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Here, the world’s most contagious myths and misconceptions – debunked.

11. Water rotation

11. Water rotation
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A flushed toilet does not rotate the other way in the Southern Hemisphere. The Coriolis effect doesn’t alter water in toilets.

12. Einstein failed math

12. Einstein failed math
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Nope. He failed an entrance exam for a school but still excelled in math. Now meet these 8 people who are smarter than the great man himself.

13. Humans and dinosaurs

13. Humans and dinosaurs
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Despite the famous stat going around that 41 per cent of American adults believe dinosaurs and humans coexisted, we actually missed each other by 64 million years.

Here, the world’s most contagious myths and misconceptions – debunked.

14. Black holes

14. Black holes
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Not really “holes,” but rather hugely dense objects with massive gravitational pull. Here are 15 more scientific mysteries that the world’s boffins still can’t figure out.

15. We have only five senses

15. We have only five senses
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Some scientists insist on 21, including balance, pain and temperature.

16. Vaccines cause autism

16. Vaccines cause autism
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Groundless fears based on fraudulent research that’s been shown to have been manipulated.

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Here, the world’s most contagious myths and misconceptions – debunked.

17. Don’t touch baby birds

17. Don’t touch baby birds
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Most birds have a limited sense of smell, so they won’t abandon babies who “smell” of humans.

18. Alcohol kills brain cells

18. Alcohol kills brain cells
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Even in heavy users and alcoholics, brain cells aren’t killed, only damaged.

19. Missing-persons report

19. Missing-persons report
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Police don’t require a 24-hour waiting period before accepting a missing-persons report.

Here, the world’s most contagious myths and misconceptions – debunked.

20. Different tongue parts

20. Different tongue parts
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There are not different sections of the tongue for each taste: bitter, sour, salt, sweet and umami (savoury/meaty).

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