The myths we all believed as kids

Some old wives’ tails and little fibs stick around for generations… did you get told these when you were younger?

Sitting too close to the tele will give you square eyes

Parents have been saying this since the arrival of the TV! Whilst sitting too close to screens won’t exactly do you much good, there has never been a reported case of eyes going square… yet!

Eating carrots will help you see in the dark

Although it’s true that carrots are packed with vitamin A which is essential for our eyes, unfortunately, you will not gain any night vision… no matter how many you chomp!

You’ll catch a cold if you go outside with wet hair on a chilly day

Colds are viruses and can’t be caught just from being outside, although symptoms of being too cold include a runny nose, chills and fatigue… half points for this one!

Eating your crusts gives you curly hair

Your mother just wanted you to stop wasting half of every sandwich…

If the wind blows when you cross your eyes, they will get stuck that way!

Remember the fear of hearing someone shout that your eyes will get permanently stuck crossed if the wind blows or if you held it for too long… luckily it’s not true (although probably no good for your eyes anyway).

Swallowed chewing gum stays in your stomach for seven years 

Chewing gum isn’t exactly easily digestible, but it will travel through your system in two to four days!

Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis

Multiple studies have indicated that there is no evidence to suggest cracking knuckles causes or worsens arthritis.

You either absolutely HATE the sound… or are always the one making it!

Touching a frog can give you warts

Warts are caused by a human virus, but it’s probably still best not to handle the small creatures, though.

Toilets in Australia flush the other way

As cool as this claim is, it simply depends on how the toilet was designed. What a bummer!

Goldfish have a three-second memory

These little guys deserve some more credit! Some scientists actually believe their memories last for months.

We all swallow spiders in our sleep

This (luckily) is just an urban legend. We really hope.

If you hold a buttercup flower under your chin and your skin glows yellow, it means you like butter!

Seriously, who came up with this one?

Which classic myths have we missed? Let us know in the comments!


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