10 Most Common Myths Busted
1. Sitting closer to the TV damages vision:
Sitting closer than necessary to the television may give you a headache, but it will not damage your vision.
2. No one knows which came first, the chicken or the egg
Birds evolved from reptiles, so the first bird must have come out of an egg–laid by a reptile.
3. Chameleons use camouflage to blend in with their surroundings
Chameleons tend to change their skin color when their mood changes, not as camouflage with their background. Chromatophores are triggered by physical, emotional and psychological changes.
4. You shouldn’t eat spicy food if you are prone to ulcers
Doctors now know that a bacterial infection or some medications — not stress or diet — cause most peptic ulcers.
5. Cracking your knuckles will lead to arthritis
The popping sounds comes from air or gas bubbles being released in a joint. It is unlikely that knuckle cracking would damage cartilage to the extent that it would lead to arthritis.
6. Eating cheese before you sleep will give you nightmares
Cheese contains Tryptophan, an amino acid that has been found to relieve stress, relax our nerves and aid in sleeping.
7. You can run away from a crocodile by running in a zig zag pattern
Humans can outrun crocodiles on land, and running in a straight line is the fastest way of putting distance between yourself and the crocodile.
8. Opposites attract
Research has found that we are twice as likely to be attracted to someone when we agree on 6 out of 10 issues than someone who we agree only with on 3 out of 10 issues.
9. Lightning never strikes the same place twice
Warm moist air causes hot-spots for lightning to strike more frequently. Tall buildings, radio and TV towers and high mountaintops are likely to receive multiple strikes every year.
10. Cats always land on their feet
Cats have a natural righting reflex which shifts their bodies into the correct landing position. However, since they need a few seconds to trigger this reflex, a sudden short distance fall will not give them enough time to land on their feet.
WWF Mythbuster Game
All above questions come from the latest gamified initiative of WWF to spread awareness around the world. We played this very interesting game and found these amazing myths’ reality. You can also play the game here: http://mythcrackers.panda.org, besides the game please also see the notes that WWF presents in random answers. Great job WWF!!