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DEBUNKING OLD HUSBANDS’ TALES

25 MYTHS EXPOSED, INCLUDING A FEW WITH A LITTLE TRUTH MIXED IN
Time-lapse photography shows how all stars in the Northern Hemisphere appear to rotate counter-clockwise around the North Star.

Every aspect of life seems to have axioms and truisms. Some are worth living your life by, and others are less reliable. The thing is, the less-reliable axioms usually have a kernel of truth buried inside.

Here are some of the outdoor-related sayings that we hear all the time, some of them so often that we tend to think they must be true. But most of these are not true, despite the occasional kernel of truth lying deep within.

NAVIGATION

All rivers lead to civilization so, if you’re lost, follow the river downstream.

We’ve heard it so often and we’ve seen it in movies. However, it’s simply not so! The reason you hear this advice repeated so often is that sometimes the river will get you to a village or a town. Those who died following this advice aren’t around to dispute this myth.

The North Star is the brightest star in the night sky.

If you’re lost, you can find north if you can find the North Star, known as Polaris, which is the brightest star in the night sky, right? If you find the brightest star in the sky, you’ve found Sirius, not the North Star. The North Star is actually the 48th-brightest star in the sky, and if you don’t know how to find it, you should consult a star chart.

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