Fact or Myth?


Allison Dodge, Journalist

Have you ever experienced the feeling when you get told that a saying, rule, or story that you thought was true actually isn’t? You would probably say yes. Well, you’re going to feel that a lot throughout this article because here are 4 myths we all thought were real. It can be difficult to separate fact from fiction in many cases, especially when we’ve heard them from time and time again. If many people say one thing you have never heard of, you tend to believe them. That’s how myths spread.

The first myth we are uncovering is about George Washington and his wooden teeth. Yes that’s right, he didn’t actually have them. Though he did suffer from severe dental problems, historians at Washington library say his teeth were made out of gold, ivory, and lead as a replacement for his real ones, but none of them were wood. Edward Larson, a historian at Washington library says, “I see how some teeth could be mistaken for wood, but that’s just stained ivory.”

Another well known myth is that Albert Einstein failed his math class. He in fact was at the top of his class in grade school scoring over 100%. According to an article in Time, this myth was spread all the way back in 1935. “Before I was 15, I had mastered differential and integral calculus.” Einstein claims.

Our next myth we are going to be uncovering is that our nails continue to grow when we die. When people die and their body is still intact, it appears that your nails are longer. As it may look that way, bodies actually just get dehydrated, causing it to shrink while things like nails and hair, stay the same length. Think of it like a rotten fruit. Over days it goes bad causing it to shrivel up and get smaller. Our bodies do the same.

Our last myth is that cracking your knuckles causes arthritis. Arthritis is a painful inflammation and stiffness of the joints. It is very common and very painful. Cracking your knuckles is seen to be a bad habit but really has no good or bad outcomes. Your parents may have told you that it is harmful, but they just don’t want you to do it.

In conclusion, myths get spread more often than you think. Don’t believe everything people say. Hopefully you learned something while reading this.


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