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Popular 'facts' that are actually lies

Popular Facts That Are Actually Lies

There are certain "facts" that we believe to be true -- just because. Well, did you know that these 10 "facts" are actually not true?

Take a peek -- and then stun your friends with your new found knowledge.

1. "Shaving makes your hair grow back thicker."

Shaving does not cause hair to grow back thicker. Shaving the hair makes the hair grown back feeling coarse thus making it appear darker and thicker.

2. "Nicotine causes cancer."

Nope, tar and chemicals in the vapor cause cancer. Nicotine is what makes it addicting.

3. "Did you know that the big bang was a giant explosion?"

The big bang was an expansion of outer space, not an explosion.

4. "Coffee is made from a bean."

Not quite right. What we refer to as coffee beans are actually seeds.

5. "Goldfish only remember things for 3 seconds."

They can actually remember things for a pretty long time.

6. "Did you know that water spins the opposite direction down the drain in different hemispheres."

Actually it's the same everywhere. The Coriolis effect, which is what people claim causes water to spin in the opposite direction, is too weak to be visible going down the drain.

7. "Chameleons change their color as a disguise to match their environment."

Chameleons change their color to communicate with other chameleons and the camouflage part is kind of a bonus.

8. "Going out in the cold with a wet head will make you sick."

In fact, colds are caused by a virus -- so people who go outside with wet hair are not more likely to get sick than those who don't.

9. "Did you know that Einstein failed at math when he was young?"

According to Einstein, he mastered differential and integral calculus before he was 15.

10. "Did you know that a ducks quack doesn't echo?"

Actually, a duck's quack echoes pretty well.

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myroguisheyes August 27 2014 at 9:05 AM

Good to see the dittoheads are out on automatic. Please stop inserting politics into EVERY story. You are not funny.

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venturamickey myroguisheyes September 01 2014 at 2:59 PM

your wrong politicians are the biggest joke you can observe

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richcmoore August 27 2014 at 4:02 PM

11. Anything with the word(s) " climate change" or consenses science".
12. A truthful democrat.
13. Obama is very bright.

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beniehill August 27 2014 at 10:05 AM

left one out, president Obama is a good leader.

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Kay August 27 2014 at 11:03 PM

11. The Huffington Post is a responsible and unbiased news outlet.

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smashingmonkey August 27 2014 at 10:59 AM

I just asked my goldfish if he knows whether or not coffee is made from beans. He said he didn't remember. Then I flushed him down the toilet, . . counter-clockwise.

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alfredschrader August 27 2014 at 7:47 AM

There are some serious corrections to this. Actually nicotine does cause cancer. Many people that chew tobacco get mouth cancer and there is no tar or smoke involved.

The Big Bang never occured. Light slows down over vast distance causing an apparent shift. The galaxies are moving at random.
One of them is actually colliding with our own Milky Way galaxy.

A good friend of mine who has passed on, Henry Yunick, used the coriolis effect to advantage by spinning the racing engine crankshaft in reverse. The tech guys never did discover why his cars were faster.

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pwanless August 27 2014 at 3:40 PM

Well, they couldn't put it on the internet if it wasn't true! I learned that from the internet :)

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Calvin pwanless September 01 2014 at 12:24 PM

you learned reel good

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eric September 01 2014 at 12:06 PM

Someone needs a dictionary so they can look up the word "bean".

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plewdawg August 27 2014 at 7:24 AM

11. Obama quit smoking
12. Michelle eats healthy

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l2d3b August 27 2014 at 12:56 PM

They forgot one - that manmade CO2 causes global warming.

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