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23 "Facts" People Believed for Way Too Long Before Finding Out They Were Wrong

Maybe your parents lied to you, maybe you were reading a discredited book, or maybe you heard it on the playground. We've got a lot of erroneous garbage banging around our noggins. 

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    Text - [ rule2prodttions 28.2k points 23 hours ago* I had a book about dinosaurs as a child that must have been from the 70's. In it they said that large dinosaurs had a second brain in their pelvis because their brains were so small that they needed two in order to function. I believed that shit for a long, long time. It turns out that paleontologists believed it for a while too, but later found out that dinosaurs just had unusual pelvic bones. Well, nobody told me and I wound up looking like a
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    Text - [-] recjus85 4908 points 1 day ago My parents told me when I was really young that the tails on shrimp were poisonous.
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    Text - [- HotCarWine 5497 points 1 day ago Turns out that it's not illegal to turn on the overhead light in the car...
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    Text - [ revilo636 8967 points 1 day ago When I was younger there must have been some confusion between endangered and extinct because when we went over the wild west and talked about the "endangered" buffalo... well I was sad that they were gone forever For a couple of years I thought that all of the buffalo in movies were CGI or puppets. Imagine my excitement when I found out they were back in the wild!
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    Text - [] immagiantSHARK 3793 points 20 hours ago Turquoise is not fossilized turtle poop Thanks Uncle Terry.
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    Text - Jade222Gem 6164 points 1 day ago My grandad told me that if a grass seed blew into my ear it would grow into a tree. I was petrified of this happeninng for years and years.
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    Text - [-] sashimideer 4329 points 19 hours ago This is really embarrassing. Like, really really embarrassing But when I was a kid, my mom told me you're not allowed to push the handicap button that opens doors, because it's illegal if you're not handicapped. I guess to stop me from pressing it and bothering everybody. A few months ago I was helping close at my work, and was holding open the door and trying to sweep. My manager told me I should just press the button to make it easier, and I got
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    Text - [-] GrouchyTuxedo 10.4k points 1 day ago Mama birds will reject their baby birds if humans touch them... Total BS. Birds' sense of smell is pretty weak plus they won't reject their young. So put those baby birds back in the nest if you want.
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    Text - [-eDgAR- 2160 points 1 day ago That Einstein failed math. I had always heard that for a long time and it made me feel better too because math was always my worst subject in school. Iit's completely false though and when he was shown a clipping from Ripley's Believe It or Not where it claimed that, he responded, "I never failed in mathematics. Before I was 15 1 had mastered differential and integral calculus"
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    Text - [-] mgdmw 8950 points 1 day ago My year seven English teacher told me off for using the word "gotten" and said don't use that, it's an American invention (as if somehow that made it 'wrong' anyway) Yet, I later discovered the word "gotten" was in the King James Bible which, while modernised a couple of times, is a British book. Yeah, Mrs Thorpe, you were wrong.
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    Text - [-] WHITEBOYHOOPDREAMS 2038 points 1 day ago I thought vaginas were right under the belly button, and you had sex humping like they do joking on the dance floor.
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    Text - [-] chodd-tavez 10.7k points 1 day I used to start drinking more milk once I saw those white spots under my nails, because I was told it was because of a calcium deficiency. Turns out they're called 'milk spots' because that's just what they look like.
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    Text - [- Sunshine_Blues 18.3k points 21 hours ago When I was a young kid my mom told me she could tell I wasn't wearing underwear because my eyes were bluer. She probably just didn't want to tell me I had camel toe. I stopped wearing underwear for a few years bc I thought I'd be prettier with bluer eyes.
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    Text - [ Erisianistic 972 points 21 hours ago Men and women have a different number of ribs
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    Text - [ midnightatsunset 7329 points 1 day ago* One year when I was a kid I got strep throat three times in as many months. My mom told me I was getting sick because I was eating my boogers. I stopped eating my boogers and didn't get strep again for years. My husband informed me literally yesterday that eating boogers had no correlation to strep throat I have yet to confront my dear mother to see if she genuinely believed what she said or if she just said it to stop a gross little kid habit.
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    Text - Nvaaj 8566 points 23 hours ago That Marilyn Manson had a rib removed so he could blow himself
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    Text - [-] DaddySS_ 10.5k points 1 day ago I thought Timbuktu was an imaginary place
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    Text - Smegge 7838 points 1 day ago Until yesterday, I genuinely thought you could suck out snake venom when bitten
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    Text - [- flunkedlunch 1739 points 1 day ago That Mr. Rogers used to be a marine sniper and the long sleeved sweaters were to cover up his tattoos
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    Text - [-] MolotovGirl91 11.9k points 1 day ago That if giraffes fell, they would just die cause they would have no way to get back up... I am truly ashamed I believed this for as long as I did. But it seemed to make sense to me, they got weird legs lol
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    Text - [- Warpeous 1424 points 1 day ago That it's Don Quixote, not Donkey Hotay
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    Text - [ Ushouldknowthat 15.7k points 1 day ago That if you poured salt on a birds tail feathers, they can't fly away and you can catch one Turns out that was just how mom kept busy when we annoyed her. us
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    Text - -1 Hooderman 14.5k points 23 hours ago Until my mid 20s i thought Mick Jagger just had one name like Madonna... McJagger
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