15 of the Dumbest Things Many Americans Still Believe

Chela Mibei
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Welcome, dear reader, to our light-hearted exploration of some of the most baffling beliefs held by many of our fellow Americans. Now, we’re not here to point fingers or to make fun; we’re all guilty of believing in some questionable things. Here are some of the most amusingly absurd, delightfully dubious, and downright dumbest beliefs that a surprising number of Americans hold dear.

“The Earth is Flat”

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Believe it or not, there are still a shocking number of people in the United States who earnestly believe our planet is flat. One of them is rapper-musician B.O.B, who believes the earth is flat. He even released a track called ‘Flatline’ to diss physicist Neil Degrasse Tyson, who is not a flat-earther.

Despite centuries of scientific evidence and countless images from space, these believers genuinely think the world is just one big pancake floating through space. It might seem like a joke, but unfortunately, it’s not.

“Aliens Built the Pyramids”

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The mystery of how the ancient Egyptians built their impressive pyramids has sparked countless theories over the years. However, some firmly believe that these magnificent structures were created not by human hands but by extraterrestrial beings with advanced technology and knowledge. Despite no credible evidence to support this belief, many Americans continue to hold onto it.

SpaceX CEO Elon Musk is among the people who believe this conspiracy theory.  In 2020, he tweeted, “Aliens built the pyramid obv.” However, whether his tweet was serious or he was joking is unclear.

“Chemtrails Are Real”

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Suppose you’ve ever looked at the sky and noticed long white lines trailing behind airplanes. In that case, you may have heard the conspiracy theory that they are chemtrails – chemicals being sprayed into the air by the government for nefarious purposes. Despite no scientific evidence to support this claim, many Americans still believe in chemtrails and even go as far as wearing gas masks or creating homemade “chemtrail detectors.”

“Vaccines Cause Autism”

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Despite numerous studies and overwhelming scientific evidence proving otherwise, some still believe that vaccines can cause autism. This dangerous belief has led to a rise in anti-vaccination movements and a decrease in herd immunity, putting individuals and entire communities at risk of preventable diseases.

According to Earth Day, only 46% of Americans believe vaccines don’t cause autism. That means many Americans don’t believe in vaccines.

“The Moon Landing Was Faked”

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One of the most iconic moments in human history is still doubted by some Americans who believe that the moon landing was staged and never actually happened. Again, despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary and the fact that numerous countries have sent missions to the moon since then, this belief persists among a surprising number of people.

“Global Warming Is a Hoax”

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Despite overwhelming scientific consensus and increasing evidence of its effects on our planet, many Americans still deny the existence of global warming or believe it to be a conspiracy by scientists or politicians. This belief often leads to a lack of action and effort towards combating climate change, which could have devastating consequences for our future.

“MSG Is Dangerous”

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Monosodium glutamate (MSG) is a standard flavor booster in many processed foods. However, there is a widespread belief that it is harmful and can cause various health issues, such as headaches and nausea. Despite numerous studies debunking this belief and the FDA classifying MSG as safe, many Americans continue to avoid it and even demand “MSG-free” options at restaurants.

“Fortune Tellers Can Predict the Future”

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Despite a lack of credible evidence and repeated instances of fraud, some people still believe that fortune tellers can see into the future and predict what will happen in their lives. This belief has led to a thriving industry of psychics and fortune tellers, who often take advantage of vulnerable individuals seeking guidance or answers.

“Cracking Your Knuckles Causes Arthritis”

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If you’ve ever been scolded for cracking your knuckles with the warning that it will lead to arthritis, you’re not alone. This belief has been passed down for generations despite numerous studies proving that it is, in fact, harmless to crack your knuckles and does not increase the risk of developing arthritis.

“Feng Shui Can Improve Your Life”

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Feng shui is an old Chinese practice of arranging objects and furniture in a certain way to create balance and harmony in a space. While many may find the concept exciting or aesthetically pleasing, some firmly believe that following feng shui principles can bring them good luck, health, and wealth. Despite a lack of scientific evidence, this belief continues to be popular among many Americans.

“Sugar Makes Children Hyperactive”

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Parents have long been warned to limit their child’s sugar intake to avoid hyperactivity and behavioral issues. However, numerous studies have shown that sugar does not cause children to become hyperactive. This belief has been debunked repeatedly, yet it persists and continues to be a commonly held belief among many Americans.

“We Only Use 10% Of Our Brains”

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This popular myth has been perpetuated in movies and TV shows, leading many to believe that humans only use a small portion of their brain capacity. However, this claim has been thoroughly debunked by neuroscientists who have confirmed that we use all parts of our brains, just not all at once. So, next time someone tells you this myth, please educate them with some scientific facts.

“Microwaves Are Harmful”

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There is a widespread fear that using microwaves to heat food can be harmful due to the radiation they emit. However, the type of radiation emitted by microwaves is non-ionizing and therefore not dangerous, as opposed to ionizing radiation, which can cause harm. Despite this knowledge, many Americans still avoid using microwaves or believe they can cause cancer.

“You Have To Wait 30 Minutes After Eating Before Swimming.”

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Many of us have been told as children to wait at least 30 minutes after eating before jumping into the pool; otherwise, we might get a cramp and drown. However, no scientific evidence supports this myth, and experts have debunked it. So go ahead and enjoy your pool time without the unnecessary waiting period.

“Eating Carrots Improves Eyesight”

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While carrots are a nutritious vegetable, they don’t necessarily have any special powers to improve eyesight, despite what we may have been told as kids. This belief stems from World War II propaganda claiming that British pilots had excellent night vision due to their high carrot intake. In reality, it was just a cover-up for their use of radar technology.

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    Chela excels in crafting insightful pieces, drawing from her background in finance and commerce. Her passions for reading, travel, writing, and volunteering enrich her contributions.

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