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66 most popular myths

Surprisingly, in our progressive times, many people continue to believe in long-defunct famous myths from history and science. To see the pruths, select a category and click on the "icons" on the site.

The bigger the "icon," the more virulent the myth. For example, the "five-second rule" is very common: If a piece of food fell on the floor, but you managed to pick it up faster than five seconds passed, then nothing bad happened. In fact, the number of bacteria that had time to "migrate" to the food depends on how dirty the floor is, and nothing else.

Other popular myths from history, religion, and science

  • Napoleon I Bonaparte was not short at all. The emperor and great commander was about 1.7 m tall, which is considered above average for a European at the time.
  • Satan does not rule hell. This is not mentioned anywhere in the Bible.
  • There is no such thing as a lie detector. Rather, the polygraph itself is quite tangible, but it only shows, roughly speaking, the degree of excitement of the person: changes in heart rate, breathing and other parameters.
  • Bulls don't hate the color red. They do not distinguish between colors in principle, but react aggressively to the flickering red rag in front of their eyes, perceiving it as a threat.
  • There is no banana tree. The banana is actually a giant but grass.
  • Black holes are not holes. These are very dense objects with a great gravitational pull, attracting even light. But it is not a hole in the usual sense of going somewhere.
  • Humans and dinosaurs did not live together. Although 41% adults in the U.S. think our ancestors hunted dinosaurs, that's not true. We're about 63 million years apart.
  • There is no such thing as scientific proof. Proofs are incompatible with science, which by its nature is temporary and constantly being revised. Only mathematics has proofs.
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