Pop culture owes its credit to a lot of stupid things we believe in. Here are 15 myths we believe thanks to pop culture:
1. Whenever there is a depiction of medieval writing shown in pop culture, people seem to use decorative quills. While in reality, the stroke of the feathers against our hand acts as a hindrance when writing. The actual feather used by people in the Middle Ages looked more like this:
2. It’s a long-held myth that most serial killers had abusive childhoods. However, surveys suggest that 70% of serial killers do not report any child abuse. These numbers may include people who are unwilling to admit to having had a traumatic childhood, but it’s still a pretty high number that debunks popular belief.
3. Serial killers in movies and TV shows are often depicted as geniuses (or at least smart). However, real serial killers have lower than average IQs. A study of over 2,600 serial killers found they were smarter than your everyday idiot, with an average 1Q of 94.7.
4. In the movies, every time a spaceship or anything in space explodes, it results in a huge fireball explosion. This is not true however. Space is a vacuum, which means there is no oxygen or fuel for the fireball. An explosion would be just a brief flash of light in the region of the explosion.
5. That red puddle you see under your steak isn’t really blood. Beef carcasses are drained of their blood before being slaughtered and processed. The red liquid we get on our plate is a mixture of water and myoglobin, a protein found in muscle tissue.
6. It’s a myth that hyenas rely on lions to kill for them. Hyenas are such great hunters that they are more likely to have their hunt stolen by a lion.
7. If you ever get arrested, you can’t just stay silent and expect the cops to stop questioning you. The right to remain silent is given to everyone, but it is important to say it out loud. Supreme Court decisions have stated that you must assert this right orally. It can also be stated that they will remain silent until they have a lawyer present.
8. It’s a myth that people in England drink an obscene amount of tea. In fact, an individual in Ireland drinks more (4,831 lbs/year) but the Turks come out on top (6,961 lbs).
9. In movies, it’s often depicted that a predator will drop everything it eats to eat you. In reality, however, predators usually don’t start a new meal if they see a human nearby.
10. It’s a long-held myth that camel humps store water. Camels’ humps are filled with regular old fat. It is their unique blood cells that allow them to store more water than other animals.
11. The sun is actually white from space, not yellow. Earth’s atmosphere makes it appear yellow or orange, but from the International Space Station it appears white.
12. It’s a myth that wolves only howl at the moon. The truth is, wolves howl to communicate. It doesn’t matter if it’s day or night.
13. Many people believe that fire and lava will only burn them if they touch them. It’s not true. Even if you are a few meters away from an explosion, you can easily get burned.
14. Space battles depicted in movies and TV shows are very loud. However, you can’t if you don’t have air
15. Communication between vast distances is often shown quite quickly in movies and TV shows. The average transmission time lag between Earth and Mars in conjunction at their farthest point can be nearly twenty-one minutes. Now add another twenty-one for the return.
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