I am very much the type of person who if you told me something at a young age it probably stuck with me and chances are I might even still believe it today.
But to think that there were so many our parents told us and they just weren’t true! For your daily entertainment here are the 10 lies our parents told us and some of us still believed until reading this piece. Feel free to send them a “Thank You” note for getting you good!
10 LIES YOUR PARENTS TOLD YOU
Drinking coffee will make you short
This is possibly the oddest of our entries, primarily because how it even got started is something of a mystery. However, a possible explanation would be that parents try to deter kids from drinking something that makes them hyperactive. Whatever the explanation, the bottom line is this: coffee will not influence height. Numerous studies have been done into the effects of coffee on the body. Some suggest it reduces the risk of certain cancers. Others say it may reduce the risk of type 2 diabetes or increase male fertility. Nowhere has it been shown that drinking coffee stunts your growth.
Eating chocolate causes acne
Another diet-related claim that parents may use to encourage image-conscious youths to observe a healthier lifestyle, the notion that chocolate can cause spots is based on the idea that fatty foods cause increased production of sebum in the skin. This increased sebum in turn blocks the pores, causing acne. However, no study has been able to prove this link, and hormonal changes and your natural predisposition toward oily skin are the real determining factors. Of course, that does not mean eating chocolate won’t cause other problems, but spotty skin is not one of them.
If you sneeze with your eyes open, they will fall out
Sneezing propels mucus at speeds around 100 mph, and there is a notion that this can generate such force that sneezing with open eyes makes them fall out. However, there are a number of reasons why this is false. First of all, the majority of people have a reflex that forces their eyes to close as they sneeze. Secondly, even those who lack this reflex still have their eyes. There are also plenty of muscles attached to the eye, which allow us to move our eyes up and down and from side to side, and these are also more than capable of keeping things where they should be.
Crossing your eyes will make you go cross-eyed
This is another bizarre statement that has struck fear into many children over the years, but crossing your eyes is one activity which cannot become permanent. The fact is that, as with the previous entry, the muscles that hold the eye in place keep it in a certain position. If you then contract some of those muscles to go cross-eyed, eventually they will fatigue, and the eye will return to its original position. The wind changing (another common myth) also has no bearing on this scenario. This claim can probably be attributed to parents who don’t want their kids making faces in public.
If you go outside with wet hair, you’ll catch a cold
Surveys have suggested that as many as 40% of parents tell their children this. However, wetness really has nothing to do with it; far more important is being exposed to a cold virus. A link has been found to cold weather drying out your nasal lining, making you more susceptible to 1 of the 200 or so viruses known to cause colds. Coupled with a tendency to stay indoors, close to other people who may be carrying the virus, and you have a potent cold-inducing combination through the winter months, but wet hair really has nothing to do with it.
Swimming after eating causes cramps
This is a tale that has been shared on countless occasions, with the idea that eating diverts blood away from the muscles to the stomach, thereby increasing the chances of cramps and drowning. The motive is clearly to save lives, but the logic is fundamentally flawed. Cramps are often caused by muscle fatigue, dehydration and other factors, such as lack of sodium. However, none of these factors have any correlation to eating just prior to exercise, and in some cases, it could even be argued that replenishing your energy while exercising could actually reduce the risk of cramping.
If you swallow chewing gum it will stay in your stomach for seven years
This is unquestionably one of the most pervasive myths a kid hears, and again, is based on very little evidence. While it is true that gum base cannot be digested, the idea that it will just stick to your stomach wall, essentially sitting in a vat of hydrochloric acid, is rather misguided. It simply passes through your digestive tract, alongside any other foodstuffs that cannot be digested. One note of caution, though, before anyone starts ingesting all the gum they can: There is a small risk of large quantities of gum sticking to each other, causing a blockage in the digestive tract.
Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis
Another incredibly well-known “fact” that parents share with their children, the sound of the knuckles cracking is caused by bubbles of gas popping inside the joint. But through all the studies which have been done on knuckle-cracking, none of them have found an increased tendency toward arthritis. Other issues that have been identified as a result of long-term cracking include ligament damage and reduced grip strength. These are significant enough by themselves to deter most people from this habit, but arthritis is not a legitimate argument to make.
Watching too much TV will damage your eyesight
This assertion has been used to encourage kids everywhere to go outside and get some exercise, and is a story that has been doing the rounds more or less since the television was invented. If you watch a lot of TV, you may suffer from eye strain, as the muscles that cause the eye to focus become tired. But this is actually less likely to affect children than adults, as children’s eyes are better at adjusting focus and are therefore less susceptible to eye strain..
Carrots help you see in the dark
Possibly the most famous myth out there is the idea that eating carrots improves your night vision. As with many of these myths, this has a nugget of truth. Carrots get their color from beta-carotene, which is useful for creating vitamin A, which helps with eyesight. The myth itself stems from World War II, when successful British fighter pilots attributed their success in nighttime dog fights to eating carrots. This was actually to hide from the Germans the fact that the British had devised a fully-functioning radar system. The prospect of night vision has encouraged kids everywhere to eat more carrots, though.