People Share Which Fake Facts They Believed For Too Long


It's easy to be misled, especially as a child. Our peers and family tell us things, and it's natural to just assume we're being told the truth.

Sometimes these untruths stick with us into later life, though, and we feel all the more foolish for taking so long to catch on.

Reddit user u/Logruo asked:

"What's a fake fact that you believed for a long time?"


That if I drove over 65 my car engine was so small it would explode.

Yes, thank you dad, for keeping me safe but imagine the laughs had at my expense when boyfriend was driving my car and I glanced at the speedometer, saw he was going 75, and screamed at the top of my lungs, "You're going to kill us!!!!!" with my arms covering my head.

My dad damn near died when bf and I walked in and he told dad what happened.



Someone told me when I was a kid that carrot skins were poisonous.

For many years when cooking with carrots I was so careful to always use a vegetable peeler to get all the skin off, so as not to poison myself or family.

Turns out I was wrong, and whole carrots are fine as long as you wash them.



"Your dog does xyz because they're trying to he 'alpha'!" Not true. Wolf packs are family units. The "alphas" are simply the parents/breeding pair and the rest of the pack is their offspring, and occasionally a couple of unrelated wolves. The whole alpha/beta/omega/delta stuff is pseudoscience at best, based off people sticking random unfamiliar wolves together and seeing who was the most dominant and then saying that was the "alpha" wolf.


It's based on ONE paper/book written by ONE guy in like the mid century and is a total piece of garbage because his wolf situation was not only super absurd but he also pushed a lot of sexist and racist generalizations with it. It's totally disregarded in modern science.



That my mom had this terrible friend in her life named DH.

Growing up I would always overhear her complaining to her friends about him and all the terrible things he did. It wasn't until in my teens that I realized DH stood for dick head and was the nickname she used when venting to her friends about my father being a sh!tty dad. (my parents separated when I was 2 or 3).

side note: I respect the hell out of my mom for never badmouthing my father in front of me, and I know it must of been hard not to. Especially because my father did the exact opposite and would bad mouth her every chance he got. Growing up she only ever bad mouthed this DH guy. She let me form my own opinion of my father and by the time I was old enough to realize who DH was, I was well aware of the fact that my father was a selfish asshole.



"Humans only use 10 percent of their brain, imagine what happens when we unlock the other 90 percent."

Actually, at any given moment a majority of our brain is utilized.


That and that one half is creative while the other half is logical. The two hemispheres do different things that's for sure, but logic and creativity are not it



One time I asked my mom what Häagen-Dazs meant and she told me "not for kids"

I believed that until I was 16 and went to get ice cream out of the fridge. I saw and thought "Oh wait, that's not for...WAIT A F---ING MINUTE"


She was Haagen-Dazs ice cream for herself.



That dogs can't look up.

This in spite of spending much of my life at home with dogs who constantly looked up.



Korean here. Actually believed in fan death until high school because of my mom.



My parents told me that my fish ran away when I was 5 and I believed it until I was about 11 or 12. I was a dumbass as a kid.



Southeast Asian boy here. A good portion of us spent our childhood believing rice will cry if we don't finish them.


Chinese gal here! I was told by my mom that for every grain of rice that I didn't eat, it would grow as an imperfection on my future husband's face. Future hubby, if you're out there, I'm sorry about your moles and your acne, but homegirl was really not digging the "white rice every day" meal plan for the first 17 years of my life.



You swallow 8 spiders a year in your sleep.


The average person eats 0 spiders per year. Spiders Georg, who lives in cave & eats over 10,000 each day, is an outlier and should not have been counted.



Driving at night with the cabin lights on isn't actually illegal.


Not illegal, but a little on the dangerous side.

Harder to see out with the light blaring in.



Marylin Manson removed some of his ribs so he could suck his own dick. All ways admired him for that before I knew the truth.


He was asked about that in an interview once and said something to the effect of "If I had two ribs removed to suck my own dick, I would be at home sucking my own dick instead of being here."



Dad replaced my dead goldfish with a beta fish and told me that goldfish turned into beta fish instead of telling me the damn fish died...



I had like 10 Guinea pigs at my mums family's house in Nigeria then I went back 2 years later and now had 2 rabbits and my uncle told me that guinea pigs grow into rabbits. I must have been like 5 and I don't know how long I believed it for because eventually I just stopped thinking about it but a few weeks ago I was talking about how I haven't seen my rabbits in 10 years and I remembered this story and was like waaaaiiitt (I'm about to turn 21)



Parkour was illegal in Oklahoma. Thanks, mom.


Technically, all forms of fun are frowned upon in Oklahoma.


I live in Oklahoma- Can confirm, fun is not in our dictionary here.



I've been waiting years for hair to grow on my palms.


Well then you should stop applying friction to your palms that burns off the starting hairs!



Mr. Rogers was a Vietnam sniper with a ton of confirmed kills.


and that his arms were covered in tattoos, which is why he always had long sleeves on.



My dad told me all stop signs with white borders actually mean yield. That was fun to explain to my driving instructor on test day.


The other ones are funny but this one is scary



My parents told me a haggis was a 4 legged animal that lived on a mountain, a bit like a guinea pig, and the right front and back legs were shorter than the left side which meant it was only able to run around a mountain anti-clockwise. To catch one all you had to do was run around the mountain in a clockwise direction.


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