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22 Popular Beliefs that are Completely Untrue

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Oysters aren't aphrodisiacs. You don't need to wait 30 minutes before swimming. Bulls hate red...that's bs. Bad data can fool you into believing myths are actually facts. PayScale, the modern compensation company, has debunked 22 popular myths, providing you with data you can rely on.

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22 Popular Beliefs that are Completely Untrue

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  2. 2. Newsflash: everything you know to be true is actually false. Oysters aren't aphrodisiacs. You've been drinking 8 glasses of water-the worst of all beverages-for no reason. You could have been swimming more. Like, WAY more. Indeed, the truth ahead could be painful. But if you think you can handle it, read on... www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  3. 3. www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company 50% of Marriages End in Divorce 4 You Need to Drink 8 Glasses of Water a Day 6 Oysters are Aphrodisiacs 8 You Need to Wait 30 Minutes After Eating Before Swimming 10 Being Cold Gives You a Cold 12 Women Make Less Than Men for Doing the Same Job 12 Turkey is to Blame for Your Thanksgiving Day Nap 14 Bulls are Enraged by the Color Red 16 If You Party in College, You Will Never get a Well-paying Job 20 The Great Wall of China is the Only Man Made Object Visible from Space 22 Bats are Blind 24 Dropping a Penny on Someone from the Empire State Building will Kill Them 26 Lightning Never Strikes the Same Place Twice 28 George Washington had Wooden Teeth 30 Chameleons Change Colors to Blend in with Their Surroundings 32 People Don't Leave Their Jobs Because of Pay 34 It Takes 7 Years to Digest Swallowed Gum 36 Alcohol Make You Warm 38 Employers Talking to Their Employees About Pay Will Incite a Riot 40 Bathroom Door Handles are Full of Bacteria 42 Cracking Knuckles Causes Arthritis 44 Goldfish Have a 3 Second Brain 46 Contents
  4. 4. 50% OF MARRIAGES END IN DIVORCE www.payscale.comwww.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  5. 5. According to The New York Times, the oft- quoted 50% divorce rate is a relic of the 1970's. Today, it is predicted that nearly two-thirds of marriages will never involve a divorce, according to data from Justin Wolfers, a University of Michigan economist. Moral of the story? Don't believe everything you read in panic- inducing The Atlantic articles. Original Source: The New York Times www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  6. 6. You need to drink glasses of water a day! www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  7. 7. No one knows exactly where this myth started, but the best guess is this 1945 recommendation from the National Food and Nutrition Board, a government advisory agency, that stated: “A suitable allowance of water for adults is 2.5 liters daily in most instances. … Most of this quantity is contained in prepared foods.” The theory is that people read this, ignored the last sentence, and the eight glasses a day (about 2.5 liters) recommendation was born. Moral of the story? Read ALL the data, or you may end up peeing every fifteen minutes for the rest of your life. Original Source: FiveThirtyEight Indeed you do not. www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  8. 8. oysters are aphrodisiacs www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  9. 9. Original Source: The New York Times Contrary to popular belief, these infamous bivalves are not as bow-chicka-wow-wow inducing as we have been led to believe. This claim was started by Casanova himself in 18th century Venice, where, devoid of modern medicine, Casanova ate dozens of oysters as preparation for his amorous activities. However, there is no scientific evidence that oysters are the Viagra of the Sea—and any success is generally chalked up to the placebo effect. Moral of the story: Don’t believe everything you read in 18th century literature. Also, take the money you would have spent on oysters and invest it in a sensible 401k. Ladies love stability! www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  10. 10. YOU NEED TO WAIT 30 MINUTES AFTER EATING BEFORE SWIMMING www.payscale.comwww.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  11. 11. This famous fun-ruining myth is predicated by the idea that, upon eating, most of the available blood in one’s body would flood to the stomach to help with digestion. Thus deprived of proper blood flow, the limbs wouldn’t have enough of the precious fluid in them to be able to swim. While it’s true that blood flows to our stomachs after eating a big meal, we have enough blood to keep all of our other parts running just fine after a meal. Moral of the story? All this time! All this time, you could have been swimming. Original Source: How Stuff Works www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  12. 12. BEING COLD GIVES YOU A COLD www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  13. 13. Sorry kids, bundling up won’t completely prevent you from catching a cold. Colds actually have nothing to do with body temperature. Colds are a virus, which means they are contagious. If there are no viruses near you, then you won’t get sick—even if you’re practically in an ice box! In fact, avoiding outdoors and staying cooped up indoors with multiple people perspiring germs is MORE likely to give you a cold. Moral of the story: Stop watching Netflix and go outside. Original Source: Huffington Post www.payscale.comwww.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  14. 14. WOMENMAKELESSTHANMEN FORDOINGTHESAMEJOB www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  15. 