10 ‘Facts’ Everyone Knows…That Are Actually Myths

At one point or another, your mother probably told you to put a hat on in the winter, since heat escapes through your head.

You probably also believe that Mount Everest is the tallest mountain on Earth, and that if you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it forever. By a certain point, these “facts” are drilled so far into our brains that we believe them without question.

But I have some bad news for you, folks. Most of these facts are actually fiction.

1. Mount Everest is not, in fact, the tallest mountain in the world.

If you include bases that are underwater, Mauna Kea rises 33,465 feet into the air (only 13,796 feet are above sea level). Everest is 29,029 feet tall.

2. Deoxygenated blood is not blue.

Some of your veins look blue through the skin, but they’re actually just really dark red. Once blood has circulated throughout your body, it’s less oxygenated, lending it a deeper hue.

3. Chameleons don’t change color to blend in with their surroundings.

It actually occurs when these critters experience physiological and emotional changes.

4. You don’t lose most of your body heat through your head.

Your body loses the same amount of heat per square inch from head to toe.

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5. Glass is not a slow-moving liquid.

Although some older window panes appear to be melting, that’s just how they were made. The manufacturing process in the 1800s was kind of shoddy, which explains those imperfections.

6. The Great Wall of China can’t be seen from space.

Despite its length, it can’t be seen with the naked eye from outer space, even in low orbit.

7. Mother birds won’t abandon their babies if you touch them.

Birds actually have terrible senses of smell, so there’s really no risk associated with imparting your scent. That being said, don’t go around grabbing baby birds.

8. Different parts of your tongue don’t detect different tastes.

With very rare exceptions, your tongue is an equal-opportunity taster.

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9. Humans don’t have just 5 senses.

The senses we all learned about in elementary school don’t account for things like nociception, which is the ability to feel pain.

10. Columbus didn’t think that the Earth was flat.

Ever since the ancient Greeks slayed the logic game, humans have known that the Earth was round. The idea that some intrepid explorer set off into the sunset believing that the world was flat makes for a great story, but it’s not based in fact. He was just your average genocidal narcissist.

(via How Stuff Works)

Well, thanks for nothing, teachers. It’s one thing to learn this stuff from our parents, but it’s another thing entirely when it’s relayed to us by educators. How many of these not-so-factual “facts” did you learn in school?

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No Matter What Little Crisis Happens In Your Life, This Guy Has A Post-It Note With The Solution

Life is full of little annoyances.

Whether you need to decide if you should drink another coffee, can’t handle the anxiety that comes from waiting for a reply, or constantly forget to bring your lunch to work, Chaz Hutton has a sticky note for you.

His Instagram is full of relatable, hilarious posts about the everyday trials and tribulations we all face. Here are some of our favorites.

In case you’re wondering how to adjust your clocks on November 6, this is your answer.

A note for those nights when you need a quick dinner.

Anyone who works in a creative field can totally relate to this.

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18 Times Tumblr Completely Screwed With Our Minds

If you’ve ever used Tumblr, you probably know that it’s a mind-bending chasm full of thoughts that you never wanted to have. (It’s also home to some seriously disturbing fan fiction, but that’s beside the point.)

It’s essentially a one-stop shop for statements that will make you question your place in the world…and make you wonder why people have so much free time. For your viewing pleasure, we’ve gone ahead and rounded up some of the best posts that call the Internet home.

1. Tumblr can’t even let us have birds.

2. I mean…they’re not wrong.

3. This nonsense is about to ruin your day!

4. Everything is awful!

5. There’s nothing quite like ruining the most universally enjoyed activity of all time.

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6. Immaturity, thou hast always reigned supreme.

7. Question everything, friends.

8. “Just making my death pouch. Nothing to see here.”

9. How is this language even a thing?

10. Never has a yam caused so much unrest.

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11. For those craft-related disasters.

