Wednesday, February 19th, 2020 |العربية

Debunking Myth

Myth: The color red can infuriate a bull and make them charge.

Myth: The independence of India is most commonly attributed to the non-violent forms of resistance to the British rule advocated by Mahatma Gandhi who was successful at mobilizing masses and negotiating a peaceful settlement.

Myth: With the implementation of the new law banning smoking in Lebanon, opponents to the law and business owners have argued that the law is not economically viable, and that it would cost the Lebanese economy a considerable amount in lost revenue.

Myth: In the year 146 BC and with the end of the Third Punic War, Carthage was finally conquered by the Romans and burned to the ground. After the destruction of the city, the Romans sowed all the fields with salt in order to damage the crops and prevent the land from producing again in the near...

Myth: Arab Gulf countries and more specifically the United Arab Emirates have been praised for the ample opportunities they provide not only to their nationals, but also to foreigners in search of better work conditions. Finding a job seems much easier than in one’s own country, the money...

Myth: Sipping on a glass of wine on a cold winter evening is a tempting way to find warmth for our cold bodies. Wine and brandy are probably the most recommended for their ability to warm up a body when all else has failed.

Myth: The common system of numbers used across most of the world today is attributed to Arab mathematicians, and thus the system is known as Arabic numerals. The 10 digits between 0 and 9 were spread to Europe by the Arabs.

Myth: We all have heard the myth, whether from elementary science teachers or popular media that we only use 10% of our brain capacity. This implies that the biggest part of the brain remains unused and thus head injuries can only cause cognitive damage if they affect this 10%.

Myth: Water shortages in Lebanon have long been substituted for by the abundance of underground water reserves. The cost of water extraction is very low, and with proper management, Lebanon can even export this crucial source to regional countries.

Myth: It is commonly speculated that women who have had a history of breast cancer in their families, are at a high risk of developing the disease themselves.