50 Fascinating Myths & Legends from Around the World

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26 Platypus


The platypus used to be considered a myth like Bigfoot and the Yeti.

27. The story of Thomas Edison electrocuting an elephant as part of the War of Currents is a myth. The elephant was killed as part of an unrelated Coney Island stunt, and Edison’s name is only associated because Edison-brand film was used to record the elephant’s death.

28. According to a Norse myth, one time Thrymskvida, Thor and Loki cross-dressed as wedding brides to retrieve the stolen Mjöllnir. The thieves got suspicious when the “ladies” ate everything in sight.

29. Left-brain vs. Right-brain dominance is a myth. Lateralization is unique in every individual and researchers cannot find any evidence that one side of the brain or another work by itself for functions of our personalities.

30. Needing to drink 8 glasses of water a day, and that coffee dehydrates you are both disproven myths.

31 Cow tipping

Cow tipping

Cow tipping is nothing but an urban myth. Cows do not sleep standing up, as they cannot keep their knees locked like some other animals that do sleep standing up.

32. The popular concept that “Humans only use 10% of their brain” is a myth and there is nothing to suggest that we don’t use 100% of our brains.

33. Multitasking is a myth. What we call multitasking is actually ‘switch-tasking.’ There is actually a stop/start process that occurs in the brain when we switch between tasks. This process causes “more mistakes, and over time it can be energy sapping.”

34. The “50% divorce rate” for all marriages is a myth. The number is closer to 30% and it varies among different groups.

35. It is unknown how the “Friday the 13th” myth arose, however, there is no written evidence for the superstition before the 19th century.

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36 Corgi


According to legend, Corgis are a gift from woodland fairies and that their markings are caused by saddles and stirrups placed on their backs.

37. Hainuwele is a mythical Indonesian girl who legend says magically defecated valuable objects before she was buried alive.

38. Fan Death is a well-known myth in the South Korean culture. According to the myth, running an electric fan in a closed room with no open windows can lead to death. Despite no concrete evidence to support the concept, the myth of fan death persists due to its popularity.

39. During the temperance and Prohibition movements, it was a commonly believed myth that alcohol abuse could lead to spontaneous combustion.

40. It is a myth that you need to or should wait 24 hours to report a missing person in USA.

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41 Rabbits


Rabbits shouldn’t regularly eat carrots or lettuce. It is a myth perpetuated by cartoons that these foods are part of their natural diets.

42. People started flipping one cigarette upside down in their packs because of a myth that early ‘Lucky Strikes’ contained marijuana.

43. According to legend, everyone in USA used to think tomatoes were poisonous, due to them being a member of the nightshade family. In 1820, New Jersey resident Robert Gibbon Johnson ate tomatoes in front of a large crowd to prove that they were edible.

44. Elasmotherium, an extinct genus of rhinoceros is thought to be the origin of unicorn myths and legends.

45. The “Empty Land Myth” is a myth that states South Africa was mostly empty before European colonization. The myth began in the 1830s. Historical records and archaeological evidence contradict this idea.

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46 Dog’s mouth

Dog's mouth

The belief that a dog’s mouth is 9 times cleaner than a human’s is a myth.

47. There is a Scottish myth involving a giant black cat fairy known as “Cat Sith”. It was believed that Cat Sith would steal dead people’s souls before the Gods could get them.

48. Arab traders in the 13th century created and perpetuated the myth that pepper cultivated in India was “guarded” by snakes to maintain their monopoly, keep their source a secret and inflate its price.

49. There is a Jewish myth, according to which Eve was Adam’s second wife. His first wife was supposedly Lilith according to it.

50. The common statement by restaurants that alcohol cooks out of the food is generally a myth. It takes over 3 hours to boil off alcohol when cooking.

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  1. This may be an old post but I just came across it… the author or rather the kid who reposted all of these “Facts” had no idea how the world works…. so many of them are absolutely wrong…. like number 21… I would love to see your medical degree as you try to tell me that no sugar rush exists… your it’s a placebo doesn’t even make sense… do you even know what a placebo is? And that’s just one of thirty I could prove wrong… I feel bad for anyone who read your drivel

  2. Re #38: This possibly has a result in a very real issue from a time before most South Koreans could afford to buy electric fans or electric heaters. The traditional method of heating (not cooling) a Korean home was to use charcoal briquettes and have the hot air run zig-zag under the floor and then out the opposite side in a chimney. A leak in the ondol (as it’s called) system would allow carbon monoxide, a deadly odorless and tasteless gas, into the home. That’s why Koreans kept windows open during the winter. Now the idea has ben transferred to the summer issue of electric fans. Oh, and Koreans still open their windows during the winter.

  3. Good God, some this is mostly nonsense.
    This is an example of what makes the internet unreliable.
    People would actually believe this.

  4. According to Jerry Seinfeld, he – unintentionally was the first AmEx Black card recipient. One of the people helping him with the commercials that he did told him of the myth of the Black card was only held by the CEO and the Sultan of Brunei. He talked to the CEO told him it was a rumor, but he thought it was a great idea.

  5. I can’t even believe how many of these are flat out wrong. Friday the 13th is considered bad luck because that was the day the French king round up the Templar Knights and accused them of heresy. Most Europeans believed tomatoes were poisonous…not just Americans…although it is true that an importer ate a bushel to prove they weren’t poisonous. Sugar rush is a thing, even if it doesn’t last as long as some think. These are just a few….

  6. I’m so dissapointed in this. So many falsehoods. #17 is particularly harmful. Read Jason Fung. Hormones and inflammation cause weight gain not laziness!! $#@! stop the prejudice!



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