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Revealing Facts About Myths And Legends




Fan Death is a well-known myth in the South Korean culture. According to the myth, running an electric fan in a closed room with no open windows can lead to death. Despite no concrete evidence to support the concept, the myth of fan death persists due to its popularity.

There is a Jewish myth about a giant lion named Tigris. The lion is said to be so big that its ears are spaced 21 feet (9 cubits) apart. According to legend, when Tigris roared for the first time, women within 2,200 kilometers miscarried and a city was destroyed. When Tigris roared a second time, the front teeth and molars of Roman men fell out, and even the emperor himself fell from his throne.

A room known as ‘Room 641A’ in the AT&T telecommunications backbone houses beamsplitters capable of monitoring all the internet traffic in the US. It was largely thought to be a myth until PRISM (NSA surveillance program) revealed its existence in 2007.

Hainuwele is a mythical Indonesian girl who legend says magically defecated valuable objects before she was buried alive.

Despite the popular myth, urine isn't actually sterile.

There was a popular myth in many middle-eastern countries that Neil Armstrong had converted to Islam upon hearing the call to prayer on the moon, going as far to require U.S. State Department to issue a denial.

During the temperance and Prohibition movements, it was a commonly believed myth that alcohol abuse could lead to spontaneous combustion.

The "Sugar Rush" is a myth, and the hyperactivity you feel after ingesting sugar is just a placebo.

Prior to 1999, the mythical American Express Black Card was just a myth. The myth became so pervasive that AmEx decided to capitalize on it and actually make a black, ultra-exclusive credit card.

It is a myth that you need to or should wait 24 hours to report a missing person in USA.

The myth that pyramids were built by slaves was created by Greek historian and explorer Herodotus who visited Egypt 2000 years after the pyramids were built. In reality, the builders of pyramids were actually volunteers and were buried in the tomb if they died while building it.

According to the Hawaiian creation myth, our universe comes from the wreckage of another earlier universe and that the only creatures that survived from that alien universe are octopuses.

Rabbits shouldn't regularly eat carrots or lettuce. It is a myth perpetuated by cartoons that these foods are part of their natural diets.


The 'hysteria' created by Orson Welles' 'War Of The Worlds' was a myth created by newspapers to instill fear over the power of broadcast radio.

In the greeks myths, there was the Unknown God, a placeholder for those Gods yet unknown to the ancient Greeks.

The myth that carrots improve night vision was started on purpose by the Brits during World War 2 to explain for why German planes kept getting shot down at night by British pilots. Ministry of Information informed newspapers that British pilots were eating a lot of carrots which improved their vision. In reality, radar had just been invented.

People started flipping one cigarette upside down in their packs because of a myth that early 'Lucky Strikes' contained marijuana.

When the original Mortal Kombat game came out, an audit menu listed Error Macros under the name ‘ERMAC’, leading fans to think there was a third hidden ninja in the game. This myth resulted in the creation of the character with the same name in future games.

Lennon/McCartney had a temporary reunion in 1974 during Lennon's "Lost Weekend"/separation from Yoko Ono. The reunion was long considered a myth, until a recording surfaced with them, Stevie Wonder and Henry Nilsson.

The platypus used to be considered a myth like Bigfoot and the Yeti.

The Chevy Nova actually sold well in Latin countries and poor sales stories due to the "No Va"/"No Go" translation is just an urban myth.

The holiday suicide myth supports misinformation about suicide that might ultimately hamper prevention efforts. The idea that suicide rates increase during the holiday season is a myth perpetuated by the media. In fact, suicide rates are the lowest in December.

According to legend, everyone in USA used to think tomatoes were poisonous, due to them being a member of the nightshade family. In 1820, New Jersey resident Robert Gibbon Johnson ate tomatoes in front of a large crowd to prove that they were edible.

The story of Thomas Edison electrocuting an elephant as part of the War of Currents is a myth. The elephant was killed as part of an unrelated Coney Island stunt, and Edison's name is only associated because Edison-brand film was used to record the elephant's death.

It has been theorized that the myth of the Cyclops came about when Greeks discovered dwarf elephant skulls and misinterpreted the trunk cavity as a single eye socket.

Elasmotherium, an extinct genus of rhinoceros is thought to be the origin of unicorn myths and legends.

According to a Norse myth, one time Thrymskvida, Thor and Loki cross-dressed as wedding brides to retrieve the stolen Mjöllnir. The thieves got suspicious when the "ladies" ate everything in sight.

Sitting close to the TV will not damage your eyesight. The myth spread after it was discovered that televisions made prior to 1967 emitted excessive radiation.


Left-brain vs. Right-brain dominance is a myth. Lateralization is unique in every individual and researchers cannot find any evidence that one side of the brain or another work by itself for functions of our personalities.

Virtually all Middle Ages scholars believed that the Earth is spherical. The myth that people in the Middle Ages thought the earth is flat appears to date from the 17th century as part of the campaign by Protestants against Catholic teaching.

The "Empty Land Myth" is a myth that states South Africa was mostly empty before European colonization. The myth began in the 1830s. Historical records and archaeological evidence contradict this idea.

Needing to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and that coffee dehydrates you are both disproven myths.

NASA Mission Control acknowledged a thousand-year-old Chinese myth when it asked the Apollo 11 crew to keep an eye out for a beautiful Chinese girl named Chang-O who lived on the moon and a large rabbit standing in the shade of a cinnamon tree.

The belief that a dog's mouth is 9 times cleaner than a human's is a myth.

Cow tipping is nothing but an urban myth. Cows do not sleep standing up, as they cannot keep their knees locked like some other animals that do sleep standing up.

Currently, there exists a myth in Pakistan that says HIV can be cured by having sex with a virgin, which is contributing to women and girls being raped.

There is a Scottish myth involving a giant black cat fairy known as "Cat Sith". It was believed that Cat Sith would steal dead people's souls before the Gods could get them.

The popular concept that "Humans only use 10% of their brain" is a myth and there is nothing to suggest that we don't use 100% of our brains.

In Japan, people fear a mythical creature named the Ashiaraiyashiki. It is a giant, unwashed foot that appears before you and demands to be washed. It is said that if you don't wash it, it will rampage through your house until satisfied.

Arab traders in the 13th century created and perpetuated the myth that pepper cultivated in India was “guarded” by snakes to maintain their monopoly, keep their source a secret and inflate its price.

Multitasking is a myth. What we call multitasking is actually 'switch-tasking.' There is actually a stop/start process that occurs in the brain when we switch between tasks. This process causes "more mistakes, and over time it can be energy sapping."

The myth of superabundance is a belief that no matter how much natural resources the humanity uses, the planet will continuously replenish the supply.

There is a Jewish myth, according to which Eve was Adam's second wife. His first wife was supposedly Lilith according to it.

The "50% divorce rate" for all marriages is a myth. The number is closer to 30% and it varies among different groups.

It is a myth that Albert Einstein failed mathematics as a student. According to him, “Before I was fifteen, I had mastered differential and integral calculus.”

The common statement by restaurants that alcohol cooks out of the food is generally a myth. It takes over 3 hours to boil off alcohol when cooking.

It is unknown how the "Friday the 13th" myth arose, however, there is no written evidence for the superstition before the 19th century.

The idea of "slow metabolism" causing obesity is a myth. It is "innate laziness" or lower levels of Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) that causes weight gain.

According to legend, Corgis are a gift from woodland fairies and that their markings are caused by saddles and stirrups placed on their backs.

The Disney company created the myth of Lemming suicide, in the documentary "White Wilderness". In reality, they were pushing them off the cliffs for the footage.


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