Don’t Let Misconceptions Fool You: Social, Health and Nature Concepts

veggiesCommon misconceptions have the ability to lull you into a false sense of security. They make you believe one reality, when in fact, there is a very different situation at hand. Some of the most common misconceptions involve health, the natural world, and social aspects. It’s amazing how many people are willing to believe the first thing that someone tells them about a certain topic. Issues relating to human health are most popular, but others rank highly as well. Let’s take a look at some misconceptions that cause confusion.

The term “third world country” is often used to describe a place that is down-trodden, poor, dangerous, and dirty. However, the term is actually used to describe a country which is not considered to be a “capitalist” country. The term was originally created after World War 2. These days, people refer to other countries like North Korea and Afghanistan, as third world countries. Interestingly,. many of those countries that get this label are ones that seem to be at odds with the U.S. or other countries. Although the term is still used to describe countries with limited resources and technology, this is not the correct way to use it.

Some studies show that sitting too close to the TV can damage eyesight. However, this is not completely true. Yes, prolonged bouts of watching TV from only a few feet away might cause issues such as seizure or blurred vision. The discrepancy occurs when it comes to the permanent loss of eyesight. TV alone cannot make someone blind. It can cause headaches and dizziness, but it will not make you lose sight as a result. Although this is true, it is still healthier to sit away from the TV so that you do not have to feel the side effects from sitting too close.

Camel humps have been the subject of much debate within the animal kingdom. Until recent years, it was thought that these humps stored reserve amounts of water. After all, the animals do live in arid places with little rainfall. This is far from the truth, though. These humps actually are comprised of 80% fat. These fat storages enable the came to go 1 to 2 weeks without eating. This makes them important because food is hard to find when there is little rainfall. Camels do, in fact, store reserve amounts of water. It is stored in their blood, and other areas located within their bodies. Tests show that their urine contains very little water, which is further proof that the animal has developed ways to keep it inside of its body.

Social, health, and nature misconceptions make up the bulk of the confusing issues facing people today. The best way to separate myth from reality is to conduct an internet search using scholarly journals. This is the main way to steer clear from bogus information.


The 5 Senses Misconception

eyeAll people are taught from an early age that human beings have 5 main senses: touch, taste, sound, feel, and hearing. Without them, all of us would have trouble safely functioning within our daily lives. They help us to locate food, avoid accidents, and to express ourselves as well. These are the 5 senses that are still taught to students at an early age. All of these senses play important roles in or daily lives, yet they are not the only senses that we possess as human beings. Here are some additional senses which are equally important within the daily lives of people.

Thermoception is the ability to sense hot or cold. While some people might attribute this to the sense of touch, it is actually a separate sense altogether. Touch is a sense that refers to anything, such as soft, fuzzy, rough, hard, hot or cold. Thermoception exclusively refers to hot and cold sensations. If you place your hand near a hot stove, then you can feel the heat coming off of it before touching it. The same can be said when you place your hand near snow or ice. Humans have an ability to detect hot and cold items before they actually touch them. This serves as the perfect defense mechanism to prevent serious injuries from taking place, and it allows us to detect danger ahead of time.

Thirst and hunger are two critical human senses. They enable us to feed ourselves in order to sustain life. Both senses are used as indicators that our body needs nourishment. Science proves that a human being must remain hydrated in order to survive, even if they have a lack of food. Sometimes the hunger sense is overwhelming. This leads to obesity problems in people because they continue to feed themselves even if they are full. Our brains are wired to understand when we taste something that we enjoy, whether it is a solid food or a liquid drink. Surprisingly, these senses are overlooked as major players within the human body.

Tension sensors are present throughout the body. They monitor muscle tension so that we are able to perform daily tasks. The use of tension sensors is incredibly important because they govern whether or not we are able to pick up heavy objects, or to use the right amount of strength to perform tasks without breaking an object. These sensors also allow us to have complete control over the tension we experience in our heads. Without them, headaches would be all too common.

Equilibrium sensors play a crucial role in our lives.These sensors govern balance and control. When they come into play, you are able to keep your balance. This sense is called equilibrium. Without it, you would find yourself frequently struggling to walk in a straight line, or to balance on a slender object. Control of balance is important because it keeps us safe. Imagine being unable to maintain correct balance when you work on a construction site. There would be a much higher probability of falling to your death if you did not recognize this sense. Human beings must be appreciative of their ability to use this sense to their advantage.


