About myths

I have realised that I write as if I am writing a speech

       Many people believe in myths. Some of these myths are more believable, while others are not so and you must be living under a rock to believe them.

     Just Myths

       Chewing gum will only digest after a long time.

No, it won’t! It will digest normally, since gastric acid can even dissolve a razor blade. In the worst case, you will be constipated. However, gum has many chemicals in it, so avoid swallowing it!

       Spiders will enter your mouth while you are asleep

This is one of the dumbest myths I have ever heard. Spiders have no reason to enter a human’s mouth, even if it is warm, since it is too wet. Also, who sleeps with the mouth wide open?

       Antibiotics eliminate viruses.

Nope. They destroy bacteria, not viruses. They are two different things. First of all, viruses are smaller and need a host to live in (living thing) and duplicate inside them. Bacteria also live outside a host. Some types of bacteria help digestion, so bacteria also brings good things, while viruses won’t.

       Five senses

Five senses are mentioned (taste, smell, touch, hearing, seeing) but in addition, there are: orientation(know where you are in a space) thermoception and equilibrioception (feel temperature, be able to feel changes in balance). There is also interoception (be aware of the pshyhical condition of your own), but this might as well count as seeing and touching togheter.

       Earthworms can split and regenerate

We all heard this: if you cut an earthworm, both halves will still be alive and regenerate, so there will be two worms. Some worms can, but earthworms have a distinct head and tail, so they can’t regenerate. Try cutting one in half. It won’t live
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       Some animals ignore their babies if touched by a human

They do not. They will ignore the baby if it is too sick to stay alive or if the mother is dying.

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