Throwing rice at weddings won't make birds explode.
This myth is basically that if you throw dry rice and a bird eats it, the rice will expand in the bird’s stomach and the bird will explode.
It would make for an interesting wedding reception for sure if it were true, but it’s not.
Think about it logically; it takes boiling water to make rice expand, if a bird’s stomach were as hot as boiling water, the bird would probably have blown up long before it had any rice.
Apparently, this rumor was started by Ann Landers in one of her advice columns and was corrected by outraged orinologists everywhere.
Even so, this myth has basically made throwing rice at weddings a thing of the past, which probably nice for wedding venues who no longer have to clean up 1,000 grains of rice from their front steps.
Maybe Ann was working for them all along.
While we are on the subject, Alka-Seltzer won't make seagulls explode, either.
I know, I know, but your cousin’s friend tried it, and it totally worked!
The myth is that because seagulls can’t pass gas or burp, if you feed them Alka-seltzer, they won’t be able to contain the bubbles in their stomachs, and they will explode.
But it’s not true, and when you think about it, it’s really dumb. Birds are actually known for regurgitating, that’s how they feed their babies.
So a seagull definitely can burp.
While it’s probably not great to feed a wild animal any medicine intended for humans, you can’t blow up seagulls with Alka-Seltzer no matter what your cousin’s friend says.
Fans won't kill you while you sleep.
This myth isn’t very prevalent in America, but in Korea, it’s widely believed that if you sleep in a room with all the windows closed and a fan on, you may suffocate or die of hypothermia.
This myth is so popular, fan manufacturers sometimes even issue warnings not to sleep in a room with a running fan and closed windows and not to point the fan directly at a person.
Some fans even come with timers so they will turn off before death occurs.
The ancient Romans didn't vomit up their food so they could eat more during large feasts.
You’ve definitely heard this one, maybe even from a history teacher. But sadly, the Romans were not as disgusting as we’d like to believe.
While they did have rooms called “vomitoriums,” the rooms weren’t a place where people could throw up their food to make room for more.
They were additional rooms added to large structures to make leaving the spaces easier, like how a stadium has tons of exits so everyone doesn’t cram in or out at once.
The rooms were for “vomiting” people, not the contents of their stomachs.
People didn't have shorter lifespans in the past.
You hear this all the time: people of the past only lived on average to be like 50. Sixty year old were elderly and dying of old age left and right.
This makes it seems like humans used to age faster than we do now, but that’s not true. Humans age at the same rate we always did, it’s just that modern medicine has gotten better.
In America, infants and mothers don’t die as often in childbirth, children don’t die of disease as much thanks to vaccines, people no longer die of things like broken bones and infected wounds, and adults get more medical care as they age.
Have you fallen for any of these? You might have fallen for the next one; it’s pretty common!