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10 Common Misconceptions Dispelled [Pic]

10 Common Misconceptions Dispelled
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Lies! All these years, we”ve been told lies!

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Date: 09/30/10 08:03 AM

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    fancylad Male 30-39
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:13 am
    Link: 10 Common Misconceptions Dispelled - Lies! All these years, we`ve been told lies!
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    SumRandom1 Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:23 am
    not very interesting, made me more bored, what is up IAB
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    mcfudge Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:27 am
    Boring... You`re boring me IAB! I come here when I am bored, I don`t need to be even more bored when I am finally through.
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    WolfStar Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:31 am
    I already knew most of those, but they`re still interesting.
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    Nburkie420 Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:34 am
    The first one is what happened to me :( But I realized it and I`m starting to work out again now
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    wheresmyskul Male 40-49
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:34 am
    Now, THIS I found to be informative. And perhaps a bit embarassing. I could have sorn all my life that I could taste sour on the sides of my tongue, and sweet in the middle.
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    Angelmassb Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:35 am
    Some are interesting, some are old news
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    Jofferwry Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:35 am
    lol Edwin G. Boring. What a great name
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    Gerry1of1 Male 50-59
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:38 am
    I can go along with all that except #7. Using 10% of the brain? We all know most people don`t use that much!

    #10 - the "FIVE" basic tastes? Sweet Salty Sour Bitter and ..... ????? um...... hot? Like jalepeno hot not temperature hot? ... I dont` know
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    elHadji Male 70 & Over
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:40 am
    Haha a psychologist whose last name is Boring has to be the best one out there.
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    iCyborg Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:44 am
    Great info
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    hwkiller Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:52 am
    No way. I`ve personally seen over 6 twinkies that someone saved for well over 4 years now.

    They were lazy, put them on a stick, and brought them as dessert (seriously). He brought them back and they`ve been on a shelf ever since, opened. Still looks fresh, but they feel a bit hard.
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    JUGGALETTEx0 Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:53 am
    sashimi is delish...but it gets annoying when i`m at work eating sushi and people are all "ewww you`re eating raw fish" and I try to tell em that it just means something like "wrapped in rice" and it`s actually cooked, then they`re like "well then it`s not sushi" ugh.
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    pmarren Male 40-49
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:53 am
    Semen makes your boobs grow bigger.
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    Preeemo Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:59 am
    "Sushi is not raw fish, it`s sliced raw fish"
    Er. Thanks for that. Very helpful.
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    JUGGALETTEx0 Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:04 am
    @preeemo, sashimi is sliced raw fish.
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    Oblivia Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:06 am
    Gerry, the fifth basic taste is crap! How else do you know if something is sweet, salty, sour or bitter if you have nothing to compare it with?!
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    fabarati Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:09 am
    pmarren is correct, it does.
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    ardystic Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:10 am
    the shaving causes hair growth is the worst misconception. people tell me that all the time and it angers me when i hear it.
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    fabarati Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:17 am
    what shaving does, though, is blunt the hair, giving it an appearance of extra thickness.
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    ultimakewl Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:21 am
    @Preeemo
    if you are going to quote it atleast quote it correctly
    its "Sushi is not raw fish. It`s sashimi, which is just sliced raw fish."

    sashimi is the raw fish, not sushi
    sushi is just a dish with specificly prepared rice
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    hwkiller Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:32 am
    @Gerry, the fifth basic taste is "Umami", which is like "savoriness," "meatiness," etc.
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    lilsheep Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:34 am
    all niggas are black is a common misconception
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    teampink27 Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:35 am
    wow I feel sorry for the people that think muscle turns into fat...
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    MentalJargon Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:37 am
    Well, learned something new about sushi. Do people serisously believe the other crap?
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    patchouly Male 40-49
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:41 am
    The fifth taste is Umami. Sort of a Savory, aged taste.
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    idiotfilter Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:41 am
    figures, a guy named Boring would take up the profession of Psychologist...
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    mamba Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:47 am
    for once i am impressed, to my knowledge, there are no mistakes =]
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    AntPharm Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 9:47 am
    I learned #8 from Zombieland.
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    wtmac Male 30-39
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:10 am
    Man I hate when people recite #7 as fact... and then go on to say "imagine if we used 100% what we would be capable of". Irks the crap out of me.
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    Oliv3rP Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:13 am
    damn i felt smart with the first 3...then i didnt know the last 7 were myths!
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    green_batman Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:15 am
    I`m aware that the wavelengths of light given off by the sun are white, but why is it that photos of the sun always show it as a yellow-orange color? (ex. http://space.about.com /od/solarsystem/ss/visualtourss.htm )
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    APJ311 Male 13-17
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:27 am
    Boring, I knew all of these already. :|
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    PsychGeek Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:37 am
    so what`s the difference between raw fish and sliced raw fish? it`s still raw fish.
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    BigDaddyJeff Male 40-49
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:47 am
    velly intelesting
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    Siyanor Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:49 am
    Psych, it was just poorly worded... when it said "It`s sashimi," it didn`t mean "Sushi is sashimi," but rather "Raw fish is sashimi."
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    ShadowMoses Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:53 am
    Hehe, I laughed at the cute girl shaving. Silly girl, you don`t need to shave your face. ^_^
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:55 am
    so what`s the difference between raw fish and sliced raw fish? it`s still raw fish.

