This myth can be attributed to Hollywood and its often wrongful depiction of the law. It’s true that homeowners have what’s called “a reasonable expectation of privacy”, as is stated in the 4th amendment of the Constitution. However…
These are exceptions known as “exceptions to the warrant requirement.” This includes situations where a suspect is fleeing in your building, seizing and searching for items that can be seen in plain sight, and if the evidence is about to be destroyed.
Every Person Has a Unique Fingerprint
We believe that every person is born with a unique fingerprint. Unfortunately, many forensic cases ended up in wrongful convictions when fingerprints were used as the main evidence in the prosecution.
While the odds are very low that someone will have exactly the same fingerprint as yours, this can and has happened. This is why it’s extremely important to have cross-supporting evidence in criminal cases, as just relying on a single point of data is often not enough in these cases.
Sitting Too Close to the TV Hurts Your Eyesight
You can finally, confidently, tell your parents to relax. What actually damages eyesight is staring at a screen without blinking or looking around for long periods at a time.
Doing so causes your eyes to become dry, which can eventually damage your eyesight. So, distance doesn't really matter. But be sure to take breaks from looking at your screen.
The Egyptian Pyramids Were Built by Israelites
The story goes that the Israelites built the great Egyptian pyramids before the pharaoh set them free (you know, 'Let my people go').
However, the Bible's account is that they built cities named Pitom and Ramses. Also, documentations from ancient Egypt don't mention the builders to be Israelites specifically, but refers to them as soldiers or slaves.
You Save Water by Washing Dishes
We all try and do our best to save water, whether the motivation comes from saving the planet, or just trying to save a few dollars at the end of the month. There’s a popular myth that hand-washing your dishes is more cost-effective in terms of water usage than using a dishwasher.
Well, in fact, our average dishwasher will use around seven liters of water in a full dish-cleaning run. On the other hand, washing your dishes manually could cost up to 40 liters. This is due to the effective use of water in dishwashers, which recycle the water and use it strategically. If you switch from manually washing your dishes using a dishwasher, you could potentially save over 9,000 liters of water annually.