There are facts, there are people who spread those facts, and then there are idiots who fuck with these facts and bring about very stupid ideas. They can come in the form of old wives' tales, but then again some aren't, and these are just a few that I hear quite often.
5: Vaccines cause autism
No, they don't, and if you're not going to give your child vaccines because you think that then god damn you don't deserve a kid. There is this website which answers the question: How do vaccines cause autism?
4: Fat-Free won't make you fat
Fat is very convenient for your taste buds, and a lot of foods contain fat. Of course, there are people who for some reason or another can't/won't eat fat so there are substitutes. These substitutes tend to be higher in caloric content because of the sugar that is added in order to add good taste. Also people tend to eat more to compensate because, well, fat is filling, sugar is not.
3: Something without chemicals is good for you
Everything's a chemical. You can't take away chemicals from a fucking tomato because it will cease to exist. This one's spread by ecologic activism enthusiasts who don't have an idea about what they're saying. Yes, there are chemicals that are bad for you, but then again you're a carbon-based lifeform.
2: If the Earth were (x) closer/further from the sun we would freeze/burn to death
This one's plain stupid. I've heard about 10 meters. Better not climb up a mountain, then. Actually, our planet shifts thousands of kilometers all the time and the change is minimal. The distance we need to actually change the temperature must be enormous.
1: We use 10% of our brains
Yeah, we use 10% of our brains like we use 33% of traffic lights at a time. There are human beings who do have the ability to use 100% of their brains at the same time, though. I wouldn't say they're superhuman, there's a bit of everything, some are smarter than others, some are not, but you can tell when they use all of their brain at the same time, because we call that having a seizure.
|Your brain, on seizures. Blue indicates dormant parts and red indicates activity.|