12 Things People Believe That Are Complete BS

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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

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Don’t worry Iron Maiden fans, the heavy metal band is definitely real. However, the torture device, not so much. While the artifacts that make up Iron Maidens are most definitely real, most historians believe that they have been placed together in order to sensationalize Medieval torture. For example, there is no mention of these devices in any written text until 1790. At that time, one book describes the Iron Maiden as a fixture of medieval torture, but this text has since been found to be a fabrication.
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.

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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.

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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

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One conventionally held belief about our first President George Washington is that he had wooden teeth. While it is not known where this myth originated, it has been passed down from Elementary School teachers to children across the country for years.

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.

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