it did prove my point, so I don’t fully regret it.
That you can see the Great Wall of china from space. It’s not that tall or wide, and it’s grey so it doesn’t stand out. If you could view the Great Wall from space, you’d be able to see highways as well.
Liars will avert their eyes from you. The truth is that liars are more likely to look you in the eye than a person who’s honest. Actually, pretty much everything we believe about lying is wrong. People are horrible lie detectors, and what we’re trained to look for (outside of law enforcement) tends to be factually wrong.
The belief that if the Earth were just ten feet closer or farther to/from the Sun, it would be uninhabitable.
Also, the belief that climbing a ten foot ladder (and not burning up) would disprove this.
In Asia, Two theories.
One is that the tongue tastes different flavors on the different sides of the tongue.
Another is that about the thing about blood type being relevant to your personality.