10 lies your parents told you as a child you still believe today

1.Sitting too close to the TV will ruin your eyesight

Not only is this not true, but it just so happens that children are better at focusing at up-close objects than adults. So…old people in the back. Beware, however, that sitting close to the TV may be an indication of nearsightedness.

2.Looking inside the microwave while it’s running will deform your future babies

Unless your “Science Oven” has a leak in it, you, your future babies and your frozen Michelina’s should be A OK.

3.Eating carrots will give you night vision

This one’s not all fiction, but it’s not exactly an “if one than the other” situation. The fact is that vitamin A promotes good eye health, and carrots contain beta-carotene, which the body converts to Vitamin A. So, while it won’t increase your visual acuity (at night or during the day), and there are plenty of other foods that deliver Vitamin A (eggs, milk, sweet potato), it’s still the best reason we can think of for you and your kids to finish those carrots. All of them.

4.If you swallow your gum, it will stay in your stomach for seven years

Okay, if you somehow swallow several packs of gum every single day, that might lead to some health consequences – there’s a teeny, tiny, miniscule risk that all that gum will stick to each other and potentially cause a blockage. However, the idea that swallowed gum will stay in your system for seven years, or that it can’t be digested whatsoever, is ridiculous. Your stomach is a pit of acid that digests most things it encounters. The only real reason your parents told you that swallowing gum would leave you with gum in your gut for years to come is because they were worried you’d choke on that gum if you tried to swallow it.

5.You can’t go swimming for 30 minutes after eating

There’s no doubt that water is a danger for kids at any time, but eating does not exacerbate that danger. A better reason for them to wait to go in the pool after dinner: dishes.

6.Cracking your knuckles will give you arthritis.

Is it annoying to hear tiny child bones repeatedly sucking and popping in and out of their lubricated joints? Undoubtedly, yes. But will it result in permanent damage? No, so long as it doesn’t cause pain.

7.Reading in the dark will damage your eyes

Adults will say anything when it’s time to get their kids to bed. And he may give himself a headache (and you a headache too when he’s less than pleasant the next morning), but reading in insufficient light does not damage eye sight.

8.Every grain of rice left in your bowl is a year of bad luck

Patience is a good thing. Not wasting food is a good thing. Believing the future of your happiness depends on few small bits of starch on the bottom of your bowl is maybe not a good thing.

9.If you eat that watermelon seed, a tree will grow in your stomach

This one is almost true, only, it forgot one crucial step: you have to poop out the seed for the tree to grow. Unless you live in a Skittles commercial.

10.If you sneeze with your eyes open, they might fall out

Sneezes are mysterious things. Do they hurt? Do they feel good? We don’t know, and so it makes sense that we make stuff up about them. Most people naturally close their eyes when they sneeze, but if you hold them open, even though the blood pressure behind your eyes is technically elevated, your eyes will absolutely not pop out of your head.

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