Busting Common Myths:

Separating Fact From Fiction on 8 Popular Beliefs

Myths, aside from being false, are so persistent that they almost never die. So, it's not shocking that myths persist in popular beliefs despite repeated attempts to disprove them.

This made one Reddit user wonder, “What are the most annoying myths people still hold to?”

There are so many dos and don'ts surrounding pregnancy which one Redditor describes as ridiculous. The worst one, they said, was being told not to raise their arms over their head when pregnant, so the baby doesn't get tangled in the umbilical cord.

The Pregnancy Myth

One user mentioned how many folks believe that an undercover cop has to tell you they're a cop if you ask them. But it defeats the purpose of an undercover investigation.

The Cop Myth

Another Redditor illustrates why it's dangerous for an undercover cop to reveal himself: “Imagine an undercover cop investigating a crew of violent criminals, and one of them asks, hey, are you a cop? He’s forced to reply with the truth, knowing they will surely murder him.”

As a child, your parents likely told you that if you touch a baby bird, its mother will abandon it because of your human smell.

The Bird Myth

One Redditor brought the bird myth up and explained that while birds actually have a very poor sense of smell, except for vultures, “smelling” a human on their baby chick won't make a bird abandon them, as far as they are aware.

Redditor ArtObjective614 pointed out that waiting 24 hours to file a missing person’s report is a myth. Someone else agreed, saying the exact opposite should be the case because the first 24 hours are the most important.

Waiting 24 Hours Myth

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