As the largest generation in American history, baby boomers wield considerable influence and have shaped our society in countless ways. However, with time comes a certain level of detachment from modern realities and growing reliance on outdated beliefs. Despite their good intentions, many baby boomers hold onto misconceptions that are no longer relevant or accurate.
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1. Sugar Causes Hyperactivity in Children
Extensive research has shown that sugar does not directly cause hyperactivity in children. The belief that sugar leads to increased hyperactive behavior is likely influenced by factors such as anticipation of treats, party settings, or other environmental factors.
2. Humans Only Have Five Senses
While the five senses (sight, hearing, taste, smell, and touch) are commonly known, humans have more than just these senses. Additional senses include proprioception (awareness of body position), vestibular sense (balance and spatial orientation), and various internal senses like hunger and thirst.
3. President Richard Nixon Was Successfully Impeached
While President Richard Nixon faced impeachment proceedings during the Watergate scandal, he resigned from office before the impeachment vote could occur. As a result, he is the only U.S. president to have resigned from office.
4. You Should Urinate on Someone If They Get Stung by a Jellyfish
Contrary to popular belief, urinating on a jellyfish sting is not an effective remedy and may even worsen the pain. Instead, rinsing the affected area with seawater or vinegar can help deactivate the stingers and alleviate discomfort.
5. Women Accused of Witchcraft Were Burned at the Stake During the Salem Witch Trials
Fake!!! Although the Salem Witch Trials were a dark period in American history, the method of execution for those accused of witchcraft was hanging, not burning at the stake. Nineteen individuals were executed by hanging. Fourteen women and five men.
6. We Only Use 10 Percent of Our Brains
This is a common misconception. In reality, humans use a significant portion of their brains throughout the day. Various brain imaging techniques have shown that different areas of the brain are active and engaged in different tasks.
7. George Washington Had Wooden Teeth
While it is true that George Washington had dental issues, his teeth were not made of wood. His dentures were made from a combination of materials, including human and animal teeth, ivory, and metal.
8. Goldfish Only Have a Three-Second Memory
Contrary to popular belief, goldfish have a memory span of longer than three seconds. Studies have shown that goldfish can remember things for months and are capable of learning and recognizing patterns.
9. You Need to Drink at Least Eight Glasses of Water Every Day
While it’s important to stay hydrated, the “eight glasses a day” rule is not based on scientific evidence. The amount of water needed varies depending on factors such as body size, activity level, climate, and overall health.
10. In the Days of Christopher Columbus, Everyone Thought the World Was Flat
The common belief at the time, educated people during Christopher Columbus’s era generally knew that the Earth was round. The idea that Columbus set out to prove the Earth’s roundness is a historical misconception.
This article originally appeared on STEM Education Guide.
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