That your penis can be extended or its girth widen; that elephants are the only mammals that can’t jump, and sugar causes children’s hyperactivity, here you can read another 10 of the Most Popular Myths that have been busted!
The only mammals that can’t jump are Elephants
Just so you know, even though adult elephants indeed cannot jump, they are not the only mammals that can’t! Of course, if by jumping we mean that state in which there are no feet on the ground at the same time after propelling oneself from a position of stillness that is. Contrary to this belief, there is this particular other mammal called “sloth” that can’t do it either, which is fine since it fits into its lazy lifestyle anyway. We also have the hippopotamuses and rhinoceroses, that just like the others, can’t jump either. The difference between these last two mammals and the elephants is that the latest are able to have all four feet off the ground when they are running.
The Fruit eaten by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden was an apple
The fruit eaten by Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden it is nowhere in the Bible referred to as “apple”. As late as the 17th century, during the Middle English time, “apple” was a generic term used for all the fruits -including nuts-, but with the exception of the berries; and neither the tree nor the fruit is identified by species. Nonetheless, in the art of continental Europe, the period that represents the Fall of Man, the fruit is often depicted as an apple. The myth of the apple, comes from a Latin word likeness: Latin mălus = “bad”, mălum = “an evil”, mālus = “apple tree” and “mast of a ship”, mālum = “apple (fruit)”.
Your penis can be extended or its girth widen with medications or special devices
This is completely untrue, as well as the source of millions of spam e-mails that are sent around the world on a daily basis. The pills, vacuum pumps, and stretching techniques don’t make any difference to the size of your joy-stick. Undergoing an enhancement surgery is, unfortunately, the only way for you to enlarge your penis. This is, obviously, an extremely expensive procedure, not to mention amazingly painful!
Jihad is an “Islamic war on the western world”
Jihad is actually a verb that means “struggle or strive”, and is not an “Islamic war on the western world”. A person can have a religious jihad, or a family jihad, but it may or may not include violence against non-Muslims. We can compare it to the term “crusade”, which in some cases Muslims consider it as Western violence against Islam, but it is more often used as a metaphorical struggle, such as “a crusade against drugs” for example.
Goldfish only have a three-second memory
The idea that goldfish only have a three-second memory is totally false! After an exposure of a few months, they can recognize their owners since they have been trained to navigate mazes.
The Emancipation Proclamation of Abraham Lincoln freed the slaves
This is another popular myth that is not true. The emancipation proclamation of 1862 actually freed little, or no slaves at all since Lincoln declared the freedom of only the slaves of the states for which him and the Union government had no control over, meaning, granting freedom only for the slaves of the confederate states! Slavery was officially abolished in full thanks to the Thirteenth Amendment of December 1865.
Shaving makes hair grow back darker or thicker
Your hair won’t grow back darker or thicker because you shave it! This popular myth is false. What led to this belief is that hair that has never been cut has a tampered end, but once it’s cut, there is no more taper. It feels and appears thicker, due to the unworn edges. Also, hair that has never been cut is lighter due to sun exposure, that’s why it may appear darker after you shave it.
Sugar causes children’s hyperactivity
Children’s hyperactivity is not caused by Sugar. This is a very well-know popular myth, but it isn’t true either. Double blind trials have shown no difference in the behavior between children who follow a diet that contains sugar, and those who follow a sugar-free diet. In fact, it was discovered that the difference in the behavior of children was all in parents’ minds.
There is a dark side of the Moon
The Sun illuminates -around half of the time- every part of the Moon’s surface, (except maybe for some deep craters located near the poles) so there is no “dark side of the Moon”. This phrase uses the word “dark” meaning that there is a side of the moon that is “unknown” because it cannot be seen from the Earth due to tidal locking.
The only man-made structure visible from space is the Great Wall of China
It is false that the Great Wall of China is the only structure that is made by man, and which can be seen from the Moon. None of the Apollo astronauts reported to have seen a man-made object from the Moon. Richard Halliburton is believed to have been the one who popularized this misconception decades before men even landed on the moon. So, another most popular myth has been busted!