18 “Facts” from movies that are 100% fake

Lions King lied to us.

Movies and television can be a treasure trove of information.

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For example, I learned that you can not get your hair wet for 48 hours after a permanent from Legally blonde, and that there are no posts on Sunday from kl Harry Potter.

But some of that knowledge – even when it appears in MORE programs and movies – is downright false.

Here are 18 times, TV and movies taught us wrong “facts” and made us look like damn fools:


That the Twinkies could survive the apocalypse.

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In a myth popularized in movies like Zombieland and shows as The Simpsons, Twinkies are said to have so many artificial ingredients that they could last for years.

In fact, their shelf life is 45 days. A classroom in Maine doing an experiment has been holding a Twinkie for decades, and although it has not fallen apart, it has become gray and inedible.

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That people only use 10% of their brain.

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This idea was propagated by the action film Lucy.

Every part of the brain has a function, and even simple tasks use far more than 10% of the brain – scientists have confirmed this with PET and fMRI machines that map brain activity.

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That you can be engulfed in quicksand.


We’ve seen it in shows like Days in our lives and adventure movies like Indiana Jones movies, but it actually has no basis in reality.

Because people are mostly water, they float in quicksand themselves – and although you can definitely get stuck, you will not sink to the point where it pulls your head down. However, it is still dangerous !!

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That mice and rats love cheese.


This has been in SO many movies and TV series, but the above GIF is obviously from Ratatouille.

In fact, they do not like cheese any more than they do any other available food. The myth may come from rats that often chew cheese wheels in people’s cupboards and pantries – but that’s probably just because it was a large amount of food in one place that is easy to get to and sneak around in.

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That if you do not read anyone’s Miranda rights, they could be released.

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While it’s still a great omission not to be read your rights – and will definitely help your case if you go to court – it just means that everything you say before you are read your Miranda rights will not be allowed in court.

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Police are not required to release you if they have other evidence, which is likely if you were arrested.


The urine is sterile.

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You’ve probably heard this feeling in movies like Kampklub and Dodge ball – but it’s actually fake.

Urine is not sterile at all – it has bacteria in it. And you should not drink it unless you absolutely have to to survive – in which case you should drink it immediately after it leaves your body so that it does not attract more bacteria.

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In the same way, it stops peeing on a jellyfish sting.

While it is possible that some parts of the urine (like ammonia) may help, others (like sodium) may make it worse. Seawater would be better, although it also has salt.

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That lightning does not strike the same place twice.

It actually hits the same place often, especially tall things like the Empire State Building.

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That wolf packs have an alpha.


This idea is common in pop culture, even among werewolf movies and shows like Teen Wolf.

They have parents – who are responsible in the same way as human parents – but there is no “alpha” or “beta” or “omega” in wild wolf packs.

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That absinthe can make you hallucinate.

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When I was younger and saw this red Mill scene, I completely thought that if I ever drank absinthe, I would also see a magical green fairy.

Absinthe is like any other high-end drink. It will get you drunk, but it has no hallucinogenic properties – not even then.

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The composition thujon was thought to cause the hallucinations – leading to a ban on absinthe and rules on how much thujon bottles can contain – but researchers eventually discovered that no bottle of absinthe had enough thujon to cause these types of effects.


That piranhas attack humans and are exclusively carnivorous.

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According to horror movies like Piranha 3D, piranhas are deadly, vicious creatures.

In fact, it would take about 300 to 500 piranhas to eat a human, and although there is some evidence that piranhas eat human flesh, it is in cases where the person was already dead. Also, many piranhas are omnivorous and some are even vegetarians.

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And that sharks attack humans unprovoked.

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Thank you for a lifelong unfounded fear of sharks, Jaws.

Humans are not part of sharks’ natural diet and they would prefer to eat something else. Sharks rarely attack humans, and if they do, it can only be because they were curious or confused – studies show that they can mistake humans on surfboards like seals or sea lions.

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That King Tut’s tomb has a curse inscribed that threatens anyone who disturbs it.

There is no such inscription now, and it is unlikely that it ever did. Instead, it appears to have been an allegation invented by journalists or by the excavator Howard Carter to keep people away from the grave. Similar phrases have been used in previous literature on other tombs and tombs, which is probably where they got it from.


That dying elephants go to an “elephant cemetery” to die.

This is nothing but a myth. While skeletons are sometimes found in the same place, it is probably because there was softer vegetation there for older elephants whose teeth were worn down so they moved to the area when they were close to dying or because elephants were gathering around one of the last food sources during a drought or famine when they died.


That Philip Schuyler only had daughters.

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Although this is a recent myth, it was certainly spread as Hamilton (and its filmed version) took the world by storm.

In fact, Philip had 15 children, though only eight survived to become adults – three of the eight were boys.


That it is scientifically unrealistic for bees (and specifically bumble bees) to be able to fly.

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Bee movie is full of LIES!

Of course, comparing them to an airplane does not make sense. But bees are not at all like airplanes – they strike with their wings back and forth, not up and down, creating small vortices that lift the bees up.


That humans, saber-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths were alive at the same time as dinosaurs.

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This idea is quite prevalent in comics like Flintstones and Ice age.

While humans lived at the same time as saber-toothed tigers and woolly mammoths, dinosaurs were long extinct at the time (unless you count their evolutionary descendants, birds).

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And finally, “irresponsible” is not a word. That’s it to a great extent – it just means “whatever”.

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We owe Gretchen off Wild girls an excuse.

What other myths continued by movies you were shocked to discover were false? Tell us in the comments!

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