Like it or not, the trend of “alternative facts” is not a new one. Call them “urban legends” or “old wives tales,” there are many things that most people believe to be true that are simply works of fiction.
Adding to the confusion, many of these things were taught to us in school. Here’s a list of some of the most common things that people believe in that simply do not exist and never existed.
Prepare to have your mind blown by this unbelievable (or in some cases, way too believable) list. We bet #2 is going to be a hard one for you to let go of.
12. The Iron Maiden
11. Sugar Makes You Hyper
Every parent dreads when grandma gives their kids too much sugar. However, there is no scientific link between sugar and hyperactivity. This urban myth is most likely a result of the fact that children have infinitely more energy than their parents, especially when given something that they enjoy like candy. Additionally, it’s a fact of that chocolate contains caffeine, which does cause hyperactivity.
10. Cow Tipping
All over the US, people claim to have snuck onto farms and tipped over poor defenseless cows all in the name of fun. However, studies show that this is scientifically improbable. It would take two full grown men to tip over an average size cow provided the cow did not fight back. If the cow runs away or fights back, it would take up to 4 to 6 people. And because cows are fast and aggressive, it would be hard to attempt such a thing without being harmed. Additionally, there isn’t a single YouTube video that depicts a cow tipping. If it were so popular, there’d be something out there.
So you’re going to have to think of something else fun to do this Saturday.
9. Truth Serum
There are many cinematic depictions of truth serum usually being used to interrogate the main character. These movies make it seem like it’s common practice for truth serum to be used during torture. However, Sodium Pentothal, the most common truth serum which does exist, causes hallucinations and reduces inhibition, and does not guarantee that someone will tell the truth.
8. George Washington’s Wooden Teeth
While George Washington suffered from severe dental issues that started in his early twenties, wood was not amongst the many denture materials that were utilized during his lifetime. Dentures could be made of everything from metal to the teeth of African American slaves. A complete set of Washington’s Dentures still exist, and they are held at Washington’ Mount Vernon. Dentures were created from a mixture of horse, donkey, cow and human teeth, but no wood. Additionally, he never chopped down that cherry tree, either.