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6 things your parents lied to you about

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ALISSA AMBROSE

Luke Elkins, Editorials Editor

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As their kids grow up, parents tell many white lies to them. Of course, as children, they believe everything their parents have told them. It’s not until much later that children find out the truth. Here’s the truth about many of the common lies your parents may have told you that you still believe in:
1 CRACKING YOUR KNUCKLES CAUSES ARTHRITIS
This lie probably originated from the fact that cracking your knuckles can make an unpleasant sound that bothers people. According to the Harvard Medical School, the popping sound is caused by bubbles bursting in the sinovial fluid (the fluid that lubricates your joints). Feel free to keep cracking your knuckles as it does not lead to arthritis
2 Swallowed gum stays in your stomach for seven years

Most people still believe this claim, but it is untrue. Stomach acid is very strong and can dissolve most everything that you eat. Per WebMD, our digestive system moves it along just like everything else, and it comes out in your stool in a few days.
3 SITTING CLOSE TO THE TV DAMAGES YOUR EYES
Many children like to sit close to the television while watching their favorite shows so they can capture every little detail. Although your parents may have said otherwise, it is not harmful. WebMD says it may cause a headache, but it won’t affect your sight.
4 DRINKING COFFEE STUNTS YOUR GROWTH
This one is a common misconception that many people still believe. Decades ago, errant scientific studies linked coffee to osteoporosis but this is incorrect for two reasons, according to the Harvard Medical School. One, there are no links between osteoporosis and coffee, and two, osteoporosis does not necessarily cause you to be shorter. Despite what is said, the only potential serious health concern from coffee is insomnia. Coffee actually is pretty healthy, and can lower your risk for many diseases, like type 2 diabetes, and certain cancers.
5 IF YOU TOUCH A FROG YOU’LL GROW WARTS
When looking at a frog, it’s easy to see why this could be believable. They are covered in bumps and warts, but it’s not possible to receive warts from touching a frog. Per National Geographic, warts are caused by a human virus. However, it’s still not smart to go around touching frogs as they could potentially be poisonous to the touch, so staying away from them is a good idea.
6 READING IN THE DARK HURTS YOUR EYES
Your eyes may feel strained, but most experts agree that reading in the dark does not permanently damage your eyes. Studies done by the New York Times concluded that potential effects of reading on your eyes are skewed by the availability of eye doctors. In other words, eye fatigue is linked to people who make more money and are more likely to read, but they are more likely to get it checked out.

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6 things your parents lied to you about