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9 Myths of the 21st Century We Should Get Rid Of

9  Myths of the 21st Century We Should Get Rid Of

Joseph Goebbels, the Nazi Minister of Propaganda, said that a lie repeated often enough becomes truth. And it is the only thing anyone in their right mind would agree with him about. It is amazing the crazy things that people are ready to believe in simply because they heard them many times; in this article we will take a look at 9 such myths.

1.     Humans Only Use 10% of Their Brains

Beliefs tend to persist based on how interesting rather than how correct they are. And in this respect, this one is a champion. No one knows who started it, but it probably originates from the fact that parts of the brain can be removed without causing any significant harm. However, different areas of the brain are specialized. You use one to discern faces, another to keep you upright and so on. There is actually no way to use the entire brain for a single task.

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2.     Thomas Edison Invented the Light Bulb

We are used to thinking about Edison as a lone creator who made 10,000 attempts before succeeding in creating a light bulb. In reality, he had a 14-man team behind him who created several hundred patents, one of which was the light bulb. Edison’s name was more of a trademark than the name of the inventor.

3.     The Great Wall of China is the Only Man-Made Structure Visible from Space

It is wrong in several ways. Firstly, the Great Wall is not seen all that well – at least to an unaided eye from low-Earth orbit. Secondly, there is a number of other man-made structures that are, in fact, seen better, for example, the pyramids of Giza.

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4.     Hair Grows Quicker in Zero Gravity

It is hard to say anything meaningful about this weird idea – it is just not true. Gravity doesn’t play any role in hair growth, so it continues to grow with the same speed in space.

5.     Sport Supplements Make You Pimply and Stupid

Name a horrible teenage problem, and it will be attributed to steroids. Decreased mental capacity, pimples, stunted growth – whatever you like. In reality, the truth about steroids is much more complicated. Some of these statements are completely false; others are greatly exaggerated. In a word, there is no proved connection between sport supplements and any of these consequences.

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6.     You Can Kill a Virus

No you can’t, for the simple reason that virus isn’t alive per se. You can disrupt its reproduction cycle, you can put it to sleep, but  you can’t kill it.

7.     Seasons Caused by the Distance from the Sun

Distance from the Sun has very little effect on seasonal changes. In fact, the Earth is somewhat warmer when furthest from the Sun. This should be pretty obvious, really, for there is summer in northern hemisphere when there is winter in southern one and vice versa.

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8.     One False Move and a Particle Accelerator Will Kill Us All

This was a big one back in 2008 when the Large Hadron Collider was about to be launched and doomsayers were sure that a black hole would destroy the Earth as a result. Just tell it to a physicist and listen to him laugh.

9.     Smoking Will Definitely Cause Cancer

We all know that smoking can cause cancer and have been told this from early childhood. But if it were 100% true that smoking always causes cancer, there wouldn’t be as many old people who have been smoking like chimneys for their entire life but don’t suffer any ill effects from it. Why is cancer so selective? Nobody knows.  In addition to that, one can greatly decrease even the proved health risks by using alternative variants of smoking, such as vaporizers.

Knowledge is the best vaccine against myths. Next time you hear one of these, you will know them for what they are.

Featured photo credit: Myths of the Norsemen/Simon Crubellier via flickr.com

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5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

5 Fixes For Common Sleep Issues All Couples Deal With

Sleeping next to your partner can be a satisfying experience and is typically seen as the mark of a stable, healthy home life. However, many more people struggle to share a bed with their partner than typically let on. Sleeping beside someone can decrease your sleep quality which negatively affects your life. Maybe you are light sleepers and you wake each other up throughout the night. Maybe one has a loud snoring habit that’s keeping the other awake. Maybe one is always crawling into bed in the early hours of the morning while the other likes to go to bed at 10 p.m.

You don’t have to feel ashamed of finding it difficult to sleep with your partner and you also don’t have to give up entirely on it. Common problems can be addressed with simple solutions such as an additional pillow. Here are five fixes for common sleep issues that couples deal with.

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1. Use a bigger mattress to sleep through movement

It can be difficult to sleep through your partner’s tossing and turning all night, particularly if they have to get in and out of bed. Waking up multiple times in one night can leave you frustrated and exhausted. The solution may be a switch to a bigger mattress or a mattress that minimizes movement.

Look for a mattress that allows enough space so that your partner can move around without impacting you or consider a mattress made for two sleepers like the Sleep Number bed.[1] This bed allows each person to choose their own firmness level. It also minimizes any disturbances their partner might feel. A foam mattress like the kind featured in advertisements where someone jumps on a bed with an unspilled glass of wine will help minimize the impact of your partner’s movements.[2]

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2. Communicate about scheduling conflicts

If one of you is a night owl and the other an early riser, bedtime can become a source of conflict. It’s hard for a light sleeper to be jostled by their partner coming to bed four hours after them. Talk to your partner about negotiating some compromises. If you’re finding it difficult to agree on a bedtime, negotiate with your partner. Don’t come to bed before or after a certain time, giving the early bird a chance to fully fall asleep before the other comes in. Consider giving the night owl an eye mask to allow them to stay in bed while their partner gets up to start the day.

3. Don’t bring your technology to bed

If one partner likes bringing devices to bed and the other partner doesn’t, there’s very little compromise to be found. Science is pretty unanimous on the fact that screens can cause harm to a healthy sleeper. Both partners should agree on a time to keep technology out of the bedroom or turn screens off. This will prevent both partners from having their sleep interrupted and can help you power down after a long day.

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4. White noise and changing positions can silence snoring

A snoring partner can be one of the most difficult things to sleep through. Snoring tends to be position-specific so many doctors recommend switching positions to stop the snoring. Rather than sleeping on your back doctors recommend turning onto your side. Changing positions can cut down on noise and breathing difficulties for any snorer. Using a white noise fan, or sound machine can also help soften the impact of loud snoring and keep both partners undisturbed.

5. Use two blankets if one’s a blanket hog

If you’ve got a blanket hog in your bed don’t fight it, get another blanket. This solution fixes any issues between two partners and their comforter. There’s no rule that you have to sleep under the same blanket. Separate covers can also cut down on tossing and turning making it a multi-useful adaptation.

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Rather than giving up entirely on sharing a bed with your partner, try one of these techniques to improve your sleeping habits. Sleeping in separate beds can be a normal part of a healthy home life, but compromise can go a long way toward creating harmony in a shared bed.

Featured photo credit: Becca Tapert via unsplash.com

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