10 False Outdoor Myths You Grew Up Hearing

 

 

 

” You’ve probably heard some of these outdoor myths growing up. Here is the scoop on why they are false and how they may have come about.

  A lot of these myths passed around the campfire are often received with some doubt. But when these myths are touted as wisdom with numerous sayings dedicated to the false information, they can easily be believable.

  Check out the truth behind these outdoor myths you may have heard as a kid.”

 

Here is one example that we are all familiar with …

 

 

” 9. Birds blow up from rice

You may have been told not to feed rice to birds as the uncooked rice would swell and pop the bird’s insides. While this is not only false, some species of birds rely on rice to help fatten up during migration periods. The myth was purported by a newspaper column in 1996 and has stuck around since. “

 

 

And then there is the ever-present threat from Mom about eating and swimming … LOL

 

 

” 2. Swimming, eating, cramping, and drowning

Summertime as a kid meant going to the pool with a big lunch only to eat and be told you had to wait an hour before going in the water. Why? Because supposedly you would get cramps and drown. Luckily, this is not the case at all. It is hard to pin an origin for this myth, but some believe it came about because it was thought eating caused blood to flow to the stomach to aid digestion, so the limbs wouldn’t have enough blood to operate properly. “

 

 

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