What is clearly a myth but is deep-rooted in our society?

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That you need to wait 24 hours to report a missing person. If you sincerely think someone is missing, then report it. The faster that a missing person report is filed, the better chance there is that the person will be found. This is especially crucial when it comes to missing children.


The belief that “lightning *never* strikes twice in the same place.” Actually it does, and sometimes with great frequency.


The belief that touching a fawn or a baby bird will make the mother abandon it. Complete and utter bullshit. If you find a bird out if the nest it most likely fledged. If not and it is visibly very small it is perfectly fine to pick it up and place it back in the nest. Same with fawns, animal instincts are much MUCH stronger than to just abandon their young because of smell. It has to do more with the fact that fawns hide in tall grass from predators and the mother finds it easier by smell.


The middle ages were less barbaric and dark than we think


That you can’t get pregnant if “X”. Many things can lower fertility, but unless you literally do not have a uterus and/or ovaries, there’s always a chance – for better or worse, btw, as some of these pregnancies can be dangerous. I’ve known “infertile” women who mothered kids because their husband was hyper fertile, their hormonal levels shifted as they got older, their birth control failed because of medication or surgery, etc etc. Assume there’s a risk (or a chance) unless the equipment isn’t there.