We all grow up hearing certain things that we take to be true. Sometimes our mothers tell us things, or our friends growing up tell about things to look out for. Many times, you can read about things that are said to be true and later find out they aren’t. Here are just a few things that a lot of people believe are true that turn out not to be.
If you listened in history class then you know about Napoleon, the great emperor of France and military leader who built an empire in Europe. Everyone knows about how short he was, well it turns out that’s not necessarily true. According to some historians his height was commonly given as five feet two inches in French units. We use Imperial units and when you convert, the five feet two inches becomes five feet seven inches. Not short for the time in which he lived.
Everyone says you should stretch before you run. Now researchers are finding that it actually slows you down. Stretching before you run can result in a 5 percent drop of efficiency. Scientifically it has never been definitively shown that stretching reduces injury either.
Cracking your knuckles will end up giving you arthritis. Most knuckle crackers have heard that, but it turns out it’s not true. Studies have been done time and again with no evidence being found that knuckle cracking increases your chances of getting arthritis.
How many of our mothers told us never to go out in the cold with a wet head, you’ll catch a cold, or worse. Once again, the evidence, or lack there of has shown that this is not true. Studies have shown that people who are chilled are no more likely to get sick than those who are not, and that include those with wet heads.
Once again, we learn that things we hear or read aren’t always true.