How do we keep spreading obvious lies?

There is some misinformation that has been passed through generations.

And I'm not just talking about Santa Claus and the Easter Bunny.

There is dangerous nonsense being spewed out there.

Time to get some things straight. RedditorBlugged_Bunnywanted to hear about the lies we need to watch out for so we can shut them down. They asked:

"What misinfromation seems to never die?"

"Everything happens for a reason."

Stop playing me...

What they said...

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"Half of the quotes attributed to Gandhi, Dr Seuss, Oscar Wilde and Ben Franklin."


“Half of the quotes attributed to Gandhi, Dr Seuss, Oscar Wilde and Ben Franklin."

"-Ben Franklin"


"the hard way"

"That if you shave any hair on your body it grows back thicker and darker."


"I learnt this 'the hard way.' I'm a guy with not so thick beard, my father (who is medic) always told me to shave often so my beard would get thicker. After years and years and years trying, one day I started suspecting this was false. A quick google search confirmed, to my disappointment. So now I simply don't shave at all anymore."


More than Once...

"Lightning never strikes twice in the same place. In fact it does - and with great regularity. Thus, the need for lighting rods in some lightning-prone locations."


"Learned this at a young age- we had a tree on the farm I grew up on that had been hit multiple times by lightning in the years I was there. It was pretty tore-up looking, but still alive. Damn thing was right outside the rec room in the old house though, and I was in that room right by the window when it happened twice. Knocked me on my a** both times."



"That you can detox/cleanse your body with certain drinks or pills."


"You DO need detox though, but in the form of a healthy, rich and diverse diet containing vegetables and fruit. And some happen to be more effective at essentially detoxing and healing your body than others such as blueberries, avocado, asparagus, all kinds of cruciferous plants, and so on."

"Any diet should contain those regularly. Even processed extracts or industrially created shelf stable crap from those often doesn't have the health benefits of just eating raw broccoli because the healthy stuff in it is heat sensitive. Boiled broccoli is still very healthy but doesn't come close to raw especially the green bits."



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"Grand Daddy Long Legs are the most poisonous spider on the planet but their fangs are too small to pierce skin… ugh."


I believe ANYTHING involving spiders. No matter what!


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"That Stem cells come primarily from aborted babies.They don't, they are harvested from bone marrow today."


Several Things

"1- That bulls get angered by the colour red- they are color blind so it really makes no difference. It's the waving of the cape that gets to them."

"2- Bats are blind- this simply isn't true either. Bats have almost as good eyesight as humans and some larger bats have eyesight almost 3 X as good as that of a human."

"3- Nails and hair of a person continue to grow after death- the skin retracts as it becomes dehydrated after death. The nails and hair do not grow, the just appear longer."


the only ingredient in the dish...

"That MSG is bad for you. It's literally a naturally occurring amino acid in certain green plant life that utilized photosynthesis, with normal salt used as a binding agent. The myth came from a single person writing to a newspaper back in the 70's (I believe) where he ended up with a headache after visiting a Chinese restaurant, and the only ingredient in the dish he had that he didn't recognize was monosodium glutamate."

"And because people are stupid and it sounds scary, he blamed it on that, and it led to a bunch of people reporting similar anecdotal stories that led to the myth of it being bad for you. There have been dozens of studies confirming that it's perfectly safe and doesn't cause headaches or any other known ailments."



"We only use 10% of our brains."


"That is or was a very common misreading of an article from a popular weekly magazine in the 1960s, Life or Look. The article was based on a survey of psychologists and the point was that people only use 10% of their capabilities, not their brain. This article led to the Human Potential Movement in the 60s and 70s, with things like Werner Ernhard's est program."



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"That cracking your knuckles gives you arthritis."


"Cracked my knuckles as I read this and it was extra satisfying."


Did we get all that? Stop repeating nonsense.

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