Top 30 Myths We All Think Are True (But Really Aren’t!) #20-16
#20 – The Great Wall Of China Is Visible From Space
Yes, it’s big, but not that big. It can’t be seen from space. It is, after all, just a wall, even if it stretches for many miles. If you could see the Great Wall of China from space, there would be countless other things you could see as well.
#19 – Toilet Seats Are Covered In Germs
We all know that bathrooms are not the most sanitary of places. But these days, we clean our toilets so often that they actually have a lot fewer germs than many things we use every day. How often, for example, do you clean your cellphone? Imagine all the germs that thing has next time you push it against your face. You’re welcome.
#18 – Alcohol Warms You Up
That burning sensation you feel when you have a sip of alcohol is often described as “warm,” but that does not mean alcohol actually warms you up. In fact, boozing actually dilates your blood vessels, making your blood pump closer to your skin, which causes a drop in your core body temperature. So you might feel numb to the cold, but you’re actually freezing.
#17 – Coffee Stunts Your Growth
There are certainly valid reasons you may not want to give your kids caffeinated drinks, such as rising hyperactivity or the astronomical sugar content of your average Starbucks Frappuccino, but stunting growth is not one of them. There is no scientific evidence that points to coffee having any effect on growth.
#16 – Sugar Is As Addictive As Heroin
When we eat sugar, our brains light up with pleasure and our bodies say, “I want more!” This does not, however, mean we’re all addicted to sugar. Sugar is pleasurable and we like it, but you can quit eating it if you really want to without physical withdrawal effects. It’s just hard to resist with all the donuts and cookies around us every day.