Some Common Misconceptions

• Chimichangas are Mexican: The chimichanga, a deep-fried burrito, was not invented in Mexico; it is an American creation.

• MSG is unhealthy: Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a flavor enhancer that has been the subject of controversy for decades. However, the FDA considers MSG to be safe when consumed in normal amounts.

• Netflix was founded after its co-founder, Reed Hastings, was charged a $40 late fee by Blockbuster: While it makes a great origin story, Hastings made the story up to summarize Netflix’s value proposition, and Netflix’s founders were actually inspired by Amazon.

• You only use 10% of your brain: This is a popular myth that has been debunked by neuroscientists. In reality, we use all parts of our brain, although not all at the same time.

• Cracking your knuckles causes arthritis: There is no scientific evidence to support this claim. While cracking your knuckles may be annoying to some people, it does not cause arthritis.

• Adidas is an acronym for “All day I dream about sports”, “All day I dream about soccer”, or “All day I dream about sex”: The company was named after its founder Adolf “Adi” Dassler in 1949. The backronyms were jokes published in 1978 and 1981.

• Shaving makes hair grow back thicker: This is a common misconception that has been around for a long time. However, it is not true. Shaving does not change the thickness or color of hair, nor does it make it grow back faster.

• Goldfish have a three-second memory: This is a myth that has been perpetuated for years. In reality, goldfish have a memory that can last for months and can even recognize their owners.