5 Ridiculous Animal Myths That You Probably Believe

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5 Ridiculous Animal Myths That You Probably Believe

Jul!a Jul!a
"Somewhere, right now, an adult is quoting an interesting animal "fact" that he actually learned from an old cartoon. Or from some other equally unreliable source. This is why sayings like "blind as a bat" persist even though bats can in fact see (tip: try substituting the more accurate phrase, "Blind as a man with two assholes in his face instead of eyes").

Anyway, as we've pointed out before, animals are one of those subjects particularly vulnerable to laughable misconceptions. Which is why even today you can hear somebody say ..."

From the old one about picking up baby birds to cutting an earthworm in half to get two worms, I was definitely a believer of these myths when I was younger, so this was a really interesting read for me How about any of you? Any other "myths" like these you all believed?
11/07/2011
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ToyTimeTim ToyTimeTim
I heard these as a kid too, believed most of them as well. The bird deal I seen proved wrong when I was 16 or so, we found one below a nest and put it back in. The mother had no issues. We find peanut butter works better than cheese so that works. Myth Busters did a show on the bull, "Busted" as they say.
11/07/2011
Kynky Kytty Kynky Kytty
In French, we're not blind as bats, but short-sighted as a mole. It feels more accurate.
11/07/2011
Ansley Ansley
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Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
I heard these as a kid too, believed most of them as well. The bird deal I seen proved wrong when I was 16 or so, we found one below a nest and put it back in. The mother had no issues. We find peanut butter works better than cheese so that works. ...
That Mythbusters episode with the bull really ticks me off. And you wanna know why? Because the shelves are a bazillion miles apart. Have they ever been into a China shop? You can't move without coming within milimeters of knocking something off the shelf or toppling it completely.

Hmph. *jumps off soap box* I do love that show in general, though.

I remember my grandparents and my dad telling me watermelons would grow in my tummy if I ate watermelon seeds. I think it was an excuse to turn it into a spitting contest.
11/07/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by ToyTimeTim
I heard these as a kid too, believed most of them as well. The bird deal I seen proved wrong when I was 16 or so, we found one below a nest and put it back in. The mother had no issues. We find peanut butter works better than cheese so that works. ...
We found the same thing with the peanut butter.
11/07/2011
Jul!a Jul!a
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Originally posted by Ansley
That Mythbusters episode with the bull really ticks me off. And you wanna know why? Because the shelves are a bazillion miles apart. Have they ever been into a China shop? You can't move without coming within milimeters of knocking something off ...
I, too, have a soap box rant about Mythbusters while still generally loving the show. They did one on Christmas trees and lighting on fire from lights being left on too long, but they only used real trees. Many of the older (I have no real experience with newer ones) fake trees are plastic. Ever light a straw on fire? What happens to it? It drips liquid fire everywhere. I haven't lit a fake tree on fire and wouldn't expect quite that to happen specifically, but I know that they're going to burn differently than real trees and it bothered me that Mythbusters didn't test the fake trees too.

*jumping off soap box now*
11/07/2011
Errant Venture Errant Venture
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Originally posted by Kynky Kytty
In French, we're not blind as bats, but short-sighted as a mole. It feels more accurate.
Indeed. To the best of my knowledge, there isn't a single bat species that is blind.

Thanks for the article! Some I knew of in detail, and others I was vaguely aware of, but didn't know the ins and outs of it, so it's nice to learn something new.
11/08/2011
Love Perpetua Love Perpetua
I definitely believed the worm thing! That was a cool article, thanks for sharing!
11/09/2011
Angelica Angelica
The worm thing is half true, some worms do regenerate. An example is the Planarian worm. If cut in half, two individuals are created. Just not true for earthworms and definitely not as ridiculous of a claim as they make it out to be.
11/09/2011
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