This myth likely stems from the fact that you might only be using approximately 10% of your brain when you’re at rest and not thinking about much, but according to Neurologist Barry Gordon at Johns Hopkins, this myth is “almost laughable,” and probably started as a way for people to explain their intellectual shortcomings due to having “untapped gray matter.”
2. 'You Swallow 7 Spiders In Your Sleep Every Year'
The “Napoleon Complex” refers to the stereotype that shorter males sometimes act more aggressively than their taller counterparts. Only, Napoleon himself wasn’t actually short, as the legend says. He stood at nearly 5’7”, which would’ve been average height at the time.
Most parents can probably recall a time when they’ve had to cut their kids off from sugary treats for fear that they’d surely go nuts later on from the sugar overload, but in reality, the hyperactivity is likely due to the fact that kids are often around their friends at birthday parties when copious amounts of sugar are available to them.
Of course, there are lots of reasons why kids shouldn’t be consuming a lot of sugar, but you don’t have to worry too much about them becoming hyperactive from it.
Anyone who’s made pasta before knows the “secret” to getting the water to boil more quickly is to add a pinch of salt. But realistically, adding salt will only take off a negligible amount of time — maybe a couple seconds if that.
It’s true that alcohol abuse can cause some brain damage, but the damage isn’t due to brain-cell death. A moderate amount of drinking generally doesn’t damage brain cells at all, and in fact, “the amount of alcohol needed to kill brain cells would also kill the person drinking it.”
Disclaimer: Alcohol still isn’t good for you, kids.
Antibiotics are used to fight bacterial infections or diseases — not viruses. This is why we don’t receive them to treat the common cold or flu. They also don’t stop you from passing on an infection to another person.
On average, taking vitamin C won't help most people prevent the common cold, although taking it before the onset of symptoms may help to shorten the duration of symptoms. It may also be more effective for people who are frequently exposed to the virus.
The average person needs between 46 and 56 grams of protein per day (depending on gender), but in reality, the average American eats far more than necessary per day, at around 80 grams. Vegetarians and vegans eat 70% more protein than what is necessary.
Fiber, on the other hand, should be a far bigger concern, as only 3% of Americans get enough of it in their diets.
As a kid your parents likely told you to put on a hat before going outside in the winter because, supposedly, most of your body heat is lost through your head. In reality, only about 7-10% of your body heat is lost through your head.
Obviously not everyone believes this one, but it’s certainly significant enough that we had to include it. Vaccines are indeed safe and undergo rigorous testing and regular monitoring. And no, they do not cause autism, as evidenced by a multitude of studies.