Here, the world’s most contagious myths and misconceptions – debunked.
1. Napoleon was short
A tall tale. At five six, he was actually slightly above average height for a Frenchman of the time.
Just as his military genius has been studied throughout the years, we’ve also been fascinated with the life – and quirks – of the first emperor of France.
2. Don’t eat and swim
This doesn’t increase the risk of cramps; alcohol is the biggest risk increaser. But a full stomach will make you short of breath.
A grumbly tummy can help you make better decisions or improve your sex life, but an empty stomach is not so helpful for shopping or exercise.
3. Salty water boils quicker
Adding a sprinkle of salt to water makes no difference.
It can actually make boiling take longer.
It is important for dishes that need to cook for a long time, that your pot or pan has a good-quality heavy base to distribute the heat evenly. So which pot should you use to cook?