    That would be sashimi, not sushi. Sashimi is just one of the many possible toppings on sushi. The wording of the article was awkward. What they meant is that sushi isn`t raw fish. Sashimi is raw fish. Sushi can be made with anything.
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    Scotchplay Male 30-39
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    September 30, 2010 at 11:22 am
    I always assumed that 10% referred to capacity and not actual brain mass usage. It`s like a car engine that is idling. Although the entire engine is running, it is not being used to it`s fullest capacity
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    k-two Male 40-49
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    September 30, 2010 at 11:23 am
    @green_batman, wo asked: "why is it that photos of the sun always show it as a yellow-orange color?"

    Photographic images of the sun are usually done with very narrow band filters, i.e. they are basically black-and-white pictures at a particular wavelength. Since black-and-white is boring, these images are often tinted yellow or orange, just because we are used to the sun being yellow. Other colours like green or blue are used as well to indicate shorter wavelength.
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    ROK9 Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 11:31 am
    the more you know
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    LandoGriffin Male 30-39
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    September 30, 2010 at 11:44 am
    the 10% of your brain thing refers to 10% of the possible connections we could make. Like if you learned to speak English only as a baby, you will never be able to speak Hindi without an accent because you can`t hear or make all the sounds, just like a Japanese speaker can`t pronounce "R" or "L" in English.
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    Hiromi Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 11:47 am
    Thank you, IAB for educating about sushi. I`ve been arguing that for years to ignorant people!
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    ruthless1990 Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 11:56 am
    like most people on IAB, i knew most of these already, but some i did not, i like to know these things :)
    QI is also another source of correcting misconceptions!
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    NexusLetum Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 12:05 pm
    I thought the myth always went 20% of the brain, not 10%. Also twinkies have a huge shelf life. Just because it goes stale (read: not spoiled), doesn`t mean you can`t still safely eat it. Water goes stale too, and so long as it wasn`t kept in plastic it`s still okay to drink.

    @LandoGriffin Really? I always figured it was a percentage based on "conscious" use of brain space, like memorized facts, decision making, or learned skills. Excluding emotions, chemical regulation, and other routine functions that I assumed made up most of brain usage.
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    NoxasRisen Male 13-17
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    September 30, 2010 at 12:27 pm
    The 10% of the brain section is ridiculous. Who`s to say if we did only use ten percent it would all be in one localized area? "Damage to any part of the brain have profound effects on the person who suffers that damage." So who`s to say we couldn`t be putting those tiny areas to much better use?
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    Wildcats2008 Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 12:30 pm
    In reference to only using 10% of your brain...

    I guess you COULD make the argument that you only use 10% of your brain for conscious thought. I know you`re brain is constantly monitoring pretty much every cell in the body and making sure things stay in homeostatic balance.
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    Inter237 Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    Knew most of these anyways
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    Lobotomy Male 13-17
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    September 30, 2010 at 12:33 pm
    Wait, but on that star diagram doesn`t our sun fall under the yellow category? I thought the sun actually was yellow.
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    Jasonbobdude Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 1:01 pm
    Once I ate a Twinkie that had been in my lunchbox with a thing of yogurt. Somehow the Twinkie absorbed the flavor of the yogurt through several layers of packaging, and... GOD it was the most foul thing I have ever eaten in my life.
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    kairobert Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 1:14 pm
    "Wait, but on that star diagram doesn`t our sun fall under the yellow category? I thought the sun actually was yellow."

