15 Common Assumptions That Actually Aren’t True

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We are often led to believe things that aren’t true, and in an age where Facebook gets accused of influencing an election due to their inability to filter out fake news reports, never has this been more apparent.

However, while false stories from unreputable organizations are commonplace, there are many assumptions people have always had that aren’t true. Worst of all, most of them are believable and are passed down from generation-to-generation, with each as oblivious to their inauthenticity as the other. Here are 15 examples.

1. Alcohol Warms You Up

15 Common Assumptions That Actually Aren't True


You’ve probably been told countless times when sitting in a snowy field that an ‘alcohol blanket’ will make you forget the cold, but that isn’t the case. Instead, alcohol lowers your body temperature.

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It may make your skin feel warm, but this apparent ‘blanket’ is merely the result of your blood vessels dilating, which temporarily moves warm blood closer to the surface of your skin.

2. People Are Either Right Or Left Brained

15 Common Assumptions That Actually Aren't True


It seems odd that most of us believe we are somehow stronger on one side of the brain than we are on the other. But there’s a reason it sounds odd: It isn’t true.

Yes, this myth, which states that creativity and logical intelligence are formed on two separate sides of the brain is complete nonsense, with both sides working just as hard as the other.

3. Alcohol Kills Brain Cells

15 Common Assumptions That Actually Aren't True


Granted, you might question the intellect of your booze-loving friend when they repeatedly tell you that penguins can fly, but while penguins are in no way capable of flying, your friend’s ill-informed opinion isn’t likely to be as a result of heavy drinking.

Indeed, even if you’re an alcoholic, the damage to the brain will not be a result of cell loss, nor will you lose any on a drunken night out.

4. George Washington Was A Stoner

15 Common Assumptions That Actually Aren't True


This is a funny one, but one that, as much as we’d like to believe is true, simply isn’t. It is true that America’s first president grew hemp due to its excellent array of fibers, but there’s no way of knowing if he smoked it.

Being an astute and forward-thinking politician, Washington was more interested in its commercial value, which, according to written documents, suggested that he saw the crop as a more valuable cash crop than tobacco before concluding that wheat was.

5. Twinkies Don’t Expire

15 Common Assumptions That Actually Aren't True


As much as we’d love Twinkies to last forever, this sadly isn’t true, despite many saying otherwise

Admittedly, the pastry has a longer shelf life than most, and the consensus among experts is that a packet can last for 25 days, which compared with major coffee chains who throw away their pastries after only one day, is still highly impressive.

6. It’s Dangerous Waking A Sleepwalker

15 Common Assumptions That Actually Aren't True


The last thing you’ll probably want to do when seeing someone sleepwalking is to wake them up due to a common-held belief that doing so is dangerous. But that’s far from the case.

You may startle them, and they may feel confused and even panicked when woken, but it won’t be anything more than that.

7. Vitamin C Helps Deal With Colds

15 Common Assumptions That Actually Aren't True


No matter how much freshly-squeezed orange juice you have, it’s unlikely, contrary to popular belief, that your cold will get any better.

However, those who regularly consume Vitamin C may find their symptoms don’t last as long as those who have a lack of Vitamin C in their diet.

8. Christopher Columbus Discovered The Earth Was Round 

15 Common Assumptions That Actually Aren't True


The famed Italian explorer found many empty lands and has assured his place in the history books for doing so, but he certainly wasn’t the first to believe that the Earth was round, with many of his peers already assuming it was round.

Instead, that accolade, while almost impossible to prove, could arguably be attributed to the Greek philosopher Aristotle, who, in 384-322 BC, wrote in his celebrated writings that the Earth was spherical, because of the circular shadow it cast on the Moon.

9. Different Parts Of Your Tounge Detect Different Flavours

15 Common Assumptions That Actually Aren't True


While it may appear like our tongues have many different receptors, they all serve the same purpose.

This commonly held theory, which has often been taught in schools, is a myth with several thousand sensors on our tongue being able to recognize any of the tastes.

10. We Only Have 5 Senses

15 Common Assumptions That Actually Aren't True


It’s surprising to think that many people believe this when you consider how varied and multifaceted the human body is but if you did a bit of research, you’ll soon discover that human nervous systems have multiple senses.

After all, while sight (ophthalmoception), hearing (audioception), taste (gustaoception), smell (olfacoception or olfacception), and touch (tactioception) are the most recognised senses, there are much more.

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