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Occasionally, we find ourselves in an argument with someone who is just stubborn enough to turn the tables.


At the outset, we are certain, beyond a shadow of doubt, that what they're trying to claim is ludicrous. It's plain untrue.

And yet, some people grind away persistently for long enough that we begin to doubt. At the very least, we find ourselves arguing, several minutes later, about something that once seemed so obvious it didn't even require a second thought.

Alas, some people just can't let go of their misconceptions.

A recent thread on Reddit asked people to share the finest examples of insane claims they've heard.

liveyourbestlife83 asked, "What's the dumbest thing someone has ever tried to convince you was the truth?"

Plenty of people have been told insane lies about science and the natural world. Animals and earthly dynamics provide the subject for these absurdities.

Anti-Slurp

"That chickens don't drink water" -- Thomas56544

"They drink beer." -- StupidFckNextDoor

"They don't if you put the food in front of them first because they're gluttonous little brats. Give them water first and they'll drink, then give them food" -- MatureTeen14

Philosophical Arguments

"You hear the sound of thunder before you see the lightning. They were convinced this was true... I told them to google it!" -- froatfish

"Isn't thunder the sound of lightning?" -- King_Kingly

"Well Einstein. Then why do I hear my farts before I smell them?" -- Joshi3003

Taxonomy

"Jellyfish are not alive, they are a mineral." -- Zbignich

"Have you ever seen a jellyfish? No. Thats because they're too busy being minerals" -- Darth_Gonk

Curb Poo

"That the dust on the side of roads after winters is mostly dog poo. I was just speechlessly thinking about the huge army of stray dogs invading all the streets and roads every winter night to poo and disappearing to the woods at summer..."

-- DeliPickleSalty

Others recalled times that they heard bizarre lies about medical knowledge and the human body. Some were so brazen that, in hindsight, it's become comical.

Paternal Gaslighting

"My father trying to console me on the way to the hospital saying it's just a sprain when I was staring at my bone." -- ConfusedFanGirl0502

"Tis just a flesh wound" -- TheStavis

"As a new dad...I get it."

"Sometimes you tell kids everything's going to be okay...even when it's not." -- default52

Airless

"In middle school the smart kid in class, the kind to show it off, told me if I held my breath while running the mile I could run as fast and far as I wanted because 'it uses no oxygen.' "

"I said 'no way' because that made no sense and asked him to show me. He was reluctant then basically ran like 100ft then basically passes out lmao."

-- SnooChocolates1178

Both False, Thank Goodness

"A fully grown adult tried to convince me that women get pregnant by swallowing semen because it has to get in their stomach to grow a baby." -- BogieTime69

"That periods were unnatural and are caused by having a non-vegan diet." -- SnooSprouts3480

And others remembered times when the most basic seeming facts and information had somehow eluded the people around them.

These moments left them wondering how they got so far into life not realizing the truth.

"Says So Right There"

"My parents used to think keyboards were invented by a guy named Qwerty. When I was a kid I believed it too until I said 'wait, that's a really weird name' and decided to google it" -- soviet_uwunion

"What a power move that would be. Forcing millions of keyboards to spell out your name." -- NotAnOctopys

"Wait, they weren't? That's literally what my 6th grade computers teacher told us in class and I've just been going around believing it for 15 years. I feel like my life is a lie now." -- FalconOtherwise

A Teaching Moment

"That unicorns were not only real, but that they lived in northern Europe. This 20-year old girl had a full-on argument in the middle of a part about this."

"The look of sadness on her face as she slowly realized that they weren't real was just...so beautiful lol"

-- LeMuffinButton

Violent Transfer of Power

"That John Wilkes Booth became President after shooting Lincoln. Im pretty sure they actually thought this was true though, since they were in third grade and never really studied how democracy works." -- NeonMoth229

"You keep what you kill." -- TheStavis


So, as you've heard so many times before, do not believe everything you hear. Even when the person is blue in the face and repeating the same lie over and over for minutes on end despite anything you say.

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