There are certain "facts" we all hear repeated over and over until we eventually consider them common knowledge. And while these beliefs may be common, they are not necessarily true! In fact, many of them are just flat out false. It's understandable; when you hear something enough times, you can convince yourself it's true!
Yet the reality is that most of us are walking around spouting some total bullsh*t and we don't even know it.
So if you're looking to reorganize your cluttered mind and separate facts from fiction, here are 20 so-called "facts" that are actually just familiar fallacies and flummeries. Not only will you be ridding yourself of the gobbledygook, you'll now be able to deflate, debunk, and denounce dogmatic rhetoric on a daily basis.
1) Half of all marriages end in divorce.
There’s still hope yet. While the sad statistic was once true, it no longer is. Let’s all pause for a moment to acknowledge the rarity of an undaunting statistic.
Okay, that’s long enough.
The reality is that divorce rates have been falling for decades. Currently, one has a 75% chance of actually staying married, according to Psychology Today. In other words, 3 out of 4 couples stay married. But you didn’t think I’d end things on a positive note, did you?
The bad news is that if you’ve been divorced before, you have a 75% chance of getting divorced, again. Because the first time didn’t suck enough. But don’t worry, if your second marriage doesn’t work out, you can always start a second wives club.
You’ll be twice as awesome as the First Wives Club and that’s saying a lot.
2) We only use 10% of our brains.
Nope. Not true. The widely held belief is “so wrong it is almost laughable” according to neurologist Barry Gordon at Johns Hopkins School of Medicine in Baltimore. This is yet another idea that was at some point taken out of context.
We use all areas of our brains. We just don’t use all of the areas, all of the time. Sometimes we are utilizing less brain power and sometimes we are using a lot of it. But we don’t carry some untapped gray matter that, if only we could access it, would allow us to read minds or teleport.
Your brain is working at full capacity, whether you choose to use it or not.
3) Typing your pin number in reverse at an ATM machine will notify the police.
Many people falsely believe that inputting their pin number into an ATM machine in reverse will trigger a response from local authorities should they ever be forced to withdraw funds. This false and dangerous “fact” can be traced all the way back to 1994 and continues to circulate online today.
However, it’s simply not true. While the technology to implement such a system exists and has been proposed, lawmakers deem the idea simply too risky. The argument against the system claims that it would be difficult for anyone to correctly input their pin number in reverse, let alone attempt to do so at gunpoint. Should one accidentally make an error or hesitate to follow directions, the risks would far outweigh the potential benefits.
The conclusion: Don’t even try it. No cops will come, no funds will be dispensed, and you’ll piss off the person robbing you. Give them the money; it’s not worth your life.
4) Shaving causes hair to grow back thicker.
We’ve all heard this one. Yet, it’s just straight up not true. Shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker, darker, or faster. While hair shafts that have been previously trimmed may appear thicker, it’s simply due to their blunted ends.
5) The tongue is the strongest muscle in the body.