12. Walk into your next meeting, ask your coworkers one of these questions, and say nothing for the rest of the day.

13. We’re all commitment-phobes.

14. I want to kiss this person right on the face.

15. Life sucks and then you die!

16. I feel this in my bones.

17. Et tu, contractions?

18. If you need me, I’ll be pretending that the Internet doesn’t exist.

(via BuzzFeed)

So there you have it, folks. Just in case you didn’t already think that life was the worst, now you know. Thanks, Tumblr! You’re always looking out.

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This Dog Figured Out That If He Plays Dead, He Can Seriously Freak Out His Brother

None of my dogs have ever learned how to play dead…but I’m sure if they did, they would use it to their advantage all the time.

“Oh my god, Fido looks ill. Should we give him a treat?” Yeah, that seems plausible.

Jack, however, has learned that if he plays possum around his brother, he can get a hilarious reaction.

The cute pooch has mastered the art of playing dead and loves to pull the prank on his buddy Archie. Remaining still for almost 30 minutes, Jack was able to fool the worried pup into believing that his best friend was actually dead. Jack is so good at this “game”, in fact, that his owner Sam even had to double check to make sure he was still breathing.


Jack might just have himself an acting career in the future. He’s certainly on par with this pup..

What’s the craziest trick your dog can do?

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This Is Probably The Most Patient Cat You’ll Ever See

Compared to dogs, cats get kind of a bad rap. Sure, some of them seem entitled, mean for no reason, and just all around uninterested when we’re craving their love…but others have incredibly admirable characteristics, too.

Take this cat, for instance. While some felines have been known to lash out for god knows what, this cat just lies there while an entire litter of puppies crawls all over her. If this doesn’t show that parents will put up with just about anything, I don’t know what will.

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She’s so chill!

This is probably exactly what she’s thinking.

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This Dog And Tiny Baby Make The Cutest Music Together — This Is Too Funny!

I learned how to play the piano when I was little, but I never had such a devoted sidekick to sing along with my tunes.

Occasionally, I was graced by a violin, but the sweet sounds that are created when these two cuties come together is unmatched.

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As the little girl in the video below hits the keys on her trusty piano, her beautiful boxer seems to want to add his own input to the song. Just watch — you’re bound to instantly fall in love.

What a beautiful moment between these two best friends.

I bet it won’t be long until they are taking center stage at some big concert hall!

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Watching This Adorable Kitten Play With A Straw Will Make Your Whole Day

They say curiosity killed the cat, but in this case, it just made for a super cute video.

You probably don’t remember it, but as children, we explored everything. Things went into our mouths that definitely shouldn’t have and what are now boring items to us as full-grown adults were fascinating back then. Everything is new and exciting. What a time it was to be alive!

That’s exactly what this little three-month-old kitten is experiencing.

Of course, Mom had to come burst her little bubble.

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This Guy Rescued A Few Raccoons. Now They’ve Taken Over His Garage And His Life.

Wootfatigue earns a living working on antique cars and shooting odd photography jobs. When he’s not at work he scours the internet to find the answers to some of life’s toughest questions, such as “will pee damage tires?” Now, while that might seem like an outright stupid question, when a gaze of raccoons takes up residence in your garage, anything is possible.
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That’s right folks, this is what happens when you give a raccoon a cookie.

If you give a raccoon a cookie, he’ll ask you for one more…

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And before long, there’s two more standing at your door.

If you give a raccoon a cookie, even just a bite…

These tiny, furry critters, will never leave your sight.

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If you give a raccoon a cookie, he’ll ask you for a drink.

And before long he’ll start doing some pretty questionable things.

If you give a raccoon a cookie, he’ll think he’s human too.

And he’ll eat up all your scrumptious human food.

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When a man runs out of cookies, he’ll settle for some nuts.

“It’s shopping time. More cookies please! No ifs, ands, or buts.”

All kidding aside, Wootfatigue has grown to love these raccoons as though they were his own children. Let’s just say his cookies bring all the raccoons to the yard.

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Uncomfortable Sleep Positions Never Looked As Cute As They Do With These 20 Animals

I’ve always been jealous of how easily my pets sleep in the weirdest positions.

My cats can basically contort their bodies to fit into anything, and my dog loves sleeping with his head hanging off the couch. I used to master this impressive art as a kid, but now, I’m lucky if I can find one good position without tossing and turning all night.

