10 Common Falsehoods People Need To Stop Believing in Immediately

Let’s dive into a world where gas stations are always packed, birds are more forgiving than your mother-in-law, and a raise means you’re suddenly richer than the Queen. In doing so, you may discover the truth behind some of the most commonly believed lies. But before we begin, here’s a lie I hope you fall for: Number 8 will SHOCK you!

1. “I Bet I’m the Only One to Get An Oh-So-Brilliant Idea”

People on the forum recounted their experience of thinking they could get gas on their way to work or be 30 minutes early at lunch and avoid the rush; in the end, they were severely disappointed to see that a few hundred folks had the exact same idea.

2. “A Raise Means All Your Income is Taxed at a Higher Rate”

Whoever said that getting a raise means losing more money to taxes was probably the same person who believed that the earth is flat. Fortunately, only the excess amount gets taxed. One person opened up about how their relative did not want a pay raise to avoid paying more taxes. It’s like getting extra toppings on your pizza and expecting not to pay more. If the principle is hard to grasp, think of it this way: cutting your hair makes it grow back thicker!

3. “Mama Birds Won’t Take Back Babies After You’ve Touched Them”

Just because you touched a baby bird doesn’t mean Mama Bird will reject it like a bad first date. In fact, as one person pointed out, Mama Bird might thank you for helping her clumsy little chick back to the nest. So go ahead, save the birdie, and earn some brownie points with the animal kingdom. 

4. “Being a Doormat Will Make My Life Unproblematic”

Let me guess, do you think being a doormat is the secret to a stress-free life? Well, I hate to break it to you, but it’s not. Regardless of how perfect you try to be, someone said it wouldn’t guarantee that everyone would love you or you won’t have conflicts. Being a pushover is like being a piñata; sooner or later, someone will take a swing at you. So stand up for yourself, buddy. 

5. “Life is Fair”

If you believe life is fair, then I have some oceanfront property in Arizona to sell you. As many people commented, life is more unpredictable than the weather, and sometimes it just doesn’t make sense. Remember, when life gives you lemons, you make lemonade and spike it with some vodka.

6. “Your Acne Will Disappear Once You’re Older”

Oh, honey, if only clearing up acne was as easy as getting a senior discount. Unfortunately, many people pointed out how pesky pimples haunted them well into their adult years, thanks to hormones and meds. In any case, don’t let a few blemishes dim your shine.

7. “Adults Know It All”

Whoever told you that adults have it all figured out was probably trying to sell you a bridge in Brooklyn. The truth is, nobody knows what the heck they’re doing! Many people commented that they are working adults in their thirties but still feel like they’re winging it. We’re all just trying to navigate this crazy world and pretending to have it under control. Fake it till you make it, I guess?

8. “If Your Family Did You Dirty, Forgive and Forget”

Kind folks on the forum remind us that just because you’re related to someone doesn’t mean they get a free pass to be toxic. If your family did you wrong, setting boundaries and protecting yourself is okay.

9. “Reusable Straws Will Save the World”

Zero-waste is excellent, but as one stated, it won’t save the world like a superhero in spandex. Climate change is a global problem that requires a global solution, and it will take more than just a few metal straws to fix it. So, keep doing your part, but as someone pointed out, don’t forget to pressure the big guys (corporations and lawmakers) to step up their game.

10. “9 out of 10 People Can’t Solve This Math Problem!”

If you see a math problem with that claim, remember it’s like a cheesy pickup line at a bar. As someone said, it’s just a ploy to get your attention and make you feel special. But in reality, who cares if you can solve it or not? As long as you can count, you’re good. 

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