13 Well Known “Facts” That Are Completely Untrue

Do you believe in everything they tell you? Well don’t! We uncover 14 things you may be surprised to learn aren’t, in fact, true at all.

PUBLISHED: 08:00, 12 Feb 2015 | 
UPDATED: 14:20, 04 Feb 2015 | 

#1 Bulls will chase red

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Spanish matadors started using small red capes in the 1700s, this is probably where the myth originates from, but bulls are actually attracted by the movement of the cape and not it’s colour.

#2 Lightning always strikes in the same place

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Scientists have actually found that lightning often strikes twice in the same place and also the chances you are going to be struck are 45% higher than people commonly assume.

#3 Vikings wore horns on helmets

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A horned helmet has never been found, depictions from the viking age show warriors bareheaded or wearing simple iron or leather helmets.

#4 Toilet waste is ejected from planes


Airplanes have a special tank where waste is collected and then it is disposed of by the ground crew.

#5 Chameleons Change Colour To Blend In With Their Surroundings

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It’s a common misconception that chameleons camouflage themselves. Chameleons change colours to communicate with their own kin and to regulate their body temperature.

#6 You can see the Great Wall of China from space

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Astronauts have reported that the Great Wall of China is quite hard to see from space and when compared to other man made structures, like cites, it is barely visible.

#7 Sushi is raw fish

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Sushi is actually any food dish composed of rice with vinegar and accompanied by any type of sea food, cooked or raw.

#8 Bats are blind

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The truth is that all 1,100 bat species can see and often their vision is pretty good, although not as excellent as many other night-hunting animals.

#9 It’s dangerous to wake up a sleepwalker

Sleepwalkers may be confused when they are woken up but it won’t harm them if they are waken. It is more likely that they hurt themselves if they are left to sleep walk.

#10 Jesus was born on 25th of December


Yep, Christmas is all made up. There is no evidence of Jesus being born on December 25th and it was already popular in pagan religious celebrations as the birthday of the sun. So Christmas could be any day of the year for all we know.

#11 We only use 10% of our brains

It may happen that at certain moments we are only using 10% of our brain, but there is no evidence that we have unused space. We virtually use every part of the brain and most of the brain is active all the time.

#12 Chewing gum takes seven years to be digested

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Chewing gum can’t be broken down by the digestive system like other foods, so this means it can’t be digested and that it will go straight through you and come out ahem… the other side.

#13 Dogs live seven years per one human year


According to experts this is false. Dogs do mature faster than humans, reaching the equivalent of 21 years in only two, but then aging slows down to more like four human years per dog year. “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan’s site recommends this way to calculate your dog’s human-age equivalent: Subtract two from the age, multiply that by four and add 21.