Common knowledge is something that most people SHOULD have but unfortunately, it seems to be lacking more and more these days.
But in all seriousness though, sometimes things that seem INTUITIVELY right end up being drastically wrong. There are many myths and ideas that are perpetuated as ‘common knowledge’ or ‘common facts’ but in reality, they could not be farther from the truth. We tend to assume these things to be true but upon further inspection and more research we tend to find out that these things are not true.
However, it is important to note that there are some ‘common knowledge’ facts that have stood the test of time and also passed some scientific experiments. For instance, the common theory that carrots aid eyesight is actually true. And the old saying that walnuts are good for the brain is actually legitimate!
But we decided to go on Reddit to ask fellow Redditors which ‘common knowledge’ facts have been debunked as false! Hopefully, this will incite more people to do their own research and conduct their own experiments.
‘I was always told that cutting your hair really short or regularly shaving your beard will make it grow back thicker and faster but in reality that is not the case. It is just a confirmation bias since we are looking for the hair to come back faster and quicker thus creating a placebo effect.’ (Marlie93)
‘The saying that ‘all dogs have worms’ is actually true. All dogs are born with worms which is why you deworm them. They are not supposed to live with a parasite inside them their whole life!’ (caroline_97)
‘We have been taught that dogs see only in black and white and different shades of gray but in reality, they are dichromic animals which means that they can recognize fewer colors than humans but can still see a variety of colors.’ (kami92)
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