Lies You Were Told As A Kid That You Probably Still Believe

Buzzfeed put together a list of lies we were told as a kid that we probably still believe today! Check out some of my favorites below!  

You don't have to wait to swim after eating

            This whole myth stems from the (incorrect) notion that while your body is digesting, there isn't enough blood flowing to your limbs, so you'll get cramps and drown. That is totally false.

Vitamin C doesn't actually prevent colds.

            Studies have shown that your daily OJ won't stop you from getting a cold. BUT! If you already have a cold, Vitamin C could help the symptoms go away faster.

Touching frogs won't give you warts.

            This falsehood started because people thought the bumps on a frogs' back were warts — but they're not! Warts are caused by a human virus, and you can't get them from frogs or toads. Still best not to handle wild animals, though.

Cracking your knuckles will not give you arthritis.

            There are other reasons you should avoid doing it, though.

Your tongue doesn't actually have different taste bud "sections" for sweet, salty, sour, and bitter.

            Your taste receptors are actually scattered pretty evenly across the mouth. Middle school was all a lie.

Humans have more than just five senses.

            Most people are taught about the core five in school — but there are actually way more than that. Think about balance, temperature, pain...the list goes on!

Gum does not take seven years to digest — it passes through your system just like anything else you eat.

       Unless you're swallowing massive quantities of it, you'll just poop it out.

You don't actually swallow spiders in your sleep — like, ever.

         Your sleeping, breathing body terrifies spiders too much to even go near you. You're definitely not swallowing eight a year.

 

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