Did you think I would leave you hanging after yesterday’s post?
As promised, here are the remaining commonly believed myths that scientists have debunked for us, cited from an article via The Good News Network.
“The myths around contact lenses getting lost behind your eye, as well as freezing to your eye in cold weather made the top 30 list: 10 percent of respondents believe it’s possible for contact lenses to get lodged behind the eyeball, but that is a scientific impossibility. Discover more about contact lens myths, here.
“Other falsehoods we frequently believe include the old wives’ tale about adding salt to a pot of water to make it boil more quickly—but salt is actually said to raise water’s boiling point.
“TEN MORE MYTHS WE SHOULD GIVE UP
“1. Chameleons change colors to blend in with their surroundings. (Though they make small color adjustments, the primary function of the color shift is to alert neighbors of danger.)
“2. Sugar causes hyperactivity in children. (Over a dozen large studies have not shown that sugar causes hyperactivity.)
“3. You should urinate on it if someone gets stung by a jellyfish. (This myth might even worsen the sting.)
“4. Bats are blind. (Bats have small eyes with very sensitive vision, which helps them see in conditions we might consider pitch black.)
“5. You’ll get cramps if you go swimming right after you eat. (The Mayo Clinic says there is really no scientific basis for this.)
“6. Dogs only see in black and white. (They are not as bright, but they do see colors.)
“7. If you touch a baby bird with your bare hands, its mother will reject it. (False. This prevalent belief is ‘for the birds’)
“8. Shaving your hair makes it grow back thicker. (This will not change its thickness, color or rate of growth, though it gives it a blunt tip, which might feel coarse or ‘stubbly’ for a time as it grows out—and it may appear darker or thicker, but it’s not.)
“9. Cracking your knuckles too much will cause arthritis. (Cracking your knuckles does no harm at all to our joints and does not lead to arthritis.)
“10. Going out in the cold will give you a cold. (False. The viruses that cause colds may spread more easily in lower temperatures, and exposure to cold and dry air may adversely impact the body’s immune system to fight off viruses,)” the article clarifies.
So, is your mind blown like mine, or what?