Interesting Animal Misconceptions

cowThe animal kingdom fascinates many people because it is filled with creatures that have special abilities that human beings could never match. However, there are some common misconceptions relating to animals and their abilities, or lack thereof. Animals are generally thought of as being lesser than humans. Most people lump them into broad categories, often under false pre-tenses. The reality is that animals have unique ways of standing apart from humans, but their features do not often represent why they behave the way they do. Here are some common animal misconceptions to be aware of.

Chameleons are some of the most interesting animals in the world. They are well-known for two main reasons; their long tongues and changing body colors. These reptiles change color, but not for the reasons you might expect. Popular science suggests that chameleons change colors to blend in with their surroundings. However, the reality is that they change color according to their moods. They have the ability to change into a wide array of colors. If they are angry or defensive, they will instantly turn to a warning color. Other times they change colors to attract a mate. When they do change into the color of their surroundings, they do so because they are in a good mood.

Perhaps one of the most widely known misconceptions, is that cows sleep standing up. This supposed fact led to one of the more bizarre phenomenons in recent history: cow tipping. Cow tipping is the act of sneaking up on a sleeping and standing cow, and then pushing it over for enjoyment. The idea is that they will fall over and not be able to get back up. This misconception is quite popular, but untrue. Cows are capable of lying on the ground, and then standing up again. They do not simply fall over and stay on the ground when pushed.

One of the most entertaining animal misconceptions relates to vampire bats. Vampire bats do get their name for the pension for drinking blood. However, the common misconception is that they feast on human blood until they die. Truthfully, a vampire bite does feed on mammals, but they usually prey on large animals like elephants or deer. Their bite is not deadly to the animals. In fact, sometimes the animal is so big that it does not even realize that it is being preyed upon. The bats drink just enough to get their fill, and then they are on their way. They do not suck a person dry of their blood.

Most people believe that they are at the top of the evolutionary chain of life due to higher intelligence over other animals. While this is not a misconception, there is one regarding an animals relative intelligence in relation to its environment. Dolphins and elephants are said to feel emotional attachments toward one another, not unlike human beings. The next time you feel far superior to an animal, research the social hierarchy that these animals represent within their groups.


Human Misconceptions that Cause Fear

flowerFear is the basis for misconceptions that spread quickly from one person to another. When these misconceptions involve human beings, they gain much more attention as a result. One of the issues that spread quickly, involved sleep walkers. For years, people believed that waking a sleep walker could cause them psychological harm. This is simply not true. The harm that they do face comes from being startled once they are woken up. A person might lash out angrily, or they might trip and fall, thus hurting themselves physically. The false aspect of this information is that waking them causes brain damage of some sort.

Another common misconception is that shaved hair grows back thicker than before. In essence, shaving only serves to exacerbate the problem. The truth of the matter is that hair does appear to be thicker or coarser once it grows back. This is due to the fact that the tapered ends of the hair are no longer present. The thicker appearance led many to believe that the hair was actually growing back stronger than ever. Some hair removal product lines still capitalize off of this misconception to this day.

Many people love to eat seeds, especially sunflower seeds. They are delicious and, when unsalted, are actually a healthy snack. However, a misconception began to circulate that eating seeds might cause them to sprout inside a person’s stomach. Although this sounds ridiculous, many people believed it. There are plenty of reasons why this is not possible. A lack of light, water, and key nutrients to support grow inside the body are not present. Perhaps the biggest issue of all, is that stomach acids begin to immediately digest seeds once they are ingested.

Nobody wants to think about dying, but those who do have a knack for starting misconceptions. Drowning is often described as being one of the worst ways to die. It is depicted in movies as a violent and painful process. The truth of the matter is that drowning occurs much differently than the way it is portrayed in entertainment. Many victims simply pass out due to a lack of oxygen. While the process might be painful for a bit, the body tends to shut down quickly and the brain begins to die. This limits your ability to feel pain during the process.

In August 2007 a misconception began to circulate regarding red heads. Many media outlets began to run a story that red headed people were going extinct. The basis for this argument was that the gene for red headedness is recessive. The problem with this notion is that everyone who carries the red head gene must die out or fail to reproduce. The reality is that there are far too many people who carry this gene for this to happen. Human beings fear the unexpected and the unusual, and this is why stories such as these gain momentum within a short period of time. The key is to fact check your online stories before you believe them.


Entertaining Internet Rumors Abroad

worldOnline rumors can cause nothing more than a 2-day fascination, or they can become a longterm conspiracies. The age of information access has led to countless rumors and false accusations. People who are ignorant tend to spread the rumor quickly through social media and other websites. Most of these rumors are harmless, but others  have the potential to incite violence, or to cause social unrest. Here are some of the more notable internet rumors of our time.

