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15 Common Misconceptions About The Human Body


The human body, despite being something we depend on daily, is still a great mystery to us. I think it’s mostly because we don’t care – if it works, it works. That said, every now and then some misconceptions about our own bodies pop up. We have no idea where these exist or why they’re still happening, but it’s about time someone stepped up the plate and told us the truth.



“You Should Drink 8 Glasses Of Water”
Good news for all the alcoholics out there, this isn’t true. You actually already get most of the water you need from food and other sources, so you shouldn’t force yourself to drink water if you’re not thirsty. Or ever.



“Starve a Fever And Feed A Cold”
Don’t starve anything, you need your food for energy to fight your illness.



“Men Think About Sex Every 7 Seconds”
Some men probably do, but most men don’t. In fact, only 54% of men think about sex on a daily basis.

“Shampoo and Conditioner Fix Split Ends”
Split ends are officially dead. Nothing left to do but cut them off. Shampoo isn’t made of Lazarus Pits juice.



“You Can Sweat Out Toxins”
Sweat does nothing but cool your body down. It might be a side effect from the toxins giving you a fever, but that’s about it.

“Shaving Makes Your Hair Grow Back Thicker”
That’s not true, and every 15 year old boy that frantically shaves himself twice a day to look like a man can tell you this.



“You Shouldn’t Wake A Sleepwalker”
Well, you shouldn’t scare them into waking up by revving a chainsaw near them, but you shouldn’t do that with a normal person either. Just put them back to bed.



“Wet Hair in Cold Weather Will Make You Sick”
There’s literally no connection between either. This is one of those things where you get sick after remembering going out with wet hair a few days earlier and everyone is all “that must be it!” It’s not.

“A Cold Shower Will Sober You Up”
It’ll lower your core body temperature, which is already lowered because of all the drinking you’ve been doing. The only thing that’ll sober you up is some sleep and lots of time.



“Eating Fats Makes You Fat”
I know, the word pretty much implies it, doesn’t it? Carbs and sugar are a lot worse for you than fats are. Go have that burger. Don’t be ashamed.

“Humans Only Use 10% Of Their Brains”
Some humans do, sure, but every part of our brain has a distinct function. We can’t use it all at once, but we use all of it at some point or another.



“Don’t Have Sex Before The Big Game”
Well, not literally right before the game. Having sex the night before can increase your testosterone levels, which will in turn increase your performance on the pitch, though. Not in bed, we can’t do anything about that.



“Alcohol Kills Brain Cells”
Well, it doesn’t actually kill them. It simply slows them down. Prolonged alcoholism can slow your neurons down almost permanently, while occasional use of alcohol will allow your neurons to repair and heal just fine.

“Chocolate Causes Acne”
This isn’t true, so there’s no reason for you to not have chocolate. Well, apart from that fact that we just told you that sugar makes you fat. But it won’t ruin your skin!



“Vaccines Cause Autism”
I can’t believe I actually have to say this, but autism causes autism. Vaccines don’t. All vaccines do is make you immune to disease. Like Superman.