The birth place of a myth is the human mind. It can conjure up ideas, offer no proof and repeat its fantasies causing whatever it thinks to be perceived as the truth. I am sure that the Myth of the Loch Ness Monster started out as a whopping fishing tale hundreds of years ago.
Or the belief that Florida is flat.
Myth Busted!! Not all things in Florida are flat.
Other myths that were busted;
1. Lightening does not strike the same place twice. Actually lightening likes certain places especially high ones. The Empire State building is struck 25 times a year.
2. It takes 7 years to digest gum. While it may prove a bit more difficult to break down than organic foodstuffs, chewing gum gets no special treatment from the digestive system. Doctors figure this old wives' tale was invented to prevent kids from swallowing the rubbery substance.
3. A penny dropped from the top of a tall building could kill a pedestrian. A penny isn't the most aerodynamic of weapons. A combination of its shape and wind friction means that, tossed even from the 1,250-foot Empire State Building, it would travel fast enough merely to sting an unlucky pedestrian.
4. Men think about sex every seven seconds. Males are driven to reproduce, evolutionarily speaking, but there is no scientific way of measuring to what extent that desire consumes their everyday lives. Thankfully, for world productivity as a whole, seven seconds seems a gross overstatement, as best researchers can tell. I am still researching this one, lol.
5. Water drains backwards in the Southern Hemisphere due to the Earth's rotation. Not only is the Earth's rotation too weak to affect the direction of water flowing in a drain, tests you can easily perform in a few washrooms will show that water whirlpools both ways depending on the sinks structure, not the hemisphere.
These are just a spattering of busted myths. Our culture if rife with cultural and urban legends that have no basis in fact but continue to permeate our lives. Like Christmas poinsettias are fatal if ingested, there is no gravity in space, jet hand driers are more sanitary than using paper towels, and one of my favorites Sir Thomas Crapper invented the flush toilet; are all easily disproved by a little research.
All these myths were found with just a few keystrokes into the Internet.
Now I am off to find those mountains in Florida, lo,.
The majority of these myths were found at uphaa.com