7 Amazing Myths About Animals
You can already check here in Mega Curious 5 myths about the animal world that you always believed. Now we have 7 more to show you. Many of these random facts have sprung from assumptions, misguided beliefs, or even the internet, an endless source of myth spread. Check below which ones they are.
1 - The sound of the duck does not echo
Okay, you may never have heard of this myth, but there are a lot of people who believe the duck quack doesn't echo. And that makes no sense and no one knows exactly where this myth came from. Just the notion that this particular sound - among all the noises in the world - would not be able to echo under any circumstances is ridiculous.
Also, the echo of a duck is not a universal thing. There are different species of ducks that make different noises (and they all echo). The echo may be a little faint, but it is a sound like any other that propagates and is heard by other animals and humans.
2 - Bees die after stinging you
Everyone has long been convinced by the fact that a bee stings a person and dies soon after. This "rule" may apply in some cases, but it is not necessarily so. There are about 20, 000 species of bees in the world and only the honeybee Apis stings once and dies.
This is because your stinger has splinters that lodge in the target's skin. When the bee flies away, it leaves the sting and poison sac behind, essentially tearing off part of its body and dying within minutes.
However, any other species of bee or wasp that has a soft sting can sting as many times as it wants. Even honey bees themselves do not always die after a sting. If your target does not have thick skin (like another insect), it is usually strong enough to remove the sting and repeat the process.
3 - We swallow an X number of spiders during our sleep each year.
Let's use the "X" because there are not an exact number of spiders in the myth that they can enter our mouths during sleep several times a year. Rumors always dictate a different number, which usually suggests that it is complete nonsense. If you are an arachnophobic, you can sleep peacefully, as this is legend.
It should be clarified that the fact that a spider enters someone's mouth while sleeping is not completely impossible, but it is definitely not a common occurrence that happens several times a year.
While there is no scientific research on this, it is likely that this "fact" was created in the early years of the internet, specifically to show how naive people are and that they can believe anything they read. If you are not convinced, try looking from the spider's perspective.
We are not food for them. We are a giant predator that can kill her instantly. Why go straight into our mouths? Unless you already have a fly (spider's prey) inside your mouth cavity, the place has nothing to offer the arachnid.
4 - Ostriches stick their heads in the sand
Just because you saw it in cartoons doesn't mean it's true. Again, try to look at it from the bird's point of view. Let's say you are an ostrich. You are the largest bird in the world and have sharp claws on the ends of your feet.
Are you basically like a raptor descendant and can't find a better way to defend yourself than sticking your head in the ground (or sand) and waiting for the problem to disappear? This doesn `t happen.
When in danger, ostriches either flee or fight, depending on the opponent. Both options are perfectly viable for the immense bird. Ostriches are even known for knocking down lions with a well placed kick.
5 - Koalas are bears
Like most people, you should also find the koala a very cute and cuddly animal, thinking that it looks like a beautiful teddy bear.
But, bear, he is not. They are marsupials, mammalian animals that are differentiated by the way puppies evolve in the mother. Instead of a placental sac in the womb, most of the baby's gestation time is spent inside an abdominal sac called marsupium.
They may even resemble bears, but species are not closely related, only very far away. To give you an idea, we humans are more closely related to bears than koalas.
6 - Brontosaurus was a dinosaur
Most of us have become accustomed to hearing stories about Brontosaurus's existence since we were children. But did it really exist? No. What happened was a dispute between two paleontologists, Othniel Charles Marsh and Edward Drinker Cope, who competed to see who discovered more fossils of unknown species.
In 1877 Marsh discovered the partial skeleton of a long-necked, long-tailed, leaf-eating dinosaur named Apatosaurus. But the fossil skull was missing, and in 1883 Marsh published a reconstruction of his Apatosaurus, but he cheated, using another dinosaur's head to complete the skeleton.
Two years later, archaeologists working in the western United States sent them a second skeleton that they believed belonged to a different dinosaur, which he called Brontosaurus.
But it was not a different dinosaur. It was simply a more complete Apatosaurus. But Marsh, in his haste to get ahead of his rival Cope, quickly mistook for something new.
Although the bug was discovered by scientists in 1903, Brontosaurus continued to live in movies, books, and children's imagination. So, in short, Brontosaurus was just a fossil of a previously discovered species called Apatosaurus.
7 - Red makes bulls attack
In fact, bulls that are placed in arenas or crazy streets (as you can see in some Spanish festivals) do not attack exactly because they see the color red. They simply attack by another kind of stimulus: the noise, the movement of many people or feeling hunted.
You could show a flag of any color to a bull in this situation and he would continue to react to movement and noise, not color. When a bull is placed inside an arena, he finds himself in a hostile environment full of screaming people, so of course he goes for the attack.