19 Everyday Facts You Know Are Correct… But Are Actually Totally Wrong

Forget everything you thought you knew…. because I’m about to blow your mind. You’ve all heard the common facts and I’m pretty sure you have believed everyone of them… until now.


1. Cracking your knuckles will lead to arthritis


Truth: many studies have found no link between the two (source)

2. Vitamin C is a useful weapon for battling the common cold


Truth: health benefits are great for you, but not so great for curing a cold (source)

3. Bulls hate the color red


Truth: bulls are color blind (source)

4. You can’t fold a piece of paper more than seven times


Truth: you can actually fold it up to 12 times (source)

5. Your hair and fingernails will continue to grow after you die


Truth: the skin retracts around them, making it seem as if they grow (source)

6. Christopher Columbus discovered America


Truth: the indigenous peoples of the Americas inhabited the land well before any European explorer claimed discovery. Also, the first explorer of European descent to reach North America was Norse Viking Leif Eriksson (source)

7. You need to wait an hour after eating before you can swim safely


Truth: does not matter (source)

8. A bite from a Daddy Longlegs spider would kill a human being


Truth: the toxin is not dangerous to humans (source)

9. It takes seven years to digest swallowed gum


Truth: comes out the other end like any other normal food (source)

10. The common goldfish’s memory only lasts a few seconds


Truth: they can actually remember up to five months (source)

11. Bats are blind


Truth: their vision is actually quite good (source)

12. The fish used to make sushi is raw


Truth: sushi refers to the treated rice that the dishes are served on. Stuff like eel, crab, and octopus are cooked (source)

13. Airplanes empty their toilet tanks while flying in mid-air


Truth: that’s pretty obvious… it’s stored and removed (source)

14. Mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world


Mauna Kea in Hawaii is actually the tallest (source)

15. Baby birds will be left for dead by their mothers if they make contact with humans


Truth: many birds have limited sense of smell and simply cannot detect a human scent (source)

16. The Great Wall of China is visible from space 


Truth: it’s nowhere near big enough to be seen from space (source)

17. Penguins mate for life


Truth: some penguins do, while others do not (source)

18. French leader Napoleon Bonaparte was short


Truth: he was actually 5’2, which would be an average height today of 5’6 (source)

19. Humans only use 10% of their brains


Truth: we use 100% (source)


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