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50 Infamous Myths and Legends From All Over the World

1Elasmotherium

Elasmotherium, an extinct genus of rhinoceros is thought to be the origin of unicorn myths and legends. - Source


2. People started flipping one cigarette upside down in their packs because of a myth that early 'Lucky Strikes' contained marijuana.


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3. NASA Mission Control acknowledged a thousand-year-old Chinese myth when it asked the Apollo 11 crew to keep an eye out for a beautiful Chinese girl named Chang-O who lived on the moon and a large rabbit standing in the shade of a cinnamon tree. - Source


4. The holiday suicide myth supports misinformation about suicide that might ultimately hamper prevention efforts. The idea that suicide rates increase during the holiday season is a myth perpetuated by the media. In fact, suicide rates are the lowest in December. - Source


5. Despite the popular myth, urine isn't actually sterile. - Source


6Lilith

There is a Jewish myth, according to which Eve was Adam's second wife. His first wife was supposedly Lilith according to it. - Source


7. In the greeks myths, there was the Unknown God, a placeholder for those Gods yet unknown to the ancient Greeks. - Source


8. The "Sugar Rush" is a myth, and the hyperactivity you feel after ingesting sugar is just a placebo. - Source


9. A room known as ‘Room 641A’ in the AT&T telecommunications backbone houses beamsplitters capable of monitoring all the internet traffic in the US. It was largely thought to be a myth until PRISM (NSA surveillance program) revealed its existence in 2007. - Source


10. Virtually all Middle Ages scholars believed that the Earth is spherical. The myth that people in the Middle Ages thought the earth is flat appears to date from the 17th century as part of the campaign by Protestants against Catholic teaching.


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11Neil Armstrong

There was a popular myth in many middle-eastern countries that Neil Armstrong had converted to Islam upon hearing the call to prayer on the moon, going as far to require U.S. State Department to issue a denial. - Source


12. Prior to 1999, the mythical American Express Black Card was just a myth. The myth became so pervasive that AmEx decided to capitalize on it and actually make a black, ultra-exclusive credit card. - Source


13. The myth of superabundance is a belief that no matter how much natural resources the humanity uses, the planet will continuously replenish the supply. - Source


14. The myth that carrots improve night vision was started on purpose by the Brits during World War 2 to explain for why German planes kept getting shot down at night by British pilots. Ministry of Information informed newspapers that British pilots were eating a lot of carrots which improved their vision. In reality, radar had just been invented. - Source


15. During the temperance and Prohibition movements, it was a commonly believed myth that alcohol abuse could lead to spontaneous combustion.


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16Chevy Nova

The Chevy Nova actually sold well in Latin countries and poor sales stories due to the "No Va"/"No Go" translation is just an urban myth. - Source


17. Rabbits shouldn't regularly eat carrots or lettuce. It is a myth perpetuated by cartoons that these foods are part of their natural diets. - Source


18. The idea of "slow metabolism" causing obesity is a myth. It is "innate laziness" or lower levels of Non-Exercise Activity Thermogenesis (NEAT) that causes weight gain. - Source


19. According to the Hawaiian creation myth, our universe comes from the wreckage of another earlier universe and that the only creatures that survived from that alien universe are octopuses. - Source


20. It has been theorized that the myth of the Cyclops came about when Greeks discovered dwarf elephant skulls and misinterpreted the trunk cavity as a single eye socket. - Source


21Hainuwele

Hainuwele is a mythical Indonesian girl who legend says magically defecated valuable objects before she was buried alive. - Source


22. In Japan, people fear a mythical creature named the Ashiaraiyashiki. It is a giant, unwashed foot that appears before you and demands to be washed. It is said that if you don't wash it, it will rampage through your house until satisfied. - Source


23. There is a Scottish myth involving a giant black cat fairy known as "Cat Sith". It was believed that Cat Sith would steal dead people's souls before the Gods could get them. - Source


24. The Disney company created the myth of Lemming suicide, in the documentary "White Wilderness". In reality, they were pushing them off the cliffs for the footage. - Source


25. Arab traders in the 13th century created and perpetuated the myth that pepper cultivated in India was “guarded” by snakes to maintain their monopoly, keep their source a secret and inflate its price. - Source

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