The human body is one of the most intricate and amazing things nature has devised, and we learn much of our information about it from old wives' tales and rumors that many believe to be fact. The problem? Not all of it is fact. Here we fill you in on five huge misconceptions about these fleshy vessels in which our brain resides, and we're guessing they may surprise you!
5. You will catch a cold if you go out in freezing weather
This widely held belief is, in fact, a total misconception. The confusion springs from the fact that viruses are more common during the winter time, but it's not because we forget to put on a coat before going out for a snowball fight. The truth is, during the winter people are gathered indoors more, so they spread sickness more easily. The only thing that going out in the cold does is perhaps lower your resistance to an infection that you already have, but cold weather on its own will not make you sick. This has been perpetuated by mothers everywhere who just don't want to see their children catch cold, so this is a misconception that's sprung from the best of intentions.
4. Different parts of the tongue taste different things
The idea that our taste buds are separated into different regions that handle sweet, sour, savory, and salty flavors is a myth. All areas of the tongue can taste every type. This popular misconception was spread due to a mistranslation of a tongue map created by a Harvard professor decades ago. Amazing how this prevalent delusion was spawned by such a tiny mistake!
3. We only use ten percent of our brains
False! William James, a psychologist from the 1800s, once noted that humans used only ten percent of the brain, but he meant this metaphorically. The truth is certain portions of our brain are responsible for different actions and types of thought. Though certain activities can increase intelligence, the notion that there is an untapped reserve of brain power which is just waiting to be unlocked rests more with popular folklore than scientific theory.
2. Sugar makes kids hyperactive
What? This isn't true? Even we had no idea this was a myth! Numerous controlled, double-blind tests have shown again and again that there is no link to a child's behavior and sugar intake. That doesn't mean it's ok to load up on sweets. Constant consumption of sugary foods often spikes blood sugar to hazardous levels and can lead to obesity and diabetes, so it's always best to consume in moderation.
1. Warts can be caught from animals like frogs and toads
Human warts are caused by a virus that only affects us humans, the human pappiloma virus; they cannot be caught by animals with warts, and certainly not toads. On top of that, frogs and toads don't even have warts! The bumps along their body commonly mistaken for warts are in fact glands, yet another popular misconception.
What is your favorite human body myth?