Now that the internet exists, you would think that people wouldn’t be fooled by fake information anymore, but let’s be real: that’s not the case.
Sometimes you hear a fact so many times you think, “Well it has to be true.” But actually, it isn’t.
Many people still believe the myth that if you touch a baby bird, the parents won’t care for it anymore.
Throwing rice at weddings won’t make birds explode.
This myth is basically that if you throw dry rice and a bird eats it, the rice will expand in the bird’s stomach and the bird will explode.
It would make for an interesting wedding reception for sure if it were true, but it’s not.
Think about it logically; it takes boiling water to make rice expand, if a bird’s stomach were as hot as boiling water, the bird would probably have blown up long before it had any rice.
Apparently, this rumor was started by Ann Landers in one of her advice columns and was corrected by outraged orinologists everywhere.
Even so, this myth has basically made throwing rice at weddings a thing of the past, which probably nice for wedding venues who no longer have to clean up 1,000 grains of rice from their front steps.
Maybe Ann was working for them all along.
While we are on the subject, Alka-Seltzer won’t make seagulls explode, either.
George Washington did not have wooden teeth.
Wooden teeth sound completely impractical and frankly, painful (mouth splinters, anyone?).
George Washington probably would have thought so, too.
His teeth were actually made of gold, ivory, lead, and various types of animal (including hippo!) and human teeth.
Is that better? Honestly, it’s hard to say; it’s still pretty shocking to find out our first president had a mouth full of hippo.
Twinkies won’t last forever.
Alcohol in recipes goes away after baking or cooking.
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