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The Truth Behind Myths and Misconceptions

There are tons of everyday science myths we allow to dictate our behavior without even knowing it. News flash: Toilets don’t flush differently depending on what hemisphere you’re in. Nor will you catch a cold just because you left the house in dead winter with a head of wet hair. These common myths, often staunchly defended, are the rules many have been taught to live by. And they’ve all been debunked.

How much crueler can fate be, you ask? Well, cats don’t really have nine lives, and there is no actual stairway to heaven. But in all seriousness, how did these pervasive myths rise in popularity? How did they withstand the test of time, and why can’t we stop believing them? Most start as facts that get slightly twisted over time (for example, carrots are great for eye health, but don't actually improve vision). Get ready to have your world shattered as this playlist puts the science behind common misconceptions.

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Many of the things you think you know about animals are wrong! Anthony goes down his list of favorite animal myths. Read More: Spider silk is a wonder of nature, but it's not stronger than steel "You must have heard that spider silk is stronger than steel. We all want to believe that there are wonder materials in nature that are far superior to human-made ones." Do the humps on camels hold water? "No -- a camel's hump is a giant mound of fat, actually." A Bird in the Hand "Claim: Handling a baby bird will cause its mother to reject it." Bird Senses: How Birds Use Their 5 Senses "Birds depend on their senses for survival, and bird senses have adapted to give birds the edge they need to thrive." The Avian Sense of Smell "Most birds are primarily "sight animals" as their superb eyes, colorful plumage, and nonacoustic signals attest." Watch More: Extinct Animals Coming Back: How Animals See: Science Makes Glowing Sheep: ____________________ DNews is dedicated to satisfying your curiosity and to bringing you mind-bending stories & perspectives you won't find anywhere else! New videos twice daily. Watch More DNews on TestTube Subscribe now! DNews on Twitter Anthony Carboni on Twitter Laci Green on Twitter Trace Dominguez on Twitter DNews on Facebook DNews on Google+ Discovery News

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