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10 Fascinating Modern Myths That People Still Think Are True

Some modern myths will never die. Think you know how long a gold fish’s memory lasts? Can you kill by dropping a penny off the Empire State Building? You may be in for a surprise, find out the truth about these urban myths.

A myth is a traditional, typically ancient story dealing with supernatural beings, ancestors, or heroes that serves as a fundamental type in the worldview of a people. The purpose of myths is to account for the origins of something, explain aspects of the natural world, or delineate the psychology, customs, or ideals of society.

10Myth: Goldash only have 3 second memories.

Truth: Goldash learned to associate feeding time with a sound and still remembered 5 months later.

09Myth: If a pigeon eats rice it could explode.

Truth: Bird seed expands by 40% when soaked in water – white rice expands by 33%.

08Myth: Santa Claus wears red rather than green because of COCA-COLA.

Truth: The red suit was influenced by the traditional bishop robes of Saint Nicholas in the 4th Century.

07Myth: We only use 10% of our brain, accessing 100% of our brain would give us super powers.

Truth: We´re at 100% capacity. If only used our neuronal level would be below a frog.

06Myth: The Great Wall of China is the only man-made object visible from the Moon.

Truth: Because of its gray brick wall, it isn´t even visible to the unaided eye in low earth orbit.

05Myth: If you drop a penny off the top of the Empire State Building it will fall fast enough to kill someone.

Truth: A penny would be traveling at 50 mph when it reached the ground. A fired bullet travels at 800 mph.

04Myth: The average person swallows 7 spiders a year in their sleep.

Truth: The myth was reportedly started by an email hoax in 1993.

03Myth: Albert Einstein failed math at school.

Truth: Einstein boasted “before I was fifteen I had mastered differential and integral calculus”.

02Myth: US president John F. Kennedy ended a speech in German announcing “I am a jam doughnut”.

Truth: “Ich bin ein Berliner” translates correctly to “I am a Berliner” but “berliner” is also a type of German pastry.

01Myth: Kentucky Fried Chicken shortened its name to KFC when they stopped using “real” chickens.

Truth: KFC changed their name in 1991 to avoid paying license fees to The Commonwealth of Kentucky.
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