    Yes, I do believe this presentation has a lot of misconceptions itself.
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    k-two Male 40-49
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    September 30, 2010 at 1:18 pm
    With a surface temperature of 6000 K the sun actually is yellow, even if seen from space. The effect which tints our sky blue with scattered sunlight is called Rayleigh scattering. At dusk and dawn, when the sunrays are passing through a lot of air, that leaves the sun itself with the complementary colours of blue and violet, which are orange and red.
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    BigMordecai Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 1:20 pm
    @Lobotomy The sun is actually a black body meaning it radiates all wavelengths of light, thus is white.
    @Everyone who makes the we only use x% of the brain. The statement is bullpoo but you have to contextualize your measurement. You will never use that low because you are constantly receiving sensory information and sending it. You are also regulating hormones hunger fear etc. as a lot of the brain is used. If one uses an MRI to scan regions then one discovers much more activity. Probably the best definition is neurons firing which this would describe. @Nexus Letum- the brain isn`t RAM, there is not some abstract brain space. @NoxasRisen You don`t know anything about the brain.
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    BigMordecai Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 1:21 pm
    Remember yellow is an informal classification.
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    shappy Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 1:32 pm
    i want the source for the toungue thing, i gotta show my biology teacher
  56. Profile photo of NexusLetum
    NexusLetum Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 1:44 pm
    @BigMordecai It`s generally agreed upon that certain regions of the brain have Very specific functions. I thought this myth pertained to the school of thought: that of 100% of the brain, x% (of either a specific region(s), or of the total) was dedicated to CONSCIOUS brain functions because it`s rather obvious that the brain regulates a lot of subconscious functions (like heart rate or breathing). I argue that we DON`T and CAN`T use the rest, thus the x%. Because the energy is being used for other regulated functions that are difficult to change. You can hold your breath until you pass out, but can you keep holding it after that? No.

    It`s hardly abstract, but we don`t know enough about the brain yet to point to all these places on a model. It`s not like we average Joes and Janes have the terminology to discuss anything about the brain in more specific terms anyway.
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    yarrrpirate Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 2:32 pm
    No surprise that the psychology "research" paper was bullcrap.
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    DarkFerret Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 2:33 pm
    yea... i kinda with this info was cited, cuz im not buying a few of these
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    dstbstr Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 2:42 pm
    I`ll say in reply to #4 that while cutting off dead hair doesn`t cause hair to grow, colder skin does. They`ve done studies with white rabbits where they place an ice pack on the bunny, and the hair in that area grows in black. I would imagine it`s much the same to shave off your hair, causing the temp in the specific area to get colder. this only seems to affect leg/back/chest/face hair, not to the hair on the top of your head. Otherwise balding people would tear out their hair in clumps.

    I think that`s why a guy can grow a mustache, then a beard, and they`ll be about the same length after a few months.
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    mac_n_cheese Male 13-17
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    September 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm
    the sun is actually more turquoise than white, its due to the emission spectra of the fusion in the suns atmosphere
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    mrbateman40 Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm
    The Sun is a ball of fire held together by gravity and the pressure cause from nuclear fusion. There are varying colors of sun`s depending on their size and how hot they are. Generally the hotter the star the larger. our sun happens to have a surface temperature of about 10,000 degrees, which happens to emit a red fire. It`s not white. or Turquoise. The hotter/larger suns are more light blue/turquoiseish, and the hottest of suns can burn ultra violet. soooo.
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    Spider_sol Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 4:28 pm
    DarkFerret, which one`s are you doubting? Look them up your damn self if you don`t believe them. Heck, I knew all but the red meat one before reading this.

    And PS: Einstein didn`t mean we literally use 10% of our brain, he meant we used 10% of it`s potential. They even admitted themselves (in a round-a-bout way) that we use our brain less (read: not less of our brain) when we are sleeping.
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    Suicism Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 5:35 pm
    I could have sworn I`ve SEEN toilet bowl water spinning counter-clockwise in Australia, on something of a reputable source like the Discovery channel, and having them cite hemisphere location as the cause. Here`s their own website, however, dispelling the myth or `clarifying` the `legend`:

