Common MythConceptions: World’s Most Contagious Falsehoods


A dropped penny won’t kill you, alcohol doesn’t keep you warm, and swallowed gum doesn’t take seven years to digest. These are just three of the more than fifty rumors debunked in this compendious collection of common myths and misconceptions. Created by London-based data journalist and information designer David McCandless, the chart is organized by color into sections ranging from science to history, with each myth sized proportionally to its “virulence,” i.e. how many hits it turns up on Google.

Infographic by: informationisbeautiful

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