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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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30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

30 Brilliant Camping Hacks I Wish I Knew Earlier

Ah, camping. The great outdoors, the campfires, the food you’d never eat in civilised society: it’s a wonderful experience.

That said, things can get a little bit tricky when we are left to the mercy of Mother Nature. Here are 30 fantastic camping hacks you can use to make your camping experience as wonderful as possible!

 1. Use sage to repel mosquitoes.

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    Place some sage in your campfire and the smell is sure to ward off any pesky mosquitos.

    2. Liquid soap + cotton balls = no ticks.

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      If you or one of your fellow campers is having trouble with a tick, place the soap-soaked cotton on the tick for 20 seconds. The tick will eventually stop chewing and will come away with the cotton ball. If the tick was attached for a lengthy amount of time you may want to consider keeping it in a container so that you can test it for Lyme disease later.

      3. Use an acorn cap as a whistle if you get lost.

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        It’s remarkably easy to get lost whilst camping. Here’s a full tutorial on how you can transform an acorn into a whistle!

        4. Corn chips for kindling!

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          Doritos are a great way to start a fire, just be careful!

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          5. Use the rest of the chips for nachos.

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            Nachos are easy to pack, light and simple to make. Plus they’re incredibly tasty.

            6. Use compact, microfibre towels!

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              These towels are incredibly easy to store and dry within an hour of use. Buy them here.

              7. Wrap duct-tape around your water bottle for emergencies.

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                You never know when you might need some.

                8. Make lamps out of jars and solar disks.

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                  Get all the info you need here.

                  9. Sangria!

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                    We know what’s really important. How to here!

                    10. One water bottle will hold eight eggs.

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                      By keeping all your eggs in a bottle you save time and hassle. Plus, no need to carry extra bowls or a whisk!

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                      11. Johnson’s Baby Creamy Oil is a surprisingly good mosquito repellent.

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                        Keep the bugs and the bug repellent smell at bay.

                        12. DIY shower.

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                          All you need is a watering can and a large jug. Here’s the full instructions.

                          13. Keep sandpaper handy to light matches.

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                            Glueing some sandpaper to the lid of a tupperware box where you can also store matches is a foolproof plan.

                            14. Make s’moreos easily.

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                              15. MarshJell-o shots.

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                                Learn how to make these delicious things here!

                                16. Or dip those marshmallows in Bailey’s. 
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                                  Toast the marshmallow first and then dip it in Bailey’s.

                                  17. Turn a bottle into a spoon.

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                                    It’s that easy!

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                                    18. Grits repel ants.

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                                      Just sprinkle grits wherever you see ants.

                                      19. Deodorant can be used to combat itchiness.

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                                        20. Wrap your meat in cabbage to stop it from burning.

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                                          That’s not an innuendo, it really will! The moistness in the cabbage creates the perfect barrier.

                                          21. Foam noodles will stop any injuries.

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                                            For any fellow clumsy people, you know how possible it is to smack your head and cause serious injury. Placing a foam noodle on the awning strut narrows down at least one accident waiting to happen.

                                            22. Carry some essentials in a small tin with you at all times.

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                                              You never know what you’ll need and when.

                                              23. Take toothpaste dots instead of a whole tube.

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                                                Let the drops dry out over 3 days, add a little baking soda and put them in a resealable bag.

                                                24. Use a stick to secure your tent.

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                                                  By placing a stick in the main centre line you ensure the pressure is even throughout, which will stop the grommets being pulled out.

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                                                  25. Vacuum seal your food before you leave.

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                                                    26. Popcorn on the campfire.

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                                                      Popcorn that you can place on the stove at home can also be popped over a campfire. You can also make your own using this tutorial.

                                                      27. You can even make bacon and eggs over it.

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                                                        That’s right! Full instructions here.

                                                        28. Keep your toiletries handy.

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                                                          Buy this magnificent contraption here.

                                                          29. Compact, unbreakable cups!

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                                                            Get them while you can!

                                                            30. Tic-Tac boxes are great for storing ingredients.

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                                                              With these 30 camping tips and tricks, you can work DIY magic into nearly every aspect of camping, and make your next camping trip a comfortable, easy blast. Good luck!

                                                              Featured photo credit: Unsplash via unsplash.com

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