    Toilet

    Perhaps I mistook correlation for cause?
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    optix_reverb Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 5:45 pm
    "Mrbateman40" is somewhat correct about the sun. Our sun is made of plasma. It`s classified as a G-5 on the Hertzsprung–Russell diagram at a temp of 5000-6000k in fact making it a orange/yellow color. In order for it to be white it would have to be an F5-A5 class at a temp of 7000-1000k and would have to be a lot bigger approaching sub-giant and start to go off the Main Sequence.
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    IRockYeah Male 40-49
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    September 30, 2010 at 5:51 pm
    Factoid #11. Cheese does NOT give you nightmares.
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    moefreak Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 5:59 pm
    That brain myth has always irritated me. Although often when people mention it, they might be referring to the capacity that our brain has to learn and remember. In that sense the statistic is clearly way, way less than 10%.
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    Fatninja01 Male 30-39
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    September 30, 2010 at 7:47 pm
    THe internet is full of someone telling what to do and somesone argueing it, its the internet but let me tell you, the tongue does have different zones, just grab tobasco sause on a connot bud and let put it in differnet parts of your tongue and see which part burns, hence proof dont believe everything everyone tells you! Just kos iAB posts it doenst mean its true!
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    Djer Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 7:56 pm
    I`m not quite sure about the tongue thing...I work at a coffee shop, and different types of coffee hit the tongue in different areas. The stronger (read:bitter) coffees usually hit the back of the tongue, whereas the taste for sweeter/herbal tends to be strongest at the front and sides.
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    GuardinGnome Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 7:59 pm
    This bored the sh*t out of me..........
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    vw Female 30-39
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:02 pm
    What?! The tongue doesn`t have taste zones? Just wtf were they teaching me in school then?!! lol
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    Maromi Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:24 pm
    I refuse to believe numbers 4 and 10 to be false.
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    davidstone Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 8:43 pm
    "This bored the sh*t out of me.........."

    Coooooooooooooooooooool!

    Thanks for sharing
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    sbeelz Male 30-39
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:03 pm
    #1 is true, but it neglects to mention that muscle does turn to flab when you stop exercising. That is, you lose tone, and the muscle becomes more "floppy," making it look kind of like fat.
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    phoneybone Male 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:05 pm
    like vw, i too agree. I always thought this idea was bullsheezy. I remember my teach giving us sour candy and saying "taste it on the tip of your tongue and it`ll taste sweet!" Yeeeaaaah, no, not so much bitch.
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    NanGoneBanan Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:06 pm
    As I was reading these I heard Sheldon`s voice speaking them out to me in my head, I think I`ve been watching too much of The Big Bang Theory.
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    ladyfiaragc Female 18-29
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:08 pm
    @ Maromi; I completely agree completely. 4 and 10 MUST be false. *slaps her hand on the table*
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    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:53 pm
    A couple of these are wrong.
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
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    September 30, 2010 at 10:56 pm
    Okay, 6 and 9 are wrong.

    The sun has a peak wavelength of about 475-500nm corresponding to a yellow-green color. All stars have a predominant color from deep red to blue. No star is white.

    The Coriolis effect is small on small quantities of water, but it is real and observable. Take a round tub; drill a hole in the center of the bottom; put it on a couple of saw horses; put a stopper in the hole from below; fill it with water; let it stand for a few hours; and pull the plug. The water will start spinning counter-clockwise in the northern hemisphere, and clockwise in the southern hemisphere. The effect is more pronounced the farther you get from the equator.

    If you start the water swirling in the opposite direction, it will continue in that direction since you have imparted more angular momentum to the system than what was there from the Coriolis effect. However, for a toilet, it`s better to go with the water`s natural tendency than to fight against it.
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    Samen28 Male 13-17
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    September 30, 2010 at 11:05 pm
    8 is wrong, there are no eggs in Twinkies, and likely little flour as they use a near fully artificial sponge cake and icing recipe now-a-days. I`m not sure the shelf life, but I wouldn`t be surprised it ~1 month was an accurate estimate.
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    shneeblefish Male 18-29
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    October 1, 2010 at 12:20 am
    "All stars have a predominant color from deep red to blue. No star is white."

    So what about white dwarfs?
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    Selfluminous Male 18-29
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    October 1, 2010 at 12:57 am
    @OldOllie i`m pretty sure that the peak wavelength of 475-500 nm is blue green, mixture of which is white, after scattered by air molecules it will shift to the yellow region of spectrum. Never mind that, your conclusion "no star is white" is just wrong. And also, they didn`t say that Coriolis effect in flushing toilet is unreal.You are right, the effect is greater the further away from the equator. Just do a simple calculation of earth`s radial freq with water flow`s velocity and the swirling radius of water you will see that the resulting moment of Coriolis force is in the order of 10^(-7)N.m (maybe overestimating it) and compare it to the initial momentum of the water itself. The things that really determine the direction in which water leaves your toilet are the shape of the bowl and the angle at which the liquid initially enters that bowl. The butterfly flapping wings is also real and observable lol
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    kummi90 Male 18-29
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    October 1, 2010 at 1:36 am
    It`s true that the tongue doesn`t have strict taste zones, however the tongue DOES have zones where some of the buds are FOCUSED...
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    xxPinkxx Female 18-29
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    October 1, 2010 at 4:29 am
    only one i believed before this was the toilet one, and i was kind of dissappointed. bart simpson did it on the simpsons.
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    Ari-- Female 18-29
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    October 1, 2010 at 6:08 am
    we even had a picture of a tongue and it`s taste zones in our biology book. yay german education system.
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    tuesdayfool Female 13-17
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    October 1, 2010 at 6:12 am
    ""All stars have a predominant color from deep red to blue. No star is white."

