Over the years, humans have tried to amuse themselves and create stories that while seeming helpful and educating, were really nothing more than entertaining bits of folklore. Here are some very popular myths that when the facts are given a closer look, are very easily debunked by myth busters.
Santa Claus was totally a creation by Coca-Cola
Yes, it is true that Santa Clause is in fact now and has been for a while a spokes-character for Coca-Cola, he was not a fabrication concocted exclusively for the soft drink company. Although many factors paint the picture that he in fact was, the truth is that old St. Nicholas came to his own long before his first appearance in a Coca-Cola ad.
His classic red and white outfit (that conveniently matches the Coke colors) actually happened to be a happy coincidence. His first appearance within a Coke advertisement was in 1931 around Christmas time (duh), and pictured him on his busiest night of the year confused by a late night refreshments table that did not feature any milk and cookies at all, but rather a lone glass bottle of Coke and a note that read “Dear Santa, please pause here. – Jimmy”.
That image of Santa in his trademark red and white fur suit and beard was in 1931, but Santa was featured in images actually long before that in that same costume and bearded look. St. Nicholas was featured in several publications and magazines long before Coke featured him in ads such as the Saturday Evening Post, inside of children’s bed time stories, and other Christmas related books for children.
There are still dinosaurs deep within the jungles of the African Congo
This may not be the most famous of all the myths to be proven false today, but it definitely is an eye opener. For many years, it was rumoured that deep within a certain part of the thick and unexplored Congo jungle in Africa, that there are still dinosaurs running around and in existence.
As much as we want to believe this myth, it is untrue. Scientists and locals alike have explored every which way of the Congo and have not discovered any kind of Jurassic Park anywhere on the continent. As much as we would love to believe that we could add dinosaurs to our list of spotted creatures during our next safari, I’m afraid we’ll have to wait until science can bring them back artificially.
I can’t eat before I get into the pool or I’ll get sick and cramp
Many a mother has en grained this thought into our minds and even as adults, we wonder if we really will get sick or feel cramping if we swim within 20 minutes of eating a meal (I was raised to believe I had to wait an hour).
This is certainly an entertaining old wives tale, but myth busters have proven that swimming immediately after eating is in fact unrelated to cramping. Medical experts and services have come out to address the myth by enforcing that it is in fact untrue. Sorry mom.
The Loch Ness monster is a lingering dinosaur
When it comes to myths, how can you not want to talk about the Loch Ness Monster? Ever since the early 1930s, hoax after hoax has been brought up, believed, and then dismissed, with onlookers biting onto every single story. Of all the myths that have existed over the years, the myth of the Monster living in Loch Ness is the strongest.
The truth of the matter is that there has not been any real substantial evidence to validate the existence of Nessie living within those waters. Many believers paint the picture that Nessie is in fact a survivor of the dinosaurs and escaped under water in a deep submerged cave and has lived on through the years. As entertaining as it is to look at all the blurred pictures and questionable images, scientists have yet to come out with information that would validate the existence of a resident living within the Loch Ness waters.
I’ll just have my friend pee on me if I ever get stung by jellyfish
Many of us don’t have any formal training when it comes to outdoor survival skills, but what we all do know for one reason or another is that if our friend gets stung by a jellyfish, the answer is that urine must be applied.
The truth of the matter is that when a jellyfish stings you, they are sending their sting buds into you and it is their opening up of the sting buds that releases the toxins that produce the horrible pain that is felt. By peeing on it, you actually have potential to make the pain worse because the urine does not contain enough salt water to neutralise the buds, but can actually open up some otherwise dormant sting buds and have them release even more toxins.
Next time your friend gets stung by a jellyfish, we suggest using sea water to rinse the affected area. Don’t pee on them, use that time instead to run and get help for your friend.