15. While a pay gap does exist, it is smaller than most people think. For women and men in identical roles, the pay gap is 2.7%. This myth originates from the fact that, when all women’s jobs are compared to all men’s jobs, the pay gap widens to 74 cents on the dollar, aka 26%, but that is because more women work in lower-paying fields. Moral of the story? Forget the pay gap and focus on this jobs gap – bring more women into leadership roles and high-paying fields. Original Source: PayScale www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  16. 16. ZZ ZZ TURKEY IS TO BLAME FOR YOUR THANKSGIVING DAY NAP www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  17. 17. Turkey gets a bad rap as the culprit for all the Thanksgiving napping, but your over-eating is actually what is causing you to drift to dreamland. It’s true that turkey contains a chemical found in the well-known, sleep-inducing medicine, Melatonin, but just a smidge. That itty-bitty trace of tryptophan in your drumstick will not cause your snoozing. Stuff your stomach to the gunnels with mashed potatoes, dinner rolls, and booze and a food coma induced snooze is inevitable. If you want to avoid that nap, put down the fork! Or embrace it and be thankful, after all, it is a holiday. Moral of the story: gobble all the turkey you want (get it?!) Original Source: NBC News Z Z Z www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  18. 18. BULLS ARE ENRAGED BY THE COLOR RED www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  19. 19. DESPITE WHAT LOONEY TUNES AND DISNEY’S FERNIDAD THE BULL CARTOONS TAUGHT US, BULLS, AND ALL OTHER TYPES OF CATTLE, ARE ACTUALLY COLORBLIND. A STATIONARY RED OBJECT WON’T ENRAGE THE BULL, BUT WAVING A RED OBJECT WILL. GO AHEAD AND SWAP RED OUT FOR SUNSHINE YELLOW AND YOU WILL STILL GET THE SAME REACTION. IT ISN’T THE COLOR THAT ANGERS THE BEAST, BUT THE ANNOYANCE OF WAVING AN OBJECT IN ITS FACE. MORAL OF THE STORY? LOONEY TUNES IS A PACK OF LIES. ORIGINAL SOURCE: LIVE SCIENCE ! www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  20. 20. ÷ + + + + + ++ + + + + + + + + ++ + + + ++ + - - - - - - - - - - - ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ IF YOU PARTY IN COLLEGE, YOU WILL NEVER GET A WELL-PAYING JOB www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  21. 21. ÷ + + + + + ++ + + + + + + + + + + + ++ + - - - - - - - - - ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ ÷ Oh, but you will. In fact, PayScale data found that graduates of the top ten party schools make an average annual salary of $89,950, while graduates of the top ten sober schools make only $84,500 annually. In other words, party school grads were able to parlay their beer pong prowess into an additional $5,450 per year. So much for revenge of the nerds. Moral of the story? TOga, TOga…. Original Source: PayScale www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  22. 22. The Great Wall of China is the Only Man Made Object Visible from Space www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  23. 23. Original Source: HowStuffWorks Turns out, you can see a lot of man-made objects from space—just not the Great Wall of China. In the glow of night, astronauts have seen several iconic structures, but not the Great Wall. Made of rock, the Great Wall tends to blend in with the rest of Earth—it’s not quite Vegas. www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  24. 24. BATSAREBLIND www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  25. 25. Nexttimeyou'retold'you'reblind asabat',takeitasacompliment. Noneofthe1,100speciesofbats areblind.Theyactuallyhave relativelygoodvision,butarejust sensitivetolight. OriginalSource:Discovery www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  26. 26. DROPPING A PENNY ON SOMEONE FROM THE EMPIRE STATE BUILDING WILL KILL THEM www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  27. 27. According to Scientific American, a penny is too small, too flat, and cushioned by too much air to transform into a torpedo. Far from bludgeoning your enemies to death, the actual affect of hitting someone with a penny by dropping it off the top of The Empire State Building would feel like “being flicked in the forehead, but not even very hard,” the article stated.This info should surprise no one because, let’s face it, pennies are stupid. They are America’s worst currency. On that note, if you want to kill someone with pennies, try paying for your morning latte exclusively with them, until those around you perish of rage and boredom. Bwahaha. Original Source: Scientific American www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  28. 28. LIGHTNING NEVER STRIKES THE SAME PLACE TWICE www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  29. 29. There is no double-jeopardy rule with lightning. According to NASA, lightning is a huge electrostatic discharge searching for a destination, and it doesn’t matter whether that location has been hit before. Lightning doesn’t have a memory. Taller objects, such as trees and skyscrapers, are usually common targets because there is a shorter distance between that and the origin of the lightning. The tallest tree in a forest can get struck several times until the storm passes. In fact, lightning strikes the Empire State Building around 100 times per year. Moral of the story? Bad data can kill you. Original Source: NASA www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  30. 30. George Washington had wooden teeth www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  31. 