The people of my country is a mix between romans and dacics. Now I will talk about dacics. They were involved, but it is said that they were willing to fight for freedom and defeated the romans many times. The reason why they chose as their emblem the wolf because it is one of the few animals that will refuse to befriend a human even if it is fed, meaning it is independent. However, in the end, dacics got conquered by romans, but the romanization lasted only 100 years, which tells us that dacics actually had a lot in common with romans. Back to the wolf, one of the most popular tradition was that a newborn to be fed with milk only from a recipient made out of wolf skin. After the romanization, the christian church wanted to make dacics get rid of pagan traditions and symbols (they believed in more gods). So they came up with St. Andrews, which got set on the same date as the wolf’s day, on 30 November. On St. Andrews garlic is out around the house to “get rid of evil spirits”. This might also be a trace of connection between vampires and garlic. One of the country’s leaders was said to be so evil, he was a vampire.
A misbelief is same as a myth, but it is usually made by people around you. A myth is something you heard and took it for a fact, while a misconception is slowly induced.
The 24-hour rule
Maybe you have seen in many movies that you have to wait 24 hours before being able to report a person as missing. But this is not true! You can report it any time, as long as the absence is an unusual one, not being late for lunch ten minutes after school. This is more like missing from home or your bike is found lying by the side of the road but you are nowhere to be found, not answering phone calls.
Origins of fortune cookies
Fortune cookies are associated with China, but in fact, the initial concept is Japanese. They are associated with China for us, Europeans because China is closer to us than Japan is. See here how I compare more things like these.
420 is a popular number, which is related to marijuana. In Los Angeles, 420 is the penal code for marijuana use. But this number did not originate from the penal code. It is originated from the Californian police code 420, which prohibits public disturbance. Its use started after 4:20 P.M, when a group of students got caught smoking weed. The reason why this is where the number originates from is that this happened around 1970, much earlier than the appearance of L.A penal code 420.
Waking a sleepwalker
It is said that waking up a sleepwalking person might cause them brain damage or worse. Actually, this is not real. In fact, if a sleepwalker suddenly wakes up, he might be confused or scared and might try to hit you, but will not become violent, faint or die. I also sleepwalked once and woke up because my alarm clock rang, which is sudden, and nothing happened.
Aircraft toilet waste
There are mentions saying that plane toilet waste is thrown outside the plane, while it is flying. No! It is actually stored in a tank and disposed on the ground. Old trains also dumped waste on tracks, but modern ones have tanks.
There we go, debunked myths, part 2
Food before swimming
Maybe your parents tell you to not eat before going for a swim. If you ate too much, the effort will truly give you stomach aches, but if you eat normally, you should not drown. Not because of the food.
Alcohol warms your body
It does not. It only dilates the blood vessels, stimulating more nerves at once, giving you a feeling of warmth.
Rust causes tetanus
Rust may cause other infections, but not tetanus. I scratched myself deeply many times in rusty metal and I am fine.
The 5-second rule
If food falls on the floor, you have 5 seconds to eat it and nothing will happen, right? This was definitely made as a joke and this is NOT a fact. Bacteria contaminate food on the ground within milliseconds.
Ice cream and colds
I bet you wanted to eat ice cream but your parents will tell you that you shouldn’t because it’s cold outside. Well, your inner body temperature will be the same as always, so eating ice cream on cold weather does not affect you in any way. You will not get a cold. Just if you eat it too fast, it might irritate your throat, but the same thing happens during summer, too!
Tearing apart moles causes cancer
Many of us have heard that if e try to remove a mole we have, we will get skin cancer. But this is NOT a fact. Actually, you can get the mole tested to see if it contains cancerous cells, and if it doesn’t it can be surgically removed with ease. If it is cancerous, it can still be removed but the surgery is going to cost more.
Emo people hate life
This is more of a stereotype, but a stereotype is, in the end, a myth. Many people say that being emo means that you hate life. But this is not true! Emo is short from emotion, and being emo means that you overreact over a specific emotion. This means that as much and as fast as you start hating life, you can also start loving it. The only thing is that emo people look for attention, and they gain it only when they show their sad thoughts.
Urban legends are creepy stories, definitely NOT based on facts. I don’t know what are the most popular urban legends in other countries, but in mine are the following:
The Black Ambulance
There is a popular myth only mindless people believe, which actually started in other balcanic countries, about an ambulance that is black and kidnaps people to take their organs. Organ trafficking is an issue around the world, in general, but in my country, it got for no apparent reason the name of Black Ambulance.
The Hoiabaciu Forest
In my country, there is a forest which is said to be haunted. The whole thing about this forest did not start recently, it started before 1995, when the internet access in my country was extremely limited, so it had no influence on this legend. There are many people that claim to have seen ghosts, or had hallucinations. Personally, I won’t believe those rumors until I go there and see myself. Too bad I live far away from that place.
In this region, many fights during WW2 took place, and one of the country’s leaders is said to have been extremely cruel. By this means that many castles in this area are said to be haunted and people can hear screams from inside.
There are more than eight whole villages that were completely flooded. But in this lake, there is also a church. People could flee the place, so there were no reported casualties. However, priests still claim that there was a woman which drowned in there during the flood. She attempts to strangle anyone who has tight connections with the church, because no one helped her.
The killer lake
Many years ago, there was a village by a lake. One day, the people woke up in the morning, sensing a rotten egg smell. The next morning, pigs, cows, horses, were all dead, lying on the ground. Older people also died. There was a research team sailing on the lake. The explanation for the deaths was that underneath the lake there was gas stuck under the ground and it was slowly leaking, reaching the surface and filling the village. Of course, there are legends that say that old people chocking can still be heard in the village and horses, too.
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.
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 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
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.