Now that the internet exists, you would think that people wouldn't be fooled by fake information anymore, but let's be real: that's not the case.
Sometimes you hear a fact so many times you think, "Well it has to be true." But actually, it isn't.
Many people still believe the myth that if you touch a baby bird, the parents won't care for it anymore.
People cite a lot of reasons for this: the mother bird will smell the human scent, the mother bird will detect human oils, human oils will make it so the little bird will never be able to fly.
They are all false. If you see a baby bird that can’t fly yet on the ground, there’s no harm in putting it back in its nest.
The bird parents will likely happily accept it.
But if it’s a fledgling or a bird that’s just learning how to fly, there’s no reason to pick it up; it’s parents are likely nearby.
People think that if you ask an undercover cop is they are an undercover cop, they have to tell the truth.
But they definitely don’t. An undercover cop does not have to reveal that they are a cop, even if the person asks.
Even if the person asks nicely!
This is just a myth; there is no law requiring this. The reason a lot of people think this myth is true is because in some cases a defendant can get out of a charge by what’s called entrapment.
Entrapment is when a police officer encourages someone to commit a crime they otherwise would not have committed.
But it doesn’t apply to someone committing a crime simply because they didn’t know someone was a police officer.
Have you ever heard that we only use 10% of our brains? That's a lie.
You probably heard this one in elementary school. The movie Matilda was based on it!
Oh, if only we could access the other 90% of our human brains think of all the things we could do! Fly! Levitate!
Remember where we left our keys!
Except we definitely use more than 10% of our brains. Our brains are divided up into different sections, and each section is responsible for something different.
So while we may not use all of our brains at one time, we are using it all. Unless you’ve had a lobotomy.
No, you don't eat 8 spiders a year in your sleep.
This one is just made up. And it’s been passed down for years. Humans do not eat 8 spiders a year, or 10, or 5 or whatever number you heard.
Humans eat roughly zero spiders a year in their sleep.
Think about it from the spiders’ perspective, why would they crawl into an open mouth to their death?
It's perfectly fine to wake someone who is sleepwalking.
For some reason, there is a myth that it can kill someone to wake them up if they are sleepwalking. Why?
The myth is never quite clear on that part.
But the truth is, while it may be confusing for the sleepwalker to be woken up, it won’t hurt them in any way.
It may actually help them, sleepwalkers frequently injure themselves and have even been known to walk through glass doors, leave their houses, and fall down stairs.
So go ahead and wake up your creepy sleepwalking brother before he falls in the pool.
On the next page find out the strange way some people think you can easily die from using a household appliance.