There are certain myths we all have been conditioned into believing as facts. But while we may have heard them again and again – the truth never changes. They are just myths.
Here are 11 myths that most people still believe:
1. Bacteria are killed by soap
In fact: Soap helps in getting rid of the grease on our hands which can become a breeding area for harmful bacteria. Hence, soap just washes the bacteria away. It does not kill them.
2. A gum, when swallowed, stays in the stomach for 7 years
In fact: The gum does not actually get dissolved by our gastric juices. But our body, by default, cleans it out from our system through the process of excretion.
3. Shaved hair gives rise to thick hair
In fact: The non-pointed shaped blunt shaved hair gives the feeling of hardened, thick hair. But it is just because of its outer surface. The hair thickness remains the same because we
just shave away because the thickness is determined by the inner part (root) of the hair.
4. Warts take place from touching toads
In fact: The human papillomavirus can cause certain non-threatening growths on human beings called warts. This disease can be picked up from several places, including crowded places or contact with sick people.
5. Nails and hair of a person continue to grow even after death
In fact: This is just an illusion caused by the after effects of death. After death, a person’s body shrinks and get dehydrated. Due to this, the hair and nails of a person appear longer than before.
6. The Great Wall of China can be seen from space
In fact: The total length of this monument, the Great Wall of China, is over 4,300 miles. This makes it visible from space only under specific weather conditions. Otherwise, it really cannot be seen from space because the color merges with the surroundings. Highways have better visibility from space.
7. Bats are actually blind
In fact: Bats have the ability to use night vision and echolocation, whichever they need under specific circumstances. Using them, they can deftly navigate, even in low light.
8. Water can conduct electricity
In fact: Anything with positively charged and negatively charged particles in it has the ability to conduct electricity. In that way, normal water with minerals can do so, but distilled water doesn’t.
9. Viruses are killed by antibiotics
In fact: Antibiotics are there to kill or prevent the reproduction of bacteria. Not viruses.
10. The TV is bad for your eyesight
In fact: Too much exposure to the TV screen causes unnecessary strain to the eye. But there has been no scientific proof that it causes serious damage to your sight.
11. Teeth are dissolved by Coke
In fact: Coke contains- phosphoric, carbonic and citric, three acids that can supposedly dissolve teeth. However, the same three acids can be found in several other beverages too. The myth that teeth can get dissolved in coke overnight has no scientific fact backing it.