31. George Washington’s teeth were made out of a lot of things, But, despite popular belief, wood wasn’t one of them. A far cry from the porcelain used in dentistry today, George Washington’s teeth were made of ivory (hippopotamus and elephant), lead, gold, and actual teeth from horses, donkeys and humans. Original Source: Smithsonian Magazine www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  32. 32. chameleonschange colorstoblendinwiththeir surroundings www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  33. 33. chameleonschangecolors.thisistrue.however,it's nottoblendintotheirenvironment.chameleonschange theircolorbecauseofheat,towarnneighborsofdanger, andwhenthey’refeelingalittlefrisky.sometimes,a chameleonchangescolorsjustbecausethey'reinafoul mood.moralofstory?chameleonsbecrazy. OriginalSource:LiveScience www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  34. 34. PEOPLE DON'T LEAVE THEIR JOBS BECAUSE OF PAY www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  35. 35. Not true. In 2015, the number one reason most people left companies was compensation. The majority of respondents to the 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report cited “seeking higher pay elsewhere” as the primary reason for leaving a company. Moral of story? Money CAN buy you love. Original Source: PayScale 2015 Compensation Best Practices Report www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation CompanyPayScale: The Modern Compensation CompanyPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  36. 36. IT TAKES 7 YEARS TO DIGEST SWALLOWED GUM www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  37. 37. Not to worry; that gum you swallowed in a panic to avoid detention did not linger in your digestive track beyond your high school years. Though the majority of gum matter is in fact indigestible, the relatively small size of the average piece of gum allows it to flow freely through the digestive track and out of your body in far less than seven years. Moral of the story: this too shall pass. Original Source: Scientific American www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  38. 38. ALCOHOL MAKES YOU WARM www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  39. 39. Though shirtless, painted, rowdy football fans at Midwestern winter games appear to assume otherwise, alcohol will not warm you up. In fact, because alcohol dilates blood vessels forcing blood closer to your skin, alcohol can actually make you feel colder. Moral of the story: Cover your tail while tailgating. Original Source: Business Insider www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  40. 40. he makes HOW MUCH? My manager lied. I am so out of here! EMPLOYERS TALKING TO THEIR EMPLOYEES ABOUT PAY WILL INCITE A RIOT www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  41. 41. If you aren’t talking with employees about pay, chances are they are talking to one another—creating their own story of your compensation philosophy. Not a good thing. PayScale, the compensation software company, surveyed 71,000 employees to study the relationship between pay and transparency.  The study found that transparent conversations about money can actually mitigate low pay. So, if an employer pays lower than the market average for a position, but communicates clearly about the reasons for the smaller paycheck, 82% of employees surveyed still felt satisfied with their work. Original Source: Harvard Business Review How much do they pay you? www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  42. 42. BATHROOM OF BACTERIA DOOR HANDLES ARE FULL PayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  43. 43. No need to grab that paper towel to open the bathroom door, but you may want to avoid the hand dryer. Turns out the dirtiest places in public restrooms are the floors (no surprise there) and the hand dryers! ABC News 20/20 found the toilet seat and the door handle to be the cleanest spots in a public restroom. They even went as far as to say that it may be cleaner to eat your lunch off the toilet seat than your desk. Eww. Original Source: ABC News PayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  44. 44. CRACKING KNUCKLES CAUSES ARTHRITIS www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  45. 45. According to a Harvard study, though your knuckle cracking habit may annoy everyone around you, it likely won’t be the cause of your arthritis. After a long Harvard-y study of knuckle crackers and non- knuckle crackers, scientists concluded that there is no connection between cracking your knuckles and arthritis. However, Harvard medical researchers did conclude that cracking your knuckles can cause swollen hands, reduced grip strength and sometimes even injury. So if you're working on achieving that pull-up or just trying to grip the handle tight enough to avoid falling on your public transportation commute, it’s best to kick that cracking habit. Moral of story? Crack is wack. Original Source: Harvard www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  46. 46. GOLDFISH HAVE A SECOND BRAIN 3 www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  47. 47. Goldfish having a three second memory is the excuse that we use to feel better about keeping a fish in a small bowl—each time they circle the bowl, it’s a new experience! Unfortunately, it's not. Our friends at Mythbusters were able to train a goldfish to go through a maze lasting about 45 seconds. Though their brains are small, they proved to be mightier than three seconds. Original Source: Discovery Channel www.payscale.comPayScale: The Modern Compensation Company
  48. 48. PayScale is committed to purging bad data from the world, starting with faulty salary data. Learn about PayScale's innovative crowdsourcing method for providing the most accurate salary data in the world: CLICK HERE TO LEARN MORE ABOUT PAYSCALE

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