The Myth Buster: Can You Determine Which Of These Myths Are True?

Too much sugar causes hyperactivity

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It's not true. The sugar-hyperactivity myth is based on a single study from the mid 1970's in which a doctor removed the sugar from one child's diet and that child's behavior improved. Researchers found that parents are more likely to say that their kids are overly active when they think they've consumed sugar. In one study, parents were asked to rate their child's hyperactivity after consuming a drink with sugar. Unknown to the parents, the drink was sugar-free, but the parents still rated their child as more hyperactive.

A kitten's mother will reject it if you pick it up
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Cats do not abandon their kittens if you touch them. Most female cats do not like their kittens to be bothered by people and the unfamiliar scent on their kitten may cause them to become agitated. The human scent does not drive a mother cat away from her kittens.

Bananas are perfect for your vocals if you're a singer

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Although bananas are good for nerves, mood, and sustaining energy levels, they're not so kind on your vocals. Bananas can produce extra phlegm or mucus which sits on your vocal cords and leads to an unclear tone. The actual texture of a banana is thick, which can sit on your vocal cords.

Lack of sleep results in hair loss

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Insufficient amounts of sleep have been shown to have significant negative consequences on the body, which can lead directly and indirectly to conditions of hair loss and thinning hair. The lack of sleep can result in higher levels of stress which is shown to cause hair loss.

Shaving body hair makes it grow back thicker
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No — shaving hair doesn't change its thickness, color or rate of growth. Shaving facial or body hair gives the hair a blunt tip. The tip might feel coarse or "stubbly" for a time as it grows out. During this phase, the hair might be more noticeable and perhaps appear darker or thicker — but it's not.

Bulls get angry when they see red
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The color red does not make bulls angry. In fact, bulls are partially color blind compared to healthy humans, so that they cannot see red.

Bats are blind

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Bats are not blind. Bats have small eyes with very sensitive vision, which helps them see in conditions we might consider pitch black. They don't have the sharp and colorful vision humans have, but they don't need that.

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