Here, the world’s most contagious myths and misconceptions – debunked.
A tall tale. At five six, he was actually slightly above average height for a Frenchman of the time.
Just as his military genius has been studied throughout the years, we’ve also been fascinated with the life – and quirks – of the first emperor of France.
This doesn’t increase the risk of cramps; alcohol is the biggest risk increaser. But a full stomach will make you short of breath.
A grumbly tummy can help you make better decisions or improve your sex life, but an empty stomach is not so helpful for shopping or exercise.
Adding a sprinkle of salt to water makes no difference.
It can actually make boiling take longer.
It is important for dishes that need to cook for a long time, that your pot or pan has a good-quality heavy base to distribute the heat evenly. So which pot should you use to cook?
Nope. It’ll only make it greasy. Stirring prevents sticking.
Did you know floating a few tablespoons of vegetable oil on the surface of the water of a bird bath will help keep mosquitoes from using it?
There’s no solid division between the talents of each hemisphere; the left brain can learn “right-brain skills” and vice versa.
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Terminal velocity of a standard penny is 18 to 30 kilometres per hour. Not fast enough to kill – but it sure would sting.
Back in the day, putting a coin or other hard, flat object on a baby’s belly to help to heal an umbilical hernia was a common practice. Take a look at these other home remedies that will only make you worse.
Nowhere in the Bible does it specify that there were three.
Want to know something freaky? In the Bible, it is significant that Noah led seven pairs of all clean animals, one pair of every unclean animal and seven pairs of birds into the ark.
When the flood subsided, God, who had created the world in seven days, sent a redeeming rainbow with seven colours.
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No—they regulate temperature through panting. They actually sweat through their footpads.
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It’s not visible from space. No single human structure is visible from orbit, but you can see cities at night.
A flushed toilet does not rotate the other way in the Southern Hemisphere. The Coriolis effect doesn’t alter water in toilets.
Nope. He failed an entrance exam for a school but still excelled in math. Now meet these 8 people who are smarter than the great man himself.
Despite the famous stat going around that 41 per cent of American adults believe dinosaurs and humans coexisted, we actually missed each other by 64 million years.
Not really “holes,” but rather hugely dense objects with massive gravitational pull. Here are 15 more scientific mysteries that the world’s boffins still can’t figure out.
Some scientists insist on 21, including balance, pain and temperature.
Groundless fears based on fraudulent research that’s been shown to have been manipulated.
Most birds have a limited sense of smell, so they won’t abandon babies who “smell” of humans.
Even in heavy users and alcoholics, brain cells aren’t killed, only damaged.
Police don’t require a 24-hour waiting period before accepting a missing-persons report.
There are not different sections of the tongue for each taste: bitter, sour, salt, sweet and umami (savoury/meaty).
The proportion of the brain “firing” at any one time is task dependent, but ultimately, every region is used almost every day.
These were never medieval torture devices, but 18th-century fakes were created for sensational circuses.
Only in infants is most heat lost through the head (unless the head is the only uncovered part of the body).
They’ll be really confused, but it’s OK. They’re more likely to hurt themselves if they’re not awoken.
Actually, they grow on massive herbs that just resemble trees.
Nope, it doesn’t. There’s no need to avoid dairy if you have a cold.
Not only can bats see, but they also use echolocation.
Not really. The diuretic effect of caffeine is offset by the amount of water in a caffeinated drink.
While not the smartest creatures, goldfish boast a memory span of three months.
Regrown hair isn’t thicker, coarser, or darker; it just appears so because it grows back with a blunt tip.
The chewy base of gum is indigestible and passes straight through. The remainder is absorbed.
The helmets were created by a costume designer for a 19th-century Wagner opera.
It merely dilates warm blood vessels near the skin, creating the impression of warmth. It can actually drop core body temperature.
Not a room Romans used for Bacchanalian binges, but the name for the entrance to a stadium.
Studies have disproved this. Poor or rowdy behaviours still occur in children with sugar-free diets.
Bulls are colour-blind. They actually perceive the motions of the bullfighter’s cloth as a threat.
Sorry, Braveheart fans: they were prevalent in the Middle East centuries before Western Europe.
Wrong – but your skin tissue does recede, making them appear longer.
Humans can catch warts only from other humans. Those bumps on toads are just their skin glands.
It doesn’t stand for anything. SOS became a Morse code distress signal because it’s so easy to transmit: three dots, three dashes, three dots.
They ate the forbidden “fruit” of the tree of knowledge – nowhere in Genesis does it say it was an apple.
Of the celebs who have died since 1990, only in seven cases did three die in the same five-day period, according to data from the New York Times.
Spiders usually don’t crawl into beds during nighttime wanderings because they offer no prey. You probably swallow zero spiders per year.
Only above sea level. If you measure Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano from its underwater base, it stands more than 33,000 feet tall—4,000 above Everest.
It was just a small piece of lobe, and he did it during a violent spat with Pat Gauguin. Whether Van Gogh then gave it to a local girl remains unknown.
They landed in what is now Provincetown, Massachusetts, and signed the Mayflower Compact there. Plymouth came five weeks later.
“The Internet is a very resilient system,” says Web pioneer Vint Cerf.
“Shutting the whole thing down has not happened [since] it has been in operation.”
Egyptologists say this ancient construction job was a great honour granted only to respected labourers who remain entombed near the site today.
While designing a national seal, Franklin proposed an image of Moses, not a wild turkey, to represent America.
Because blood flow stimulates nail growth, the nails on your dominant hand actually grow faster.
This “uniform” comes from years of fiction and folklore. Real ninjas wore anything that would help them blend into daily life.
This article originally appeared on RD.com.