5 Weirdest Myths

Tuesday, 26 Oct 2010 03:45 PM

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Myths never fail to fascinate us. From ancient times to the modern era, myths have remained an integral part of our daily lives. Here are some of the weirdest myths:
 
An apple fell on Newton’s head while he was sitting under an apple tree.
The famous story that scientist Sir Isaac Newton was under a tree when an apple fell on his head has another twist to it. Many researchers believe that this story is a myth. According to them, the apple never fell. Though it makes a good story, it probably never happened. This myth was first debunked in an essay by Voltaire, long after Newton's death.
 
There is no gravity in space.
We have heard it often, but this is no more than an urban legend. The truth is that there is gravity in space but to a lesser degree. According to scientific data, gravity exists in virtually all areas of space. Satellites launched in space, which orbit around 250 miles above the earth, experience gravity that is only 10 percent lower than that on the surface of the earth.
 
The Great Wall of China is the only manmade structure visible from space.
Let us disprove this popular myth. The Great Wall of China is not the only manmade structure that is visible from outer space. There are many other important structures that can be noticed from outer space, such as the pyramids in Giza and even some airport runways. It’s said that astronauts can spot the Great Wall from a low orbit, but they can’t see it from the Moon.
 
Animals can predict natural disasters.
The belief that animals possess a mysterious sixth sense, which allows them to predict natural disasters, is another myth that has existed for a long time. Though animals have keen senses, the claim that they can predict natural disasters in advance has not been proven. It still remains one of the weirdest myths.

Eating chocolate can cause acne.
This myth is especially common among young people. This weird myth carries little logic, and even medical research has proven that there is no connection between eating chocolate and getting acne.

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