We all must have come across some astonishing facts that we our whole life consider true but, was it? We have brought you some of the common facts which were thought to be true but are not.
1. Mount Everest- The tallest mountain in the world: In primary classes and general knowledge we all have read that mount Everest is the tallest mountain in the world with a height of 8,848 meters, turned out to be wrong. Everest has no parts below sea level and true measurements include in-depth calculation. Mount Mauna Kea, Hawaii which stands only 4,206 meters above sea level, upon calculated from below sea level emerges as the winner with whopping 10,200 meters. So, next time when someone asks about the tallest mountain, you have a pretty interesting answer with an in-depth logic to give.
2. Covering your head because you’ll catch cold bare-headed: It’s winter and mommy probably insisting you to wear a hat because you lose body heat through your head due to lack of fat on it etc. etc. Sadly, that is not true. Although, Mommy’s caring gesture needs appreciation but, the loss of heat from the head is as much as we lose from any other part of our body. So, if you feel your head is cold, it’s due to the bareness of head and the cold weather, no doubt.
3. Humans use only 10 percent of their brain: If it was even 10% true we’d probably be scratching our butts and wondering how and why did that apple fell from the tree? Even questioning would require much more than that percentage. And if so, people would not die to a bullet in their brain. The scans show that whole brainy area is too damn active and at one point or another your brain is functioning at 100%.
4. The five-second theory: It is a myth highly regarded as a fact which is not, to be true. There is no determined theory that can apply on this matter. Well, our gastrointestinal system is so mighty that it can destroy probably any germs but hey! we don’t have a salmonella alarm, do we? This germ can survive for weeks even if you have moped or cleaned your floor. Better safe than shitty!
5. Mom bird abandons her baby upon human touch: This other day you saw a baby bird wandering in your lawn trying to spread its (I used its because the gender is yet to confirm) wings to fly but couldn’t. So, you being the spreader of love went to its aid. Gave it a house and food and clothing and education and car and shit I went too far, so you took its home. Well, you did wrong. Not due to you touched it, birds don’t abandon their child because of human touch (that would be racist, though). But, remember when you had your first driving lesson. You didn’t turn out to be the next Michael Schumacher at the first take, someone was guiding you the whole time. It’s mommy probably was on one of the trees and was guiding her offspring when suddenly you decided to play hero.
6. Different tastes are detected at different parts of your tongue: This theory prevailed for a long time. Recently, it has been found that different region’s different tasting concept was Ummm not true. In fact, people can feel different taste all over their tongue. At present, there are four identified basic tastes that are sweet, salty, bitter and sour.
7. Color changing in chameleons is to blend with the environment: You didn’t by any chance happen to notice that Chameleon on your patio? Geez! Don’t be so startled, you scared that poor little soul. The color change you just witnessed wasn’t because it wanted to blend in with the surroundings but due to fear. Chameleons use their chromatophores (Pigment containing group of cells) to change colors. There are reasons behind the color change, it could be physical, emotional or psychological.
8. Five senses in humans: Did you feel the pain of my slap? You certainly must have heard the sound. Did you see it coming? Maybe it’s because you couldn’t smell it and you tasted the defeat. We just described you the 5 senses you thought humans have had. Have you ever tried touching your nose while your eyes are shut? That is proprioception. The pain you feel is another sense too called nociception. The list continues and the final count of senses is pfft… somehow under conflict. You get the idea, right?
9. Talking on the phone causes cancer: Hell no! Talking on the phone doesn’t cause brain cancer. In the past few years, this mobile phone radiation thing made quite a stir of people getting tumors for using the phone to talk. If studies are to believe since 1991 use of phone has increased by six times and on the other hand death by brain tumors or cancer has fallen by half. Don’t you think your phone is ringing!
10. The dark side of the moon: There is no such thing as the dark side of the moon. From earth, we are only able to see 59% of the moon’s area and rest 41% well, from this vantage point it’s impossible to see the whole. It doesn’t mean the remaining parts are dead freezing in the deep black. We feel that the moon isn’t rotating but that’s not true and it rotates slowly.
11. Antibiotics murders viruses: You have been taking antibiotics to cure a cold or flu. You shouldn’t. Antibiotics are created to kill bacteria and it doesn’t have much effect on the virus which, of course, causes cold and flu. Rather taking antibiotics without the prescribed use can lead you to some amount of trouble making bacteria in your body drug-resistant which in turn could create ‘superbugs.’ So, no! Superman won’t kill Ironman because you know DC and Marvels.
So, the next time when someone throws one of this mythical facts on you, make sure you bust it.