We all like to think of ourselves as intelligent people who are immune to deception. But the truth is, even the smartest among us can be fooled by false information. An internet survey recently asked, “What common misconception infuriates you?” Here are the top 18 responses.
Tax on Pay Rises
“If they give me a raise at work, I’ll bump up a tax bracket, and I’ll actually make less!”
You Will Catch a Cold Going Outside with Wet Hair
“My grandma & mom always said “Don’t go outside with wet hair, you’ll catch a cold.” My science education told me otherwise.”
People Think They Can Refute Statistics with Anecdotes
“Like: it’s harder for women to get pregnant over 40 — that’s the statistic. Youtube commenter: BUt mY FriEnD gOt pRegNanT acCidenTalLy aT 45.”
French Fries Are Not French
“French fries Are actually from Belgium.”
“People think hundreds of years ago you died at 40. Completely false. Infant mortality was extremely high, so the average is skewed. If you made it out of infancy, you had a pretty good chance of becoming old.”
O.C.D (Obsessive Compulsive Disorder)
“It is not some cute obsession with cleanliness and order. It can ruin lives and comes in many forms.”
Introversion and Social Anxiety Are Not the Same Things
“Not every introvert has social anxiety or is a poor communicator. Stop lumping people together and just call it introversion. I’m introverted. I know how to communicate well. I just don’t want to with you.”
“As a colorblind person, I don’t see in black and white. I have no problem driving. And I will never play the “What color is this?” game. Not ever.”
Einstein Failed Math
“No, he failed zoology, botany, and public speaking.”
Black Widow Spider Bites Are Fatal
“It ain’t gonna tickle, but it probably won’t kill you. I’d have to dig it up, but there’s a video on YouTube of some entomologist taking a bite from a black widow. He gets some really nasty flu-like symptoms, feels like garbage for a few days, and then recovers.”
People Not Understanding What the Word ‘Theory’ Means
“I have a theory if I strap a propeller to my car, it will move. That’s not theory. That is a hypothesis. But that’s fine because everyone understands what you mean. But this is causing people to think theories in science are the same thing. They are not at all. A theory in science is proven to be the most likely reason for something using evidence. Sure, it can change upon finding new evidence, but it is not just a baseless idea.”
Men Don’t Cry
“This stereotype needs to go. Men deserve to express their emotions just as much as anyone else.”
All Millennials Are Lazy and Entitled
“There are plenty of lazy, entitled millennials… And boomers, Gen Xers, Gen Zers. No need to single us out. Just because we didn’t get drafted to fight in Vietnam at 18 years old doesn’t mean our entire generation is lazy.”
Manual Transmission Cars Don’t Get Stolen
“I had my 95 Civic stolen, and it was a manual. It was stolen because it was a 95 Civic. If you own a car that’s a common target for theft, the transmission type isn’t going to stop it from getting stolen.”
Salting Pasta Water Makes It Cook Faster
“If you added enough salt to raise the boiling point of water by any significant amount, your pasta would be ruined. You add the salt for flavor.”
Instagram and Facebook Are Owned by Two Different Companies
“I get downvoted to oblivion when I tack onto a comment that they’re one and the same.”
Migraines Are Like Headaches
Migraines affect more than 10% of people worldwide and are the third most prevalent illness globally.
Msg Is Bad
“No, it’s not. It is a fantastic flavor enhancer.”
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