On August 9th, 2015, the death of Michael Brown shocked the United States. Protests went nationwide as people protested the seemingly senseless death of the teen. The police officer who killed him, Darren Wilson, was white, and brown was black, thus touching off a national debate on racial profiling. However, during the dramatic aftermath, someone created a fake Darren Wilson injury picture. This picture went viral, and it represented injuries that were not true. Once the picture began to spread, more protests and violence spread in urban areas to dispute the officer’s injury claims.

Mexican beer has a reputation for being impure, and someone decided to take this concept to the extreme with a carefully crafted internet hoax. In 1987, someone started a rumor about one beer in particular, Corona. Over the years, online communities were adamant that Corona contained human urine. This took the expression, “this beer tastes like piss” to a whole new level. It turned out that the rumor was started by a rival Heineken beer distributor. While it was not true, it did hurt the beer chain’s national sales for a time.

Everyone has heard of the concept of cryogenically freezing a person, but the late Walt Disney online rumor turned into a story of epic proportions. Rumors began to circulate online that Walt Disney was cryogenically frozen in the hopes that he might be brought back to life one day. Different stories branched off of this one. Some people began to read reports that only his head was frozen. While it is certainly an entertaining story, it simply is not true.

Some online rumors and hoaxes take on a life of their own, and the one involving Cesar the Dog Whisperer was one of those. In December of 2014, it was reported by many online sources that the famous dog trainer was dead from a heart attack. The story was so believable that major news outlets like CNN picked it up and ran the story. However, Cesar himself quickly went to social media to prove that he was very much alive. Celebrity death hoaxes are nothing new, but this one seemed to capture the attention of many people during a slow news cycle. Online rumors will certainly entertain us for years to come.


Alcohol Kills Brain Cells?

beerAlcohol, in moderation, provides a great way to relax after a hard day of work, and it is frequently enjoyed by family and friends. However, there is a common misconception that alcohol use kills brain cells. Moderate alcohol consumption does not damage or kill brain cells. Irresponsible alcohol use can indeed damage the brain, but not through brain cell die-off.

Interestingly, this is a misconception that continues to convince people that all alcohol is unhealthy. Truthfully, some studies show that the consumption of a glass of wine each day actually helps your heart. The amount of alcohol needed to successfully kill brain cells would render a person unconscious, and that person would die before the brain cells died.

Although it doesn’t outright kill brain cells, excessive alcohol use does cause harm. The brain does become negatively impacted by large amounts of alcohol. One of the areas of the brain that becomes affected is the dendrites. They are branch-like tips of brain cells, and they play an important role. They function to pass messages from one neuron to others. When they are damaged by alcohol, they can cause severe cognitive issues. The good news is that therapy and drug treatments are able to reverse the dendrite damage incurred over time.

There are some common brain disorders that alcoholics suffer from. One of them is called Wernicke-Korsakoff. This condition causes confusion and memory problems. It also causes eye paralysis, in addition to poor muscle coordination. The condition could indeed lead to brain cell death, but it is not a direct result of alcohol consumption. Another brain disorder that alcoholics may develop is Wernicke-Korsakoff Syndrome.

One of the most important B vitamins is called thiamine. This vitamin supports neuron health. Alcohol plays a role because it serves to block it from being absorbed by the body. Alcoholism also leads to other conditions, such as body malnourishment. This malnourishment leads to a lack of thiamine reserves in the body. The alcoholism condition often leads to other risky behaviors which have a long-lasting impact on brain cell function. Alcoholics often engage in risky activities, such as driving drunk or getting into fights.

Many years of research indicate ways that people can improve their brain function. Tools have been developed to aid the process. For example, BrainHQ is a set of brain exercises designed by Posit Science. The exercises sharpen brain functionality, and they allow people to make quicker and smarter decisions. Focus becomes heightened with continued use of the exercises. These types of tools are valuable because they enable you to function much more efficiently at work, school, relationships, and so much more. The next time someone says that alcohol kills your brain, make sure to let them know that it’s other factors related to alcoholism that really matter.


Polar Bear Photographs Could Get Up to A Million at Auction

The art world is all abuzz today about the photography of a polar bear in the Arctic Circle and his pictures that could actually reach a million dollars when they are sold at Sotheby’s in NYC this weekend, making the bear one of the highest paid animal photographers.

This all started when a Danish adventurer named Waer Delicios, left his Canon EOS 7D camera worth over $2000, sitting in the arctic with no one to find it or him, at least for awhile. It seems that he disappeared without a trace, although experts say that he probably fell through the shelf of ice and was eaten by a waiting polar bear. The particular carving found around the spot appeared to have come from bear claws, but that could not be confirmed. At either rate, it seemed like an inside job, as another bear, who also had been known for stealing high end camera equipment, but eating it was in the vicinity. Frosty, however, wasn’t interested in a snack, only what the camera could do. He had a pension for taking photographs and putting them up on Facebook under the code name, “Berry Sweet” While other bears shunned him, according to his status, he was not going to be stopped by the haters and thanked the Coca-Cola bears for giving him some support.