    So what about white dwarfs?"

    I was thinking the same...
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    meepmaker Male 30-39
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    October 1, 2010 at 7:05 am
    And now we know.
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    skullgrin Male 18-29
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    October 1, 2010 at 7:21 am
    the tounge thing is not 100% wrong...at least not for me. if i touch something sweet to the tip of my tounge i can taste it, but if i touch it to the sides or the back i can not. If i touch bitter chocolate to the tip of my tounge i can not taste it, but i will taste it if i place it on the back of my tounge. I know that the tounge has taste receptors through out the entire surface, but it seems as if those zones really do have more of a certain type than others
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    Vimto Male 40-49
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    October 1, 2010 at 9:01 am
    Most of this nicely ripped from QI.
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    Rufio1980 Male 18-29
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    October 1, 2010 at 9:14 am
    The toilet one is wrong! I`ve seen experiments on TV demonstrating the direction of the water each side of the equator and it does go in opposite directions. It also doesn`t spin at all when you`re on the equator itself.
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    GiveChase Female 18-29
    535 posts
    October 1, 2010 at 9:59 am
    Sushi isn`t raw fish, it`s sliced raw fish....?

    And even though that meat juice isn`t blood, it still grosses me out.
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    duffytoler Male 40-49
    5194 posts
    October 1, 2010 at 11:05 am
    Good to see one of these that doesn`t suck! Seems like there`s way too many of these "Fun Facts" lists that are all or partly BS.
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    Rorschach_ Male 40-49
    115 posts
    October 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm
    Now you know. And knowing is half the battle
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    OldOllie Male 60-69
    15832 posts
    October 1, 2010 at 10:06 pm
    "So what about white dwarfs?"

    They still have a dominant color depending on their temperature. Newly formed white dwarfs are quite hot and thus are blue. As they cool they go through green, yellow, orange, red, and gradually fade to infra red (brown dwarfs).

    A star closely approximates a blackbody in its energy distribution curve. The wavelength of peak of the curve depends on temperature. There`s a good article on it here.

    For a star to be white, it would have to radiate equal amounts of energy at all visible wavelengths, which never happens in nature.
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    Lauryn Female 18-29
    437 posts
    October 2, 2010 at 3:10 am
    Rufio1980
    Male, 18-29, Europe
    10 Posts Friday, October 1, 2010 9:14:46 AM
    The toilet one is wrong! I`ve seen experiments on TV demonstrating the direction of the water each side of the equator and it does go in opposite directions. It also doesn`t spin at all when you`re on the equator itself.

    A perfect example of why you SHOULD NOT believe everything you see.... In aus our water doesnt circle it just goes straight freakin down! and we are not on the equator,.,.,., Dont be so gulable(sp) my dear ;)
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    Vindictive Female 18-29
    1077 posts
    October 2, 2010 at 8:57 am
    i knew all of this except the meat/blood thing. good to know!
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    Wai-Yu Female 13-17
    246 posts
    October 3, 2010 at 7:44 pm
    ... I think I`ll go throw out my twinkies now.
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    jayebee Male 18-29
    26 posts
    October 4, 2010 at 1:13 am
    Lauryn
    Female, 18-29, Australia

    A perfect example of why you SHOULD NOT believe everything you see.... In aus our water doesnt circle it just goes straight freakin down! and we are not on the equator,.,.,., Dont be so gulable(sp) my dear ;)

    Hi Lauryn, Before you get all condescending, have you been to the equator and seen for yourself? I have. In ecuador to be exact. In the southern hemisphere it spins clockwise, on the equator it drains straight down, and in the north it spins anticlockwise. I didn`t believe it untill I actually saw it with my own eyes. I was pretty skeptical (have a science degree), but yeah, it actually happens.
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    Fojos Male 18-29
    171 posts
    October 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    The way the water circles depends on how the toilets are built, nothing else.
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    Fojos Male 18-29
    171 posts
    October 4, 2010 at 2:59 pm
    "Hi Lauryn, Before you get all condescending, have you been to the equator and seen for yourself? I have. In ecuador to be exact. In the southern hemisphere it spins clockwise, on the equator it drains straight down, and in the north it spins anticlockwise. I didn`t believe it untill I actually saw it with my own eyes. I was pretty skeptical (have a science degree), but yeah, it actually happens. "

    I`ve seen all those scenarios where I live.

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