Top 10 Stupidest Things People Actually Believe

Is there anything silly you've ever believed, only to learn later in life that it's not true? For example, I was in my thirties before I discovered that it is not illegal to have the dome light on in your car when driving.

Someone recently asked the internet, “What is the dumbest thing people actually thought was real?” Here are the top-voted responses.

The Earth Is Flat

Sasparillafizz explained, “It's not about right or wrong. It's about them knowing something everyone else doesn't. They're gatekeepers and important because they're ‘the ones in the know. If it weren't that the earth is flat, it'd be some other conspiracy.”

Drug Dealers

“The constant rumor that drug dealers will give them to kids for free. D.A.R.E. and Nancy Reagan made me believe that I would be approached by drug dealers with free samples more frequently than has happened,” admitted one user.

FreedomTuesday80 shared, “I feel this so much!! I was born in 1980 and had extensive abdominal surgery performed on me without the use of anesthesia or pain control. As a result, I also live with treatment-resistant depression, severe anxiety, PTSD, and hate being touched.”

Babies Don't Feel Pain

Marilyn Manson

“Marilyn Manson got ribs removed so he could perform you know what on himself” is one of the dumbest things many people believed growing up. I heard that rumor. Followed by this one, “Marilyn Manson was Paul on The Wonder Years.”

One user shared, “My grandma fell for this scam. I think it was Safeway Gift Cards or something. They said if she didn't take care of it right away, they would have to send the police to her house, and she couldn't get ahold of my mother or me to ask, so she just went and did it."

Gift Card Scams

MLMs Are Small Businesses

Leigh257 gave the third top-voted response, “MLMs are small businesses and not pyramid schemes where there's little to no chance of making/not losing money.” Many commented about intelligence not being a factor in being pulled into this scam.

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