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9 Things Our Parents Lied to Us and to Themselves About

Parents are always the main source of information for a child. But they are not always the most reliable source.

Bright Side decided to think back on all the myths our parents told us.

1. Your ears go red when you lie.

Blood vessels in the ears regulate the temperature of the body, so if they are red, it means the body is overheated.

2. You’ll get sick if you stand near a working microwave.

Microwaves produce heat that can be absorbed by the human body, and parts like the eyes are most in danger. This is because the blood circulation there is quite poor, and heat damage can happen easier. However, something like this would happen only if someone was exposed to microwave energy for long periods of time.

3. You’ll get arthritis if you crack your knuckles.

This misconception is very popular, but there is absolutely nothing to worry about. No connection has been made between arthritis and cracking knuckles. Bones don’t pop, but air bubbles do.

4. You’ll get acne if you eat too much chocolate.

Acne is an inflammation of the skin, and chocolate doesn’t cause pimples to appear. There is research that says otherwise, but scientists think it’s controversial.

5. If you swallow chewing gum, it’ll be in your stomach for 7 years.

If you swallow chewing gum, it will be digested just like anything else. The only difference is that it’ll take a little more time. In the end, it will leave your body freely and naturally.

6. If you touch a toad, you’ll get warts.

The reasons why warts appear are reduced immunity and human papillomavirus (HPV).

7. Your hair will grow faster if you have it cut more often.

Unfortunately, hair growth rate doesn’t depend on how often you have it cut. The average hair growth rate is 0.01 inches per day. There are many factors affecting it: age, hormones, and even the time of year.

8. If you get scared when making a face, it’ll get stuck that way.

Of course, this is a myth. No connection has been found between getting scared and dysfunction of the facial nerve.

9. If you play video games for too long, you’ll break your TV.

TVs break down over time, no matter how often you play video games.

Please note: This article was updated in May 2022 to correct source material and factual inaccuracies.
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