5 Debunked Science Facts We Grew Up Hearing About

Fagjun | Published 2017-10-12 00:21

Did you still think that these debunked science facts actually are factual?




Because science is an ever-growing body of knowledge, there are things that we believed to be true at some point in history but turned out to be false later on. There are many reasons why a certain scientific fact would be proven to be untrue, such as a change in definitions or the discovery of a new facet to that bit of knowledge. In any case, there are many things that we used to believe to be true but have actually been proven false. Check out the following debunked facts and see if you still believed them to be true all this time.



Debunked: Sugar makes children hyperactive




Back when you were younger, you probably heard your parents telling you that you weren't allowed to consume too much sugar because you'd be bouncing off the walls if you did. There are still a number of parents today who believe that their child is acting up because of a sugar rush. However, it turns out that sugar doesn't actually make anyone hyper. Children in particular can be just as hyper with or without sugar.



Debunked: Diamond is the hardest substance on Earth




This is among the still popular albeit debunked science facts. Many still believe that diamonds are the hardest stuff on the planet, even though this has actually been debunked way back in 2009. Two substances—wurtzite boron nitride and lonsdaleite—have been found to be harder than diamonds.


In 2013, researchers also came up with something called ultrahard nanotwinned cubic boron nitride made of compressed boron nitride particles. Maybe engagement rings should have ultrahard nanotwinned cubic boron nitride instead of a diamond. After all, it makes for better symbolism.



Debunked: It's mathematically impossible to fold a piece of paper more than seven times




Do you remember hearing about this back in elementary or middle school? Whether or not you tried to debunk or confirm this particular “fact”, it really gained traction across the world. However, it turns out that you can fold a piece of paper way more than seven times.


High schooler Britney Gallivan managed to fold a piece of toilet paper 11 times, even figuring out an equation for the best way to fold paper more than seven times.


In 2012, however, a group of students managed to break Gallivan's record, folding a piece of paper for a total of 13 times.



Debunked: Some people have photographic memory




This is also among the more enduring yet debunked science facts out there. We talk of people with photographic memory like they can remember things in exact, picture-perfect detail. However, this isn't actually true.


That's not to say that these people don't have amazing memory. They do. However, they don't remember things the way we think they do.



Debunked: We use only 10% of our brains




The actual fact behind this prevalent myth has finally been gaining traction in recent years. However, some still believe the 10% myth, and it certainly doesn't help when films like Luc Besson's Lucy and Neil Burger's Limitless feed into the myth. Films like this make it seem like if we only used the full capacity of our brains, we would be powerful.


However, this isn't the case. We actually are using all parts of our brains, for different purposes and at different times. This is one of the more popular among debunked science facts, and it's understandable. After all, who doesn't want the possibility of being better than we are now if we could just tap into our brain's hidden potential. However, the brain we have now is what we've got. All we can do is make the most of it.

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