Dogs are one of the most lovable animals on the planet. Although they are extremely common, they are unfortunately very misunderstood. In this entry, we’ll focus on a common misconception about dogs, relating to their ability to sweat.
Most people believe that dogs sweat through their tongues by panting. Well, although they pant in order to lower their body temperature, they do not sweat through their tongues while doing so. Dogs actually sweat through their paws, as their sweat glands (called ‘merocrine glands’) are on the bottom of their feet. Next time you take your dog on a walk, touch its paws and you’ll see.
You Can See the Great Wall of China From Space
The Great Wall of China is truly a masterpiece unlike any other in the world. Many people do believe that it's so massive that you can see it from space, and this is simply false.
This misconception came about when various sky images of the Great Wall of China began appearing on the web. These, however, were not taken by satellites in space but simply using a zoom lens.
People’s Hair and Nails Continue to Grow Postmortem
One creepy rumor that has been going around for many years now is that a person’s hair and nails actually continue growing after they pass away. In addition to creating quite a disturbing image in our heads, it’s also completely false. It’s not clear where this myth came from, but it’s time that we put it to rest (no pun intended).
When someone passes on, their cells die with them. This means that everything in their body stops reproducing, and growth inevitably ends. However, when someone’s body starts to decay, their skin begins to shrink as it dries, giving it a thinner and bonier look. This might give the impression that a person’s hair and nails grew out, but in reality, they most certainly did not.
Healthy Teeth Are Supposed to Be White
We’ve all seen beautiful Hollywood celebrities flaunt their beautiful, white, perfect teeth, and thought to ourselves, “Why can’t I have such healthy teeth?”. While white teeth tend to look better than yellow teeth, they’re actually not the real sign of dental health.
Teeth are actually stronger and healthier when they have a natural slightly yellowish color. This is because enamel, the tough shell that covers the teeth, is slightly yellow and translucent. As long as your teeth are a very light shade of yellow, that's a great sign they are healthy.
Drinking Milk Promotes Mucus Production
Everyone knows it's bad to drink milk when you're sick. But is it really? The assumption is that drinking dairy-based products while having a cold, will only make your throat more phlegmy.
While dairy is known for thickening your saliva, it will do nothing to increase the amount of mucus in your throat. In fact, frozen dairy products can soothe a sore throat and provide calories you may not be getting otherwise. So grab a pint of Ben & Jerry's and have some fun. You deserve it, you’re sick!