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Myths Your Mom Told You

Will wet hair in cold air make you sick? Does sitting close to the TV hurt your eyes? Find out the truth with this quiz.

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Myths Your Mom Told You
Myths Your Mom Told You
Question 1 of 20 Correct

True or false: You'll catch your death of cold if you go outside with wet hair.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. The common cold is caused by many different viruses, so a person is no more likely to catch a cold with wet hair or without.

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Question 2 of 20 Correct

True or false: Gum takes seven years to pass through the digestive system.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Gum isn't any different from other synthetic foods we eat on a regular basis. Although some of the ingredients are not well digested, the stickiness of the gum doesn't mean it sticks to the lining of the digestive tract.

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Question 3 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating 30 minutes before swimming causes cramps, and you'll drown.

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The correct answer is: This is false. The most harm that could happen to someone who swims after eating is a minor stomachache. Your muscles will still work to keep you afloat, even after you've eaten lunch.

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Question 4 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sitting too close to the TV will ruin your eyes.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Sitting too close to the TV will not damage your eyes, but it may cause eye strain. And surprisingly, children can focus without eyestrain better than adults.

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Question 5 of 20 Correct

True or false: Leaves of three, let them be.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Poison ivy's leaves are arranged in groups of three and vary in size and color during the season. Poison ivy is one of the most common causes of skin rash and potentially serious reactions may result when it makes contact with the skin or eyes or is eaten or inhaled.

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Question 6 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should always wear a hat in cold weather because most body heat is lost through your head.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. You lose no more heat from your head than any other portion of your body. In fact, when emergency medical technicians are treating hypothermia, they apply heat to the chest, neck, armpits and groin. The head? Not so much.

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Question 7 of 20 Correct

True or false: Feed a cold, starve a fever.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. You need to eat a normal, healthy diet whether you have a cold or a fever. Don't forget to hydrate! Lots of fluid and rest will help flush your whole body of infection.

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Question 8 of 20 Correct

True or false: Cracking knuckles causes arthritis.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Cracking your knuckles causes no harm to your joints, bones or muscles--unless it hurts when you crack them. Talk to your doctor if it hurts when your knees or knuckles crack to assess if there is an underlying issue causing the pain.

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Question 9 of 20 Correct

True or false: If a pregnant woman's bump is low, it's a boy.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. A woman may carry her baby low if she has loose abdominal muscles, either because of age or a previous pregnancy. A woman with tighter abdominal muscles will carry a baby higher. The only true way to know a baby's gender is through an ultrasound or amniocentesis.

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Question 10 of 20 Correct

True or false: Shaving hair causes it to grow back faster and thicker.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Shaving does not change the thickness or growth rate of your hair.

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Question 11 of 20 Correct

True or false: Coffee will stunt your growth.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. A study of 81 teens over six years found no loss of bone mass among the caffeine drinkers.

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Question 12 of 20 Correct

True or false: Sugar makes kids hyper.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Many researchers have looked at the role of dietary sugar in children and have found no evidence that it makes kids hyper.

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Question 13 of 20 Correct

True or false: Reading in the dark will damage your eyes.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Reading in dim light does not damage your eyes. However, good lighting can make reading easier and prevent eye fatigue.

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Question 14 of 20 Correct

True or false: Chocolate causes acne.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. No studies have been able to prove that chocolate affects acne.

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Question 15 of 20 Correct

True or false: Warm milk helps you fall asleep.

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The correct answer is: This is false. While milk does contain tryptophan, the natural substance with a relaxation effect, you'd have to drink about 1/2 a quart of it to reap any benefits. Not only would that much liquid make you uncomfortably full before bed, but you would also find yourself getting up during the night to use the bathroom--not exactly a recipe for a good night's sleep.

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Question 16 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating at night makes you fat.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Researchers carried out an animal survey and found no link between when animals ate and whether or not they put on weight. The simple truth is weight gain comes from calories taken in versus calories burned.

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Question 17 of 20 Correct

True or false: You can get an infection from a toilet seat.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. It is extremely unlikely that bacteria would grow on a toilet seat and then infect a person. According to Dr. Oz, a person is far more likely to catch an infection from a hot tub.

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Question 18 of 20 Correct

True or false: You should drink eight glasses of water a day.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. It is true that we need 2.5 liters of fluid every day, but fluid comes from many sources, not jut water alone.

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Question 19 of 20 Correct

True or false: Eating spicy food can help a woman go into labor.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is false. Most studies have shown that having sex, eating spicy foods or even having enemas are ineffective in inducing labor. Some options that do seem to work include nipple stimulation, rubbing primrose oil on the stomach or walking.

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Question 20 of 20 Correct

True or false: An apple a day will keep the doctor away.

Correct! Sorry, that’s incorrect.

The correct answer is: This is true. Many studies show that apple consumption is consistently associated with a reduced risk of heart disease, cancer, asthma and type 2 diabetes, when compared to other fruits and veggies.

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