That’s why these photos show that pets must have supernatural flexibility or maybe just really high pain tolerances. Either way, these animals sure have some funny preferences when it comes to snoozing.

1. Standing is obviously the optimal way to sleep.

2. He’s not gonna get a headache from this at all…

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3. Tables are WAY comfier than pillows.

4. This guy had a really late night at the office.

5. My neck hurts just looking at this.

6. “‘Cause this is thriller, thriller night!”

7. Is this a cat or a goose?

8. Human legs are like fleshy pillows and provide awesome support!

9. I’m not sure how this even happened…

10. “You’ve been doing it all wrong, hooman.”

11. There are no words…

12. Blood rush to the head = lights out.

13. Sleeping, much like life, is a balancing act.

14. Breathing is overrated, anyway.

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15. Such a beautiful and majestic creature.

16. It takes talent to keep your game face on while you’re asleep.

17. Poor little guy! It looks like his life is one big disappointment.

18. “I prefer sleeping with my neck practically broken.”

19. Reading really puts her to sleep.

20. Folding yourself in half just screams comfort.

Though I think it’s great that these animals can basically sleep however they want, I’ll just stick to my bed for now.

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20 Shallow, Ridiculous Reasons Why People Have Broken Up

If you’ve ever tried your hand at the dating game, you know that humans are monstrous creatures.

Okay, most people aren’t that bad, but you have to admit that sitting through awkward dates is kind of the worst. And finding the love of your life? That’s almost impossible.

But even if you’ve dealt with disastrous relationships, I guarantee that no one’s ever cut things off with you for reasons like these (at least I hope not, anyway). From nasty to confusing to downright horrible, these breakup justifications are far from…well…justifiable.

1. “I hated his shoes. They were all square-toed or off-brand sneakers, and he’d wear them with jeans.”

2. “He was 29 and had braces.”

3. “I stopped seeing a girl because her skin smelled like burnt toast.”

4. “I couldn’t stand her laugh. She was really cool, and overall we were great, but her laugh was too much to overcome. I kinda regret it now, because she’s doing pretty well.”

5. “I showed her Chappelle’s Show and she was like, ‘What? This isn’t funny.’ She didn’t laugh at any of the sketches at all.”

6. “She put too much mayo on everything she ate. There was more mayo than sandwich. I brought it up with her, and she was very defensive about it. I realized we were done.”

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7. “He was a trainer, and I realized when we were working out that it’d be all butt exercises because he was trying to sculpt his dream woman.”

8. “I didn’t call a girl back after a first date because she had a snot bubble hanging out of her nose through the entire date. She even went to the bathroom, so she either saw it and ignored it, or another one manifested. Either way, she had to go.”

9. “A guy I met at a club took out a business card and handed it to me to pick me up. It said ‘Sophomore, George Washington University.'”


10. “I broke up with a dude for going to a not-great college even though I was at a community college at the time.”

11. “Her vagina made sounds — not occasionally, but constantly — like the horn section of a marching band.”

12. “She wasn’t understanding how to control video games at all, even after trying to teach her multiple times. Like, they were very basic controls, and she was remarkably stumped by them.”

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13. “She was a smoker and coughed during sex.”


14. “I stopped dating a guy because he was a ginger.”

15. “He was a Celtics fan, and the Celtics-Lakers rivalry wouldn’t let me get past that.”

16. “She played new-age music while bathing.”

17. “I dated a guy who cried really easily at not-that-serious things. I broke up with him after a few months.”

18. “I asked a guy to play Super Nintendo with me, and he said playing video games was a waste of time and gave me a lecture about time management, so I never talked to him after that.”

19. “A girl invited me back to her apartment and she turned on a Dane Cook special. We kept trying to make out, but she kept laughing so hard at his jokes that she would have to stop. It was probably the lowest point of my life.”

20. “She had a tendency to defecate upon orgasm. True and horrifying story.”


(via Thought Catalog)

Well, none of my breakups were this insane, so I’m good. Have any funny breakup stories? Post them in the comments!

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