The most coherent and meaningful photo from the auction lot has to be “Self Portrait” which shows his inner cub, playing with the camera. This one made art critics drool and one even called his work the most beautiful one he’d ever seen from an animal. And because of this wonderous artist and the fame shined on him through social media, his work is expected to get at least a million when it comes up for auction. His manager says that he is not interested in the cash, except to help his fellow bears held in captivity at Sea World and other places, oh and plenty of fish.

The bear’s next photo series is said to be entitled “Tipped Over World”, which we are looking forward to with baited breath, salmon even.

New Firefox Extension Lets You Connect to Dead Sites

Remember all those old sites that you used to enjoy that just aren’t there anymore? While some of those can still be found on Google’s archives, wouldn’t it be great to be able to go back in time and see them again? Well now you can with a new extension for Firefox called the T.A.R.D.I.S., the Translating Alternate Recovery Digging up Interesting Sites.

Who among us can say that they don’t miss seeing those wonderful works of art on GeoCities? Some of those took creativity and ugliness to new heights, but did so in that cool 1960’s epileptic seizure inducing goodness. But with this new extension, we don’t have to miss them. Everything is back the way it was. It’s like going back in time or something, without the Delorean and the 1.2 gigawatts of power needed. In the modern age of more streamline and “clean” sites like Facebook, seeing these again was a sight for sore eyes, or maybe a site that made our eyes sore.

You simply enter the year that you want to go back to and your browser will only be able to pull up whatever was around then. Looking for Google back in the early 1990’s? Forgot it. Wasn’t here yet. But you do have Yahoo (excuse me,, which tried at one point, to document sites by accepting them one at a time, rather than through the spider method employed today. Imagine doing that by hand. Course getting listed on Yahoo was quite a challenge even back then, but once you did, you had it made in the shade. That is until their directory pretty much went the way of the dodo birds.

To get the extension, you have to be able to log into their server, which requires not only a T.A.R.D.I.S. key, but a picture of yourself in bow tie and tweed, and a hot companion hanging on your shoulder, preferably with red hair and green eyes, and the entire map of the universe in your brain. There will be questions. But if you succeed, imagine the possibilities. Oh, and one more thing. The developers also require Paypal donations of $20,000,000,000.

State Farm Introduces Zombie Insurance

The other day I was just checking my mail when I got this interesting envelope that showed a picture of a zombie and the caption “Could this be you?” I gasped and muttered under my breath, “I certainly hope not.” I will admit the ploy made me curious. So I opened it up, half expecting some biological agent to jump out at me, but instead found a form to fill out for State Farm Zombie Insurance. Continue reading

Dog Rips Up Winning Lottery Ticket

Forget the Mega-Millions for a second and let’s feel a bit sorry for Boris Carthos, a Florida native, who had a little bit of bad luck recently when he won Florida’s own lottery worth $9 million dollars. They say that winning can ruin your life, but Carthos didn’t have the chance to find out, because instead of the dog eating his homework, the canine ate his ticket.

Boris didn’t even know he had won anything because he was in Orlando, at his company’s annual meeting, where he found out that he was most likely being laid off. Afterwards, he sulked back to his $20 a night motel to drown his sorrows in some liquor, when he got the call. At first, given the amount of excitement in his buddy’s voice, he thought that something was horribly wrong, but when he told him that he’d won the lottery, Carthos couldn’t believe it. He jumped up and down, raised a ruckus, so much so that police were called, but they let him go with a warning to keep it down, so he celebrated in silence. After all, it was $9 MILLION and he was the lone winner. He told his friend to put the ticket in the drawer and don’t tell anyone else, that he would be home shortly.

But when he arrived, he was disgusted at what he saw. Bob, his neighbor and long time friend, was gone and the dog was all alone. Because his Silky Terrier suffers from separation anxiety, like most of his kind do, he got overly excited and started ripping up papers, even pulling some from the drawer, including the lottery ticket, that Boris found a piece of still in the dog’s teeth. He sat there heart broken, being so close and now so far. He hopes that maybe he could show this small piece to someone and they would be able to track it somehow, but since it only had a single number out of the six required, it wasn’t likely.

He did say that he would never forgive his friend for leaving, but also said that he hasn’t seen him and was a bit worried that something might have happened to him. We’re sure he’ll turn up.