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JAN 30, 2023

Debunking Common Misconceptions: Setting the Record Straight

A PIECE BYAHSAN AROOJ
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Misconceptions are prevalent in many aspects of life, and can lead to misunderstandings and misinformation. This article explores some common misconceptions, and provides accurate information to set the record straight.

Misconceptions, or false beliefs, can be found in many areas of life, from science and history to everyday beliefs and practices. These misconceptions can lead to misunderstandings and misinformation, which can have negative consequences. In this article, I will explore some of the most common misconceptions, and provide accurate information to set the record straight.

Common Misconception 1: Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis

Cracking your knuckles may be annoying to some, but it doesn't cause arthritis. Arthritis is a degenerative joint disease caused by wear and tear on the joints, not by cracking your knuckles. The popping sound you hear when you crack your knuckles is actually the release of gas bubbles in the joint fluid.

Common Misconception 2: Shaving makes hair grow back thicker

Shaving does not affect the thickness of your hair. The hair may appear thicker after shaving because it's been cut at the same length, giving the illusion of thickness. Additionally, when the hair starts growing back, it may feel stubbly, which can also give the impression that it's grown back thicker.

Common Misconception 3: We only use 10% of our brain

We use all of our brain, not just 10%. The idea that we only use a small portion of our brain is a persistent myth. Different areas of the brain have different functions, but all are active and used in some capacity.

Common Misconception 4: Lightning never strikes the same place twice

Lightning can and does strike the same place multiple times. Tall structures, such as buildings and towers, are particularly vulnerable to being struck multiple times.

Common Misconception 5: You should avoid eating at night to lose weight

Eating at night doesn't cause weight gain, calorie intake does. Consuming more calories than you burn will lead to weight gain, regardless of the time of day. Additionally, skipping meals or going to bed hungry can disrupt your body's metabolism and make it harder to lose weight.

Common Misconception 6: Vaccines cause autism

There is no scientific evidence that vaccines cause autism. The link between vaccines and autism has been thoroughly debunked by numerous studies and research.

Common Misconception 7: The Great Wall of China is the only man-made structure visible from space

The Great Wall of China is not visible from space with the naked eye. The wall is long, but it is not wide or tall enough to be seen from space. Only large man-made structures, such as cities, can be seen from space.

Common Misconception 8: Goldfish have a three-second memory

Goldfish have a much longer memory than three seconds. Studies have shown that goldfish can remember learned tasks for up to three months, and can even distinguish between different shapes, colors, and patterns.

Common Misconception 9: Alcohol warms you up

Alcohol may make you feel warm, but it actually causes your body to lose heat. When you drink alcohol, it dilates your blood vessels, which causes your body to lose heat faster. This is why you may feel cold after drinking, despite feeling warm initially.

Common Misconception 10: You should wait until you're thirsty to drink water

You should drink water before you become thirsty. Being thirsty is a sign that you are already dehydrated. Drinking water regularly throughout the day is the best way to stay hydrated.


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