21 Common Misconceptions That Are Widely Accepted as True

Navigating through today’s world, it’s easy to stumble upon accepted ‘truths’ that, frankly, are anything but. Let’s dive into some of these widely believed yet misleading statements and see them for what they really are.

Your Call Is Important To Us

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According to Salesforce Research, 89% of consumers are more likely to make another purchase after a positive customer service experience so why is calling customer service usually a bad experience? The classic “due to unusually high call volumes” line is comically paradoxical. It’s like saying, “We value you so much that we didn’t bother hiring enough staff to talk to you.”

Number 14 Will Shock You!

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The timeless art of clickbait. You know it’s a trap, yet you click, hoping this time it’s different. But let’s be real, it’s as shocking as finding out water is wet. These headlines are the digital equivalent of “I’ve got a secret, but I can’t tell you.” Spoiler alert: number 14 is never that shocking.

Small Animals Have No Intelligence

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The idea that small animals are just cute but brainless is arguably one of the most underestimated lies out there. According to Gwendolen Reyes-Illg, DVM, MA, and veterinary advisor to the Farm Animal Program at the Animal Welfare Institute (AWI), “There’s absolutely no doubt that farm animals feel pain in a way that’s very similar to humans.”

Tear Here To Open (On Packaging)

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Ever tried opening a packet at the ‘tear here’ line? It’s like trying to solve a Rubik’s cube blindfolded. This line is the packaging world’s longest-running joke. You’re more likely to tear a muscle than the actual package.

Everyone Gets A Happy Ending

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This might be the biggest fairy tale of them all. Real life isn’t a Hollywood movie where everything ties up neatly in the end. Sometimes, you do everything right and still don’t get the ending you hoped for. It’s like playing a game of Monopoly – sometimes, you just land on ‘Go to Jail’ over and over.

We Use Only 10% Of Our Brain

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The 10% brain usage myth is the neuroscience equivalent of saying you only use one corner of your house. In reality, we use all parts of our brain, just not all at once. “Even people with degenerative neural disorders such as Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease still use more than 10% of their brains.” (Psychological Science.)

Only Teenagers Get Acne

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If only acne were limited to the teenage years, right? Sadly, it’s like unwanted guests who decide to extend their stay indefinitely. Stress, diet, and a whole array of factors don’t care about your age. Acne isn’t just a teenage rite of passage; sometimes, it’s a lifelong companion.

Mother Birds Won’t Take Their Young Back After People Touch Them

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This is one of those old wives’ tales probably invented to keep kids from turning into bird kidnappers. In reality, most birds don’t have a keen sense of smell. So if you find a fallen chick, feel free to play hero and put it back in the nest.

MLMs Are A Good Source Of Income

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According to Fundera, one in 13 adults have participated in multilevel marketing (MLM). MLMs, or as I like to call them, “Mostly Losing Money” schemes, are about as profitable as betting your life savings on a snail race. The only ones making real money are those at the top of the pyramid, while the rest are left building castles in the air.

Your Entire Income is Taxed at The Higher Rate

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Trying to explain tax brackets to someone who doesn’t get it can be like trying to teach a cat to bark. It’s not that your entire income suddenly gets taxed at a higher rate when you hit a new bracket. It’s just the income over that threshold. But try explaining that at a family dinner without starting World War III.

It Will Be Quicker To Get Gas In The Morning, Before Work

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It’s amusing how we all think we’re beating the system by getting gas early in the morning, only to find everyone else had the same ‘unique’ idea. It turns out, to really beat the crowds, you’d have to get up at a time when even the birds are like, “Nah, too early.”

Other People Can’t Handle Your Truth

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The whole “people can’t handle the truth” narrative is often an excuse for not being considerate. Sure, be honest, but there’s a fine line between being truthful and just being plain rude. It’s like saying, “I’m not rude; I’m just honest!” when in reality, you’re just… rude.

