So, this month I thought that it would be a little fun to do an entry about well-known myths that have been largely believed, but have been debunked. I hope you enjoy this information as much as I did.
To start things out with a myth that has recently been believed, is from a show called Breaking Bad. It has been widely believed that Walter White, the shows main character, is very adept at chemistry. Being that he dissolved a body with hydrochloric acid and that he created a gigantic explosion with mercury fulminate. Sorry everyone, these two have been proven false.
You would be correct in thinking that sharks are highly evolved killing machines, but not in the ways you may think. Everyone believed that a big enough shark with enough impact could do damage to a ship by ramming it. This is not true. That they can smell one drop of blood in a swimming pool sized area, this is only true if we were talking about fish blood, which is not correct. You may have thought playing dead to try and dissuade a shark from attacking you is not true, but it can work.
This next one is one that I heard a lot growing up. “You can trick a breathalyzer by sucking on a penny, eating an onion, or chugging mouth wash. First off, never drink and drive, but these have all been proven false. Also, police can do a blood test if they wanted too which would put you out of luck. Sorry.
Now I had never heard of this one but there may be some of you that have. Allegedly, you can apparently throw a hammer out in front of you as you dive from a high location into the water. Now as I thought about this, I thought “why not?” Because you will still die and it may be more painful.
The thought of this one is kind of scary, you can trigger an explosion while using your cell phone at the pump. To break this down for you, an explosion can happen when the gas vapor combusts with an electrostatic charge. Funny thing is that the phone would not be the culprit in this scenario. It is you! Just by getting in and out of your vehicle can create this electrostatic charge. That’s the scary part.
Finally, I am sure we have all heard about this one. You can destroy someone’s car by adding sugar to their gas tank. This one is false. In tests that were run on the popular Discovery Channel show, “Mythbusters”, it proved that adding sugar helped make the car run better. Who would’ve thought, right?
There are plenty of other myths that have been debunked on the internet, so I implore you to check them out.