Does the Bull attacks on red color ? Does late night eating makes you gain weight ? Does “Jihad” means “Holy Wars”. People have so many misconceptions which they blindly follow, but it’s time to bust those myths and clear some air (but in a fun way):
1. Bulls attack on red color (Bullshit !):
Most people in the world think that a bull charges and attacks any moving thing with a red color which is completely wrong. This misconception began in 1700s when the Spanish metadors started to wear red capes in bull fights and it fooled the entire world for centuries. It is not the red in cape that makes a bull attack, it is the cape moving in air rapidly that makes a bull insecure and attack. If the metadors had used green capes in bull fights, the conception would have been the bulls attacking green color(Hilarious, Isn’t it !). A bull is nearly color blind. It can see only few basic colors and red means nothing to a bull. An experiment was conducted involving the same bull with 3 fighters wearing red, white and green capes at different times in the same arena. Guess what, the bull attacked all 3 of them.
2. Swallowed Gum stays in your body for Seven Years (Childishly Wrong):
When I was a kid, I swallowed a gum and my mom said it would stay in my stomach for 7 years so I should eat more green vegetables. Parents have so many ways to scare a child into eating healthy, and sometimes they do it just for fun. Like when I swallowed some orange seeds and my dad said that an orange plant will now start to grow in my stomach and its branches would come out of my mouth and ears, god knows I didn’t sleep for 2 nights. But you’ll happy to know that both of these conceptions are wrong(second one is obvious). When a gum is swallowed, our digestive system tries to break it down just like any other food but since the ingredients are synthetic, it passes into small intestine as it is and comes out of our body in 2-3 days max.
3. Jihad means “Holy War” (Holy mother of god that is wrong):
I am declaring a Jihad on you through this website.. Hide where you can, I am coming for you !! Did I use the word “Jihad” correctly in that sentence ? No, I didn’t. The common misconception is that Jihad means some kind of “Holy War” or “Religious War” but that is not true at all. In Arabic, “Jihad” means Struggle. It can be associated with the struggle in a spiritual way but not in any kind of religious ways. It was associated with “Holy War” by the modern media who just wants to get people’s attention in any way possible.
4. Sushi means Raw Fish (Bubbly Wrong):
The word “Sushi” doesn’t mean “Raw Fish”. It just means “sour rice” which is basically vinegared rice and also not all of the sushi dishes include raw fish. So when you order the Sushi next time, don’t water your mouth, it’s not a fish !!
5. Cold Weather can give you common cold (Freezingly Wrong) :
“It’s freezing out there !! If I go outside, I’ll catch common cold.” News Flash..No, you won’t. It is a common misconception that you can catch common cold by cold weather or wet hair. The cold is spread by cold virus not by cold weather, it is more common during winters as most people are indoors and the virus spreads more easily. As a matter of fact, cold virus survives better during spring season than winters as the humidity is high at that time. There’s one more related myth regarding this disease that it can be cured by Vitamin C which is wrong. Vitamin C can only increase you immunity before you catch cold, after catching cold it is not of much help.
6. Late Night Eating Makes You Gain Weight(A big fat lie !):
Good news for the mid night snackers !! People say if you eat more at night, you’ll start gaining weight and also that diner should be the lightest meal of the day. Both of these things are wrong. It would impact your body’s weight just like any other meal of the day. Your body will gain weight if you eat for than 3 meals a day. For example after taking a full course diner, if you start eating potato chips at night, the weight gain would be because of more consumption of food and not because you had it late. So if want to had snack at late night, keep you diner light and you are good as new.
7. Seasons are caused by change in distance of Earth’s orbit around the sun (Enormously Wrong !)
Most people think that seasons are caused by change in Earth’s distance from the sun in winter and summer. They think that summer comes when the earth is close to Sun in its orbit and winters when it is far in orbit. Both of these things are not true. As a matter of fact, Earth moves farthest in its orbit from the Sun in summer. Seasons are caused by Earth’s axial tilt. In Northern Hemisphere, the North Pole tilts away from sun and hence sun appears low in the sky and days are short, which brings the winter and exactly opposite happens for summer. When an area of the Earth’s surface is perpendicular to the light coming from sun, it starts receiving more radiation than when it’s oriented at an oblique angle.
8. Sugar makes children hyperactive (A Sweet Misconception) :
Most people think that sugar makes the kids hyperactive which has been proven wrong by Scientists through various tests. Then how this misconception began? It began because sugar is associated with cakes and candies which are common during occasions and festivals and guess what… children are more excited during holidays, occasions and festivals which make them seem hyperactive at the same time.
9. Most of body heat leaves through head (Baldly False):
Most people think that 40-45% of total body heat leaves through our head. This conception is not correct either. Every part of our body dissipates equal amount of heat, it’s just our heads are not covered like all other body parts which is why we feel like losing heat from head. If your other body parts need covering in winters, so does head, it’s not demanding any special treatment from you.
10. The Great Wall of China is one and only man-made structure that is visible from space(Noodly Wrong !)
There is not a single place from space from where you can see only china wall and not other manmade structures. If you are close enough to see china wall, you would also be able to see roads and big buildings. And it is the view from earth’s atmosphere only, you cannot call it space. From space, you can’t see any of the man made things except lights at night from hugely populated cities as a tiny point of light.
So next time you hear about a thing, don’t follow like a blind man in a corn field, be curious and find out if it’s really true or not ! Kudos for Curiosity !!
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