Mythology Myths You Always Believed That Are Actually 100% False  

Nathan Gibson
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Modern humans have access to more information than ever, yet there are still plenty of things you believe that aren't true. Even with the Internet, smartphones, and vast amounts of books, a ton of myths you believed that are false have persisted through the ages. These old wives' tales have continued to be passed down through generations, despite the readily-available contradictory evidence.

Whether the misinformed beliefs involve history or science, the amount of untrue things you thought were fact is staggering. There will almost certainly be some myths in this article that you have never questioned.

Hopefully, this will be a chance to correct some misconceptions, and to reveal why the myths have prevailed, despite being debunked a long time ago.

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Chameleons Change Color To Hide


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Most people assume that chameleons change color as a natural camouflage, allowing them to hide from predators by blending in with their surroundings. However, that is not the real reason why the reptile changes colors.

Chameleons will turn a different shade to alert other chameleons in the area of danger, or to communicate with them. Most species can only swap between a limited number of colors, and some chameleons cannot change at all.

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Kids Get A Sugar Rush After Eating Candy


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Despite what millions of parents around the world believe, sugar rushes in children are just not a thing that actually happens. While there is a commonly held belief that kids who eat a lot of sugar will become hyperactive and misbehave, there is actually no evidence to support this claim.

Studies have shown that the body doesn’t get extra bursts of energy from ingesting large amounts of sugar in a short span of time, since the biological processes involved are highly regulated. The myth is perpetrated because parents need something to blame their children's erratic behavior on, other than, you know, the way they were raised... 

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Chicks Will be Abandoned By Their Mothers If Picked Up By A Person


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Children are often taught not to pick up baby birds, as it is said that the mother will be able to detect the scent of the person and will then leave the chick to die. Although you probably shouldn’t pick up every tiny bird that you see, picking one up will not condemn the animal to death.

Birds develop very strong bonds with their young, and are unlikely to leave them unattended for any reason. Besides, most birds don’t have a strong sense of smell, so they probably wouldn't even notice the addition of a foreign scent. 

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Humans Only Have Five Senses


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One of the most widely believed myths is that people only have five senses. It is taught to children in school, and has been implanted into the psyche of the public.

The truth is far more complicated. Adding to the usual list of sight, hearing, taste, touch, and smell, researchers argue that there could be as many as 14 senses in total. These include the ability to sense where your body parts are (even when your eyes are closed), as well as the ability to distinguish between different temperatures.

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