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20 Scientific Facts That Are Actually Total Bullshit

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    Nose - The color of your snot doesn't indicate if you have a bacterial or viral infection -It can vary from clear to yellow to green with a variety of illnesses.
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    Grape - Organic food isn't free of pesticides. However, pesticide levels on both organic and non organic foods are so low that they aren't of concern, according to the USDA.
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    Diamond - Most diamonds aren't formed from compressed coal. Rather they are compressed and heated 90 miles below the surface of the Earth, while Coal is found about 2 miles below the Earth's surface.
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    Text - Cracking your knuckles might annoy your office mates, but it doesn't give you arthritis. Causes of osteoarthritis include age, injury, obesity, and genetics.
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    Child - Giving children sugar doesn't make them hyper. In several trials, kids were just as hyper when given sugary or sugar-free drinks.
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    Joint - Your blood is never blue but rather dark red when it's not carrying oxygen. It only looks blue because you are seeing it through your skin.
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    Face - Stress doesn't play a large role in chronic high blood pressure. Acute stress can temporarily increase blood pressure, but overall it's not a main cause of hypertension. Things like genetics, smoking, and a bad diet are much bigger factors.
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    Text - Dropping a penny from the Empire State building won't kill someone. The penny will top out at 50 miles per hour, which isn't fast enough to kill ILIL
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    Flower - Poinsettias won't kill you or your pets, though you still shouldn't eat them. The flowers might make you a bit sick with some gastrointestinal issues.
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    Product - Pure water doesn't conduct electricity well. The reason we can get shocked when standing in electrified water is because water we come across will be contaminated by minerals, dirt, and other things that will conduct electricity
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    Ostrich - Ostriches do not stick their heads in the sand when threatened. Actually they don't bury their heads at all. When threatened, ostriches flop on the ground and play dead.
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    Sky - Lightning does strike twice. And some places, like the Empire State Building, get struck up to 100 times a year
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    Guinea pig - Lemmings do not commit mass suicide. During their migrations they sometimes do fall off cliffs, if they wander to an area they are unfamiliar with.
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    Hair - Hair and fingernails do not keep growing once someone dies. Instead, the skin shrinks, giving the appearance of further growth.
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    Toad - Frogs or toads won't give you warts, but shaking hands with someone who has warts can. The human papillomavirus is what gives people warts, and it is unique to humans.
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    Medical imaging - You are not born with all ofthe brain cells you will ever have. There is ample evidence that the brain continues to produce new cells in at least a few brain regions well into adulthood, through a process called neurogenesis.
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    Hair - Blondes and redheads are not "going extinct." Genes do not go extinct. Recessive genes, like the gene for red or blonde hair color, can be carried from generation to generation without emerging as a hair color
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    Text - It is possible to stand an egg on its head on any day of the year, not just on the Spring Equinox. It just requires a sklled egg handler and a textured egg shell.
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    Photo caption - Being "blind as a bat" means not being blind at all. While many use echolocation to navigate, all of them can see
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    Dinosaur - Many people would call the dinosaur below a Brontosaurus even Michael Crichton did in Jurassic Park-but it is actually called the Apatosaurus. The myth was started by two feuding paleontologists during the Bone Wars, 130 years ago.

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