We Value You As An Employee

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This corporate platitude is as genuine as a three-dollar bill. It often translates to, “We value the work you do for less than it’s worth.” It’s like being in a relationship where you do all the giving, and all you get in return is a pat on the back and a pizza party once a year.

You Have To Wait 24 Hours To Report Someone As Missing

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This one is a dangerous myth. Those first 24 hours can be crucial in a missing person’s case and the NYPD’s website says that you don’t need to wait a particular amount of time to pass before you report a missing person.

Waiting to report could mean losing valuable time. It’s better to be safe and report immediately than sorry you waited.

Only 1% Can Beat This Game

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“Only 1% can beat this game” is the carrot on a stick for gamers. It’s a marketing ploy to make you feel like you’re part of some elite gaming group when, in reality, most people just got bored and moved on to something better.

People Have Read The Terms And Conditions

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Honestly, who actually reads the terms and conditions? It’s like signing a contract in a language you don’t understand. You just cross your fingers, hope for the best, and click ‘agree.’ It’s the digital equivalent of crossing the street without looking.

You Eat Eight Spiders In Your Sleep Over The Course Of A Lifetime

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This one’s a classic. The idea that you unknowingly snack on spiders in your sleep is as likely as finding a unicorn in your backyard. It’s a great story to freak out your friends, but in reality, spiders have better things to do than explore human mouths.

I’ll Stop Doing That Tomorrow

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Procrastination’s favorite lie: “I’ll do it tomorrow.” It’s the eternal battle between present self and future self, where future self is always imagined as this highly motivated, super-productive superhero who, incidentally, never actually shows up.

Attractive Women Close To Your Location Want To Chat

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These ads are like fishing lures in the vast ocean of the internet, and you’re the fish. It’s a bait that plays on hope and fantasy, but let’s face it, if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. It’s the digital equivalent of the tooth fairy for adults.

Celebrity-endorsed Products Are Worth Buying

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Just because a celebrity endorses a product doesn’t make it the holy grail of items. It’s more about the paycheck they receive than the product’s quality. It’s like believing a politician’s promises right before an election – take it with a grain of salt.

You Only Have One Soulmate

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The idea of having just one soulmate in a world of billions is like finding a needle in a haystack – on Mars. Realistically, there are multiple people you could be compatible with. It’s less about finding ‘the one’ and more about finding someone whose weirdness matches your weirdness.

Read More: 20 Things We Did When We Were Young That We Regret Now

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It’s easy to say hindsight is 20/20, but what advice would you really give your younger self? Here are 20 things that most people did when they were young that they regret today.

20 Things We Did When We Were Young That We Regret Now

17 Things That Used to Be Highly Respected But Isn’t Anymore

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Many things in the world used to be well-respected before turning into complete jokes for various reasons. An internet survey recently asked people, “What is something that was once highly respected but is now a complete joke?” Here are the top 20 answers:

17 Things That Used to Be Highly Respected But Isn’t Anymore

17 Fairy Tales That Are Now Considered Racist

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While fairy tales weave magical narratives that span generations, many emerge from historical and cultural contexts tinged with biases. Hiding in many of these tales, racial undertones can be found. Let’s look at 17 fairy tales that have deeper implications.

17 Fairy Tales That Are Now Considered Racist

17 Things Society Can No Longer Do Because Gen Z Said So

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Gen Z, our digital-native, trendsetting generation, is making waves in the cultural sea, steering the ship of societal norms in fresh and unexpected directions. As they charter new territories, there are certain practices they’d rather we say goodbye to. Curious? Let’s take a look at 17 things the rest of us can no longer do because Gen Z said so.

17 Things Society Can No Longer Do Because Gen Z Said So

18 Common Traits Found in Adults Who Had Unhappy Childhoods

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Being a parent is a hard job, so even those who are truly trying their best will often miss the mark on creating the best environment for their children. Unfortunately, this means that many of us grow up with far-from-perfect childhoods that affect us into adulthood. Here are 18 common traits found in adults who had unhappy childhoods.

18 Common Traits Found in Adults Who Had Unhappy Childhoods