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15 Lies Americans Have Been Fed But Need To Stop Swallowing

If something seems too good to be true, it probably is. Here are the biggest lies that people need to stop falling for, according to the internet. 

Note: Some quotes in this piece have been lightly edited for grammar.

1: Happily Never After 

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One commenter gave up on fairytales and wished everyone else would, too. The biggest lie? “That everyone gets a happy ending.”

2: Wrong Number  

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“Your call is important to us. Please stay on the line.” Sound familiar? One user is sick of hearing robots when they pick up the phone. Another person says, “Due to higher-than-normal call volumes…” is another tiresome lie to one commenter. 

3: Clickbait and Switch

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One commenter is no stranger to getting sucked into reading more articles than they bargained for. “‘Number 14 will SHOCK you!’ Gets me every time,” they said. “When will I learn?”

4: Small But Mighty 

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One animal lover wants people to stop believing that small animals like reptiles, fish, and rodents have no intelligence, which often leads to neglectful care. “These animals are far smarter than people realize. They can recognize faces, be trained, be capable of problem-solving, and more.”

5: In the Bag 

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Most of us have become professional wrestlers with a chip bag at some point. One commenter aired their frustrations and said that “tear here to open” is the biggest lie people need to stop believing. “See also: ‘resealable,'” another commenter said. 

6: Use Your Brain 

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One commenter dislikes the lie that “we use only 10% of our brain.” Another person provided an analogy: it’s like saying, “We only use 33% of each traffic light.”

7: Tough Skin

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Acne is not just something that plagues your blunder years in middle school, and one commenter learned that the hard way. “You no longer get zits when you get older” is the biggest lie they believed. 

8: Understanding Your Finances

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A higher income doesn’t necessarily equal a higher income tax. One commenter said, “Getting a raise that puts you into the next tax bracket does not mean all your income is taxed at the higher rate, only the small piece over the threshold.” 

9: That’s a Later Problem 

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“It’ll be easier if I get gas in the morning on the way to work” is a lie one commenter says people feed themselves. Many commuters can vouch it’s never easier in the morning.  

10: Arachnophobia 

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One lie a commenter thinks people have to stop believing is that people eat eight spiders in their sleep over the course of their lifetime. It’s a decades-old rumor that “they were trying to see how fast misinformation could spread during the early days of the internet.” 

11: Click To Agree 

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A lie that companies believe (or choose to believe) is that “People have read the terms and conditions,” one commenter says. Another notes they actually gave it a shot. “I once read something about a dude winning money after reading it, so I usually read or skim through it just to see if I’m lucky.” 

12: Role Models 

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One commenter says people need to stop believing that just because a popular celebrity endorses a product, that means it’s worth buying. “You’re telling me I shouldn’t pour all my money into an imaginary currency because Matt Damon said I’d be a loser if I didn’t?” someone joked in response. 

13: No Time Like the Present 

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“I’m gonna fix all my bad habits tomorrow,” one procrastinator said. Another joked, “Never do today what you can put off until tomorrow.” 

14: Ruff Love 

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One commenter can’t get behind the idea that dogs’ mouths are cleaner than humans’. “I’ve seen my dog eat poop.”

15: Plenty of Fish 

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One commenter is tired of rom-coms. “There is the ‘one’ for all of us” is a lie they wish people would stop buying into. “There are several someones for every individual,” they said. “You just gotta find one of them to be compatible with.” 

Source: Reddit

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