35 Persistent Myths That Need to Be Retired Pronto

35 Persistent Myths That Need to Be Retired Pronto

We were a little annoyed with these myths at first. Parading around as facts, they had us believing that they were true! But we’re partly to blame here too. We all perpetuated their falsehood by blindly believing and spreading them without doing our own research first. Well, that all ends today! We combed through every would-be fact out there and chucked each one in the “True” or “False” bins. And today we’re dumping the “False” bin down this list.

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MYTH: ALCOHOL WARMS YOU UP. MICHTERS US-D AMERICAN WHISKEY GRACKED.COM FACT: ALCOHOL only MAKES YOU FeeL WARMER. Which may be all you care about, if you're just worried about getting a little chilly. But if you're really worried about freezing, feeling warmer means more blood rushing to your skin, which actually makes you lose heat faster.

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CRACKED.COM MYTH: The Pilgrims definitely landed on Plymouth Rock It wasn't until 121 years after William Bradford & Co. set foot on land that there's any mention of the granite. A son of a Pilgrim told of its signification, but the only surviving firsthand accounts make no mention of it.

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CRACKED Your heart is on your-left side. It's a myth that the heart is on the left side of the chest. Actually, the heart is in the middle of the chest, but it's slightly tilted to the left.

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CRACKED Shaved hair grows back thicker. Shaving doesn't change the color, thickness, or how fast the hair grows. It might feel a bit coarser or stubbly when it starts to grow back, which can make it seem darker or thicker, but it's not actually changing.

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Urine is sterile. It's a myth that pee is totally clean. In reality, even healthy people have some bacteria in their urine. CRACKED

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Most people with Tourette's syndrome don't curse. Well, maybe they do, but just like everyone else, not because of the Tourette's. The syndrome is characterized by tics, such as blinking, twitching, or clearing your throat. Only about 10% show coprolalia (saying inappropriate stuff without meaning to). CRACKED.COM

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PROSECUTORS AREN'T USUALLY UNDERDOGS. Scrappy prosecutors taking on rich sleazes with hotshot lawyers are the exception, not the rule. Up to 90% of defendants can't afford their own lawyers, and must rely on overworked, underfunded public defenders, who don't have the resources of prosecutors. CRACKED.COM

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CRACKED.COM Chalk outlines were never a police tool. 3 Outlining a body doesn't help with the investigation-when it was done at all, it was just to give the press something to photograph that wasn't the actual body. Today it's just not done anymore.

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CRACKED.COM IT'S REALLY NOT A GOOD IDEA TO TAKE OFF YOUR M MASK IN A FIGHTER JET. Fighter jets aren't pressurized like airliners are, and on top of that, high-G maneuvers can make it hard to breathe - so pilots need their oxygen masks on to, you